As one of the largest working train stations in America, it’s no wonder Santa and his elves chose to ride the Holiday Express Train into Union Station every year. The meticulously restored century-old station in Kansas City incarnates the spirit of yesteryear in a genuinely old-fashioned Christmas extravaganza spreading holiday cheer throughout December.
Kansas City Southern Holiday Express Train
Holiday happenings take place throughout 850,000 square feet of space inside Union Station, but none is more magical than the Holiday Express Train. The train rolls along the tracks and into the station on five days of the month, from December 18 to 22. Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves are aboard, and everyone is welcome to visit with the North Pole clan and tour the train at no cost. A smiling Rudy tank car leads the way, pulling a flatcar with Santa’s sleigh, a miniature village and the reindeer. There’s also a gingerbread boxcar, a reindeer stable, elves’ workshop and a little red caboose.
Miniature Train Rides and a Christmas Pageant
Inside the station, a miniature holiday train, also known as the Jones Store Train, offers rides for little ones under 48 inches tall and up to about 6 years of age. The rides are free for Union Station members or just $5 for everyone else. At City Stage, a group of mischievous kids discover the true meaning of Christmas in a hilarious production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
Laser Holiday Magic
Inside Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium, which resides within Union Station year round, the 360-degree dome comes alive with a stunning laser show choreographed with holiday tunes, surround sound and 4K projection technology. Morning shows and afternoon matinees provide lots of chances to experience the lively animations and abstracts parading across the walls and ceilings. Special laser productions include Laser Nutcracker and Lasers of Oz.
Classic Holiday Movies
Regnier Extreme Screen Theatre, home to a five-story-high screen that’s 80 feet wide, holiday movies come alive in the biggest way imaginable. For just $3 per ticket, the whole family enjoys Christmas classics such as Elf with Will Ferrell. How the Grinch Stole Christmas and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. On December 8-18, a special treat is the Polar Express pajama party, where kids are encouraged to come in their PJs for the film showing.
Every season is special when making your home in one of our Kansas City apartment communities. Call today for more information and to set up a private tour of a complex near you.