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Christmas Eve Traditions in Kansas City
Every year on Christmas Eve, families in Kansas City gather together to celebrate. This year, Santa will be making his rounds on Christmas Eve, bringing joy and presents to good girls and boys all over the city. If you want to know when Santa will be in your neighborhood, check the list below.
Santa’s arrival in Kansas City
Santa Claus arrive in Kansas City on Christmas Eve every year to deliver presents to all the good girls and boys. His journey begins at the North Pole where he checks his list twice to see who’s been naughty or nice. Then he sets off in his sleigh, led by his trusty reindeer, and flies all around the world until he finally arrives in Kansas City.
Upon his arrival, Santa is greeted by cheering crowds of children and their families. He then heads to Crown Center, where he stops to take photos with all the kids who come to see him. After that, it’s off to Union Station, where he greets more children and hands out candy canes. Finally, Santa makes his way to Country Club Plaza, where he ends his night by waving to everyone who came out to see him.
It’s always a magical night when Santa comes to town, and it’s sure to be a night that your kids will remember forever.
Santa’s visit to Union Station
In Kansas City, Santa’s visit to Union Station is one of the most beloved Christmas Eve traditions. Every year, families gather to watch as Santa arrives on a special train, greeted by a crowd of cheering children. After he arrives, Santa will visit with each child individually, taking time to hear their Christmas wishes. This tradition has been a cherished part of Kansas City’s holiday season for generations, and it’s one that your family is sure to enjoy.
Santa’s visit to the Country Club Plaza
On Christmas Eve, Santa Claus makes a special stop in Kansas City at the Country Club Plaza. This tradition started in 1909 when J.C. Nichols had the first Santa Claus come to visit his new shopping center. Santa arrives by horse-drawn carriage at 6 p.m. and then visits with children in front of the fountain at Nichols Court. After his visit, he returns to the North Pole to prepare for his Christmas Eve delivery route.
Santa’s Schedule in Kansas City
Santa will be in Kansas City on December 24th from 5pm to 9pm. He will be at the North Pole on December 25th.
Santa’s arrival time in Kansas City
Santa will be arriving in Kansas City at 5 p.m. on December 24th. He will be making his way through the city and will be available for photos and visits from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Santa’s departure time from Kansas City
On Christmas Eve, Santa will depart from the North Pole at 10:00 p.m. EST (9:00 p.m. CST) and begin his delivery route. He is expected to arrive in Kansas City at 11:00 p.m. CST. His last stop will be in Marshall County, where he will deliver presents to all the good girls and boys before returning to the North Pole
Santa’s stops in Kansas City
Here is a list of all the places Santa will be stopping in Kansas City this year!
-Saturday, December 1st: 12pm-4pm at the Oak Park Mall
-Sunday, December 2nd: 1pm-5pm at Country Club Plaza
-Monday, December 3rd: 6pm-8pm at Crown Center
-Tuesday, December 4th: 5pm-7pm at Legends Outlets Kansas City
-Wednesday, December 5th: 4pm-8pm at Union Station
-Thursday, December 6th: 6pm-8pm at Town Center Plaza
-Friday, December 7th: 5pm-7pm at The Landing in Parkville
-Saturday, December 8th: 10am-12pm at Zona Rosa
How to track Santa’s progress
Santa’s progress can be tracked on the Santa Tracker website. The website uses Google Maps to show Santa’s current location. Santa can also be seen on the radar, and his progress can be followed on the map.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
Since 1955, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s flight. The tradition began on Christmas Eve in 1955 after a phone call was made to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s office from a young boy who had mistakenly called a number published in a local newspaper as the direct line to Santa Claus.
The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa’s progress and provide updates on his location. This tradition continued until 1958 when the governments of Canada and the United States created NORAD to defend their airspace. At that time, Major General Joseph W. Becker took charge of Operation Santa and our tradition continued.
Now known as NORAD Tracks Santa, our operation uses your phone calls, emails, tweets, Facebook posts and more to trackSanta’s journey around the world on Christmas Eve.
In addition to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) website, you can also track Santa’s progress on Google Maps.
To do so, simply open up Google Maps on your computer or phone, and search for “Santa.” If it’s anywhere near Christmas Eve, you should see his location pop up (indicated by a giant red icon with a white beard), as well as how many presents he has delivered and how many more he has to go. You can also click on the “follow” button to get real-time updates on Santa’s location.
The Santa Tracker app
The Santa Tracker app is a great way to keep track of Santa’s progress on Christmas Eve. Simply download the app and enter your location. The app will then show you where Santa is and how long it will be until he arrives at your house.