Big bands swing the night away as hundreds pack into historic Union Station, champagne glasses held aloft, awaiting the ball to drop and the clock to strike midnight. Earlier, kids young and old celebrated with animals from across the globe at the Kansas City Zoo, proving you don’t have to be of age to get wild for the New Year.
It’s New Year’s Eve in Kansas City, a time to celebrate, reflect and look forward to everything that the future holds in the City of Fountains.
Here’s everything you need to know about New Year’s Eve in Kansas City:
Kansas City celebrates New Year’s Eve all throughout the metro. Whether you’re in Downtown KC, Westport, the Crossroads Arts District or Country Club Plaza—plus all the other great neighborhoods—you’ll find parties galore and special ways to count down to 2021.
Take, for example, New Year’s Swingin’ Eve at Union Station, a big-band-fueled bash complete with a midnight balloon drop, celebratory dancing and bubbly toasts all around. Other parties are less dress-up and more party-down. Up north, head to The Village at Briarcliff for the sixth annual New Year’s Eve Party at The View, a premium countdown experience featuring gourmet food, a live band and plenty more.
Over at the Power & Light District you’ll find great DJs, confetti cannons, variety performances and more at NYE Live! at the KC Live! Block in the Power & Light District.
Young ones will love Zoo Year’s Eve at the Kansas City Zoo, the perfect place to get up close and personal with exotic animals.
Another great option for children is Noon Year’s Eve at Science City at Union Station. The interactive, hands-on science playground serves as a safe and fun environment for kids to play on the last day of the year.