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Father Christmas at the Alexander Majors House, Dec. 15

Enjoy a historic holiday with your children and grandchildren at The Alexander Majors HouseEach child will have the opportunity to participate in traditional Christmas activities, listen to stories, hear music, and meet Father Christmas.

$8.00 per child which includes a photo with Father Christmas.
Free for adults and children 2 and under.

Advance reservations are not necessary. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Saturday, December 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Like many of the historic-Christmas events at this time of year, this should help with Our Heritage and/or Living In The USA.

Candlelight at the John Wornall House, Dec. 7 and 8

https://i1.wp.com/wornallhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/DSCN3299a-200x149.jpgCandlelight is a beloved tradition at The Wornall House. This year, you will experience a unique Christmas story from the Victorian period told in each room of the home. There will also be music, singing, and open hearth baking. The interactive tours will start in the carriage house with refreshments and entertainment. Tours enter the house every 15 minutes between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Each tour lasts about 30 minutes.

Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8.

$8 for adults
$5 for seniors and kids ages 6-12
Free for children 5 and under

Advance reservations are recommended. To register and pay online, click here or call 816.444.1858.

Depending on the exact content of the tour, this might be good for Our Heritage or Living In The USA.

Museum After Hours, Dec. 5

In December, the Missouri State Museum will continue to have “Museum after Hours” on the first Wednesday of each month, when museum galleries will stay open until 9 p.m. This month, at 7 p.m., museum interpretive staff member and local historian Henry Gensky will present a program called “The Story of Missouri’s State Seal.” As well as giving a detailed explanation of the state seal, Gensky will talk about the seal’s designer, Robert W. Wells. Wells was an important figure in Jefferson City history. After designing the seal, he went on to become first the state’s attorney general, and then a federal judge. This program will take place in the museum classroom, which is located in the History Hall (east wing). 

If you have never been to the Missouri State Museum, it is well worth your time. Galleries highlight Missouri’s cultural history, role in the Civil War, natural resources, foundations of government, and veterans from the Seminole War to Operation Enduring Freedom. It’s a very concise way to grasp the sweep of Missouri history.

First Floor, State Capitol, 201 W. Capitol, Jefferson City, MO | Tele: 573-751-2854


A trip to the Missouri State Museum is sure to meet several requirements for the Living in the USA badge. This after-hours talk, in particular, should address #10 (required for Explorers). To make this trip more feasible on a school night, consider touring the museum earlier in the evening, and leaving directly after the presentation on the seal.

A Visit From St. Nicholas, Dec. 1

Experience Christmas as it was meant to be in the 19th century. Visit the farm house of 1889, log cabins of 1830’s; Experience the Civil War Encampments; Make your Christmas purchases at the 1876 Mercantile, post your letters to St. Nicholas at the Post Office; visit the serene setting of the 1884 Church; at the Arnold Home see how Swedish immigrants of the 1880s celebrated Santa Lucia Day and watch how lace was made.  Warm up by the ‘potbellied’ stove in the school, visit the Doctor’s office and then a visit with St. Nicholas in the family home decorated in high Victorian style.  At the end of your visit, you may want to ride the horse drawn sleigh for a brief ride through the countryside!

$5 per person, 5 and under free.

Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Shoal Creek Living History Museum
7000 N.E. Barry Road, Kansas City, MO 64156
(816) 792-2655

Depending on the activities you choose, this could meet requirements from Our Heritage, World Heritage, Living in the USA, and/or Citizenship and Government. Have fun with it!

Christmas At Mahaffie, Dec. 1

Kick off your Christmas Season with our Annual Christmas Open House.

Saturday, December 1; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Schedule of Events for Christmas Open House (free admission)

  • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Shady Grove String Band will play music in the Heritage Center
  • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Visit Father Christmas near the Mahaffie House
  • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Visit Santa in the Heritage Center!
  • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Shawnee Victorian Christmas Carolers
  • 2:30 p.m. Wheat Threshing Demonstration on Mahaffie Grounds
  • 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Visit the Mahaffie house and grounds for hands on Living History activities, such as stringing popcorn and cranberries, see what is cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie’s cookstove and visit the blacksmith.

$2/person ages 3 and up for stagecoach rides, weather and ground conditions permitting.

In the Heritage Center, enjoy the entertainment, make an ornament, and make a gingerbread house for $3/house.

No registration is required for Christmas Open House.


Depending on the activities you choose, this could apply to Our Heritage, Living in the USA, or Citizenship and Government.

Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration, Dec. 1 and 15

Come see how Mrs. Wornall prepared meals during the 1850s. Even if you have toured before, this new experience will be worth your while.

Saturday, December 1 and 15, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cost: Free with tour admission
John Wornall House
6115 Wornall Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64113


This outing has all sorts of possibilities when combined with a tour of the John Wornall House – consider Living In The USA #24, Citizenship and Government #20, and also discuss the similarities/differences to various styles of Outdoor Cooking.