High flying acts help Union Station light up for holidays

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Christmas may still be five weeks away, but Union Station had its unofficial kickoff to the holiday season Saturday night.

They lit the tree and the rest of the grand hall. That was followed by an aerial acrobatic show by local dance studio Quixotic.

“I saw the Elf doing flips in the hoop, I also some people in balls and I think it was a soldier going up in a rope,” young Annabel Edwards recalled.

It’s the second year Union Station asked Quixotic to be part of the festivities, though this year’s show added the tight rope and was twice as long. One night alone of festivities cost Union Station tens of thousands of dollars, but even won over those who were saying "bah humbug" before.

“He was like 'do we have to?' And I was like 'yeah we have to.' Then he enjoyed it,” Jenny Harris said of her 11-year-old son.

“Circue du Soleil quality and not Circue du Soleil prices. Yes, Kansas City! It feels like Union Station has become Kansas City’s Rockefeller Center,” Rebecca Crech said of the free show.

“Kansas City really embraces Union Station and we appreciate that and we want to continue to be important for the community and be a symbol,” Union Station Chief Operating Officer Jerry Baber said.

After the show people headed back to the miniature train where rides were free Saturday night only, but will continue running through the holiday season.

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