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St. Louis Holiday Happenings

Each year in November and December, people begin to focus on the meaning of Thanksgiving and Christmas to begin planning ways to enjoy the celebrations of the holiday season. For many parents and grandparents there is an additional focus – creating long-lasting holiday memories and traditions for the kids and grandkids. This year, take a trip to experience the merriment and atmosphere of St. Louis during the holidays! “St. Louis is the perfect holiday destination as it snuggles visitors with the warmth of the festive season,” says Donna Andrews, Director of Public Relations for the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission. “There are an abundance of holiday-related activities all family members can enjoy. From finding that perfect gift in one of many boutiques … having breakfast with Santa and touring historic homes decorated for the season. St. Louis is a year-round destination, so visiting in November and December is sure to create memorable holiday experiences.”

Turkey Time Trots:

St. Louis Thanksgiving Day Parade

Date: 11/25/2010
Location: Downtown St. Louis

Kick-off the holidays watching the Midwest’s best holiday parade! The parade begins at North 4th Street and Washington Avenue, proceeds South on North 4th Street to Market Street, continues west on Market Street and ends at 14th Street.

The Loop Holiday Walk

Date: 11/26/2010
Location: The Loop Neighborhood
For more information call:
(314) 725-4466

Crafts, music, food, entertainment, a children’s area and much more – sure to be fun for the whole family!

Winter Wonder Walk

Date: 11/21/2010
Location: Tilles Park at the corner of Litzsinger and McKnight Roads in St. Louis County
For more information call: (314) 615-7275

Over one million twinkling lights and holiday scenes during a walk through Tilles Park. Concessions and photo opportunities with holiday characters are available.

U.S. Bank Wild Lights

Date: 11/26/2010 - 12/12/2010
Location: The Saint Louis Zoo in Forest Park
For more information call: (314) 781-0900

Stroll through the Zoo’s enchanting holiday wonderland and enjoy thousands of colorful lights and seasonal sounds.

Christmas at the Cathedral

Date: 12/3/2010
Location: Cathedral Basilica of
Saint Louis For more information call: (314) 533-7662

This concert features the 120-voice Archdiocesan Adult Choir, 20-piece Orchestra, 70-voice Children’s Choir and 5-octave Handbell Choir in the splendor of the Cathedral Basilica.

St. Louis Holiday Magic

Date: 12/3/2010 - 12/5/2010
Location: America’s Center For more information call: (800) 247-9791

The family-friendly weekend show features unique shopping, dazzling holiday lights and decorations, indoor carnival rides and live entertainment.

8th Annual Breakfast with Santa

Date: 12/5/2010
Location: The Magic House,
St. Louis Children’s Museum For more information call: (314) 822-8905

A pancake breakfast cooked by a pancake flipper extraordinaire, a special photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a craft and admission to The Magic House.

First Night Saint Louis

Date: 12/31/2010
Location: Grand Center Arts &
Entertainment District For more information call: (314) 289-8121

A celebration featuring visual and performing arts, musicians, storytellers, dancers, magicians, actors and puppeteers. The grand procession starts at 5:30 p.m., leading the way to the main stage located at the intersection of Grand Boulevard and Lindell Avenue, for the opening ceremony at 6 p.m. Children’s fireworks at 9 p.m. and Grand Fireworks at midnight.


Grand Garden Gazing:

Location: Missouri Botanical Garden, Ridgway Visitor Center
For more information call: (314) 577-5100

Holiday Wreath Exhibition
Date: 11/20/2010 - 1/2/2011

An exhibition of unusual, magnificent wreaths created by some of the area’s finest floral designers.

Gardenland Express
Date: 11/24/2010 - 1/2/2011

Watch model trains travel through a miniature landscape of living plants, small towns and rural dwellings along the Appalachian Trail. Twinkling holiday trees, snowflakes and over 600 colorful poinsettias and flowers surround the scene!

Christmas Carols in the Garden
Date: 12/4/2010 - 12/19/2010

Enjoy festive carols, Santa in his sleigh, chestnuts roasting on an open fire and a gingerbread house display. Meet Rudolph, join in family crafting activities and see the Gardenland Express display (included with special event admission).

Victorian Christmas at Tower Grove House
Date: 11/23/2010 - 1/2/2011
Location: Tower Grove House

See the Victorian country home of Garden founder Henry Shaw decked for the season. Enjoy storytelling on Saturdays at 11 a.m.



Look at the Lovely Lights:

Holiday Festival of Lights

Date: 11/19/2010
Location: Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis and Memorial Park in the St. Louis County Government Center in Clayton.
For more information: call (314) 436-6500

Christmas lights are simultaneously turned on at 6:30 p.m. in downtown
St. Louis and downtown Clayton for the official start of the holiday season. Holiday activities and fireworks will be held at each location.

Way of Lights Christmas Display

Date: 11/19/2010 - 1/2/2011
Location: National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.
For more information call: (618) 397-6700

A drive through scenic fantasy of over one million lights that wind past electro-art sculptures, life-size figures and displays that depict the Christmas Story. A Christmas village, choirs, a Christmas tree display and horse-drawn carriage rides add to the festivities!

25th Annual Winter Wonderland

Date: 11/24/2010 - 1/2/2011
Location: Tilles County Park, corner of Litzsinger and McKnight Roads in St. Louis County
For more information call: (314) 615-7275

One mile of more than a million twinkling holiday lights fashioned into characters and festive scenes with a canopy of lights glistening throughout 75 acres of forest in Tilles Park in St. Louis County. Saturdays are reserved for horse-drawn carriages, but rides are also available daily.

Fun at the Fabulous Fox:

Location: The Fox Theatre in Grand Center
Tickets: (314) 534-1111
For more information call: (314) 534-1678

The Joffrey Ballet in Nutcracker
Date: 12/2/2010 - 12/5/2010

A Christmas Carol
Date: 12/9/2010 - 12/12/2010

Johnny Mathis Holiday Show
Date: 12/17/2010

Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Date: 12/21/2010 - 12/29/2010


*Note: Go to to see a complete calendar of St. Louis events.




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