It’s the most wonderful time of the year once again and we welcome you to see the spectacular scene in St. Louis! The following are treasured traditions and new magical experiences including decorative lighting displays, festive entertainment and more. While enjoying the holiday season in St. Louis, we invite you to search for the perfect gift at one of our local shopping centers and don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic which will be held at Busch Stadium on Jan.
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
All aboard Santa’s Express Train Ride (Nov. 18-Dec. 30) presenting the classic story ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. The train rides will depart from historic St. Louis Union Station making the season bright for all the boys and girls. This fun holiday event is one of fourteen new attractions and activities that have been added to the Holidays at Union Station experience this year. For the first time ever, Six Flags St. Louis becomes a magical winter wonderland featuring thousands of colorful lights and thrilling rides at Holiday in the Park (Nov. 25-Jan 1). So, if your kids have been nice all year, take them out to celebrate at Missouri’s coaster capital during the holidays.
Visitors are invited to walk through the world-renowned Saint Louis Zoo U.S. Bank Wild Lights and take in a wonderland of spectacular light displays (Nov. 25-27, Nov. 30-Dec. 4, Dec. 7-11, 14-23, & 26-30). At Missouri Botanical Garden’s top rated Garden Glow lighting exhibit (Nov. 19-Jan 1; closed Dec. 24 and 25) visitors will be surrounded by a spectacle of unique light installations as lights will adorn some of the Garden’s most iconic locations. For over 30 years, Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park (Nov. 23-Jan. 1, Closed Dec. 24 and 31) has been one of the most popular Christmas light displays in the area, celebrating the joyous season with various holiday scenes.
The Missouri Botanical Garden welcomes the Chanukah: Festival of Lights (Dec. 18) with a symbolic lighting of the menorah, followed by Jewish music and dancing. The annual Kwanzaa Celebration returns to the Saint Louis Art Museum on Jan. 1 with culture, performance and the tradition of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. This special time of year would not be complete without taking in a performance of the Saint Louis Symphony’s Mercy Holiday Celebration concert at Powell Symphony Hall on Dec. 16-18. The magic of the season continues as the Saint Louis Ballet presents their rendition of Tchaikovsky’s classic The Nutcracker (Dec. 16-23) at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
Show your moves on the ice while practicing the all-time favorite wintertime activity ice skating at Steinberg Ice Rink in Forest Park (opens mid-Nov. through Feb. 23 – with extended holiday hours, Nov. 23 – 26 and Dec. 16 – Jan. 7, 10 a.m. – Midnight). Enjoy outdoor skating with the wondrous backdrop of the downtown Clayton skyline and the long-standing oak trees at the Shaw Park Ice Rink (Nov. 25-Feb. 26). Winter fun is minutes away at Hidden Valley where you can go snow skiing, boarding or snow tubing in the polar plunge tubing area beginning December 2016.
The St. Louis area has some of the finest neighborhood boutiques and shops for holiday giving, from The Loop to Washington Ave. in downtown, or the quaint shops in Central West End, St. Charles, Old Town Florissant, and others. From the home furnishings at IKEA St. Louis, to the luxurious Plaza Frontenac to Chesterfield’s St. Louis Premium Outlets® and Taubman Prestige Outlets, St. Louis offers yet another great shopping experience for residents and visitors to the city.
As always, you can visit ExploreStLouis.com for even more ways to celebrate the holiday season in St. Louis. Happy Holidays!