Tag Archives: Christmas

Shop Around Springfield

Springfield Shopping

Holiday lights are twinkling in Missouri and people are searching for perfect gifts for their loved ones. Whether they begin their quest at Battlefield Mall or the mom-and-pop shops throughout the city, shoppers will find what they want in Springfield. Battlefield Mall features more than 150 retail shops filled with the latest fashions, home décor, gifts and more; wonderful restaurants; ... Read More »

Enjoy the Christmas Traditions in St. Charles

Photo courtesy of the St. Charles CVB.

Santa, and Mrs. Claus of course, rule in St. Charles for the Christmas Traditions festival.  It just so happens there are ten Santa characters as a part of this annual event celebrating its 39th anniversary this year. In the event you’re keeping score…here’s the Santa line-up for 2013: Victorian Santa Frontier Santa Civil War Santa Father Christmas World War II ... Read More »

Enjoy a ‘Christmas Castle’ in Independence

The holiday kitchen inside the Vaile Mansion.

Maybe you don’t have the time or money to travel to Disneyworld to see the famous Sleeping Beauty castle or even King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein fantasy palace in Germany, the inspiration for the famous Orlando symbol of Mickey’s kingdom. Happily, I’ve been lucky enough to do both in my lifetime. But the next best thing to be found in Missouri is, ... Read More »

Visit Independence – Where Holiday Traditions Begin

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Eggnog and freshly baked gingerbread, caroling in your neighborhood on a chilly evening, opening a present on Christmas Eve and finding a new set of pajamas (again!) or decorating your tree with paper ornaments  made by your children. Everyone has a favorite holiday memory. I’d like to share one of mine, which started many years ago after my first Christmas ... Read More »

Five Fun 5Ks in North Missouri

2009 Hannibal Cannibal 10K and 5K Run/Walk, Hannibal

Hundreds and thousands of people running 3.1 miles may not sound like a fun activity to you. Yet, many people enjoy the activity and pay to be in organized races, relays or fun runs. I am one of them. The purpose of the fun run is to raise money for a worthy cause, the free T-shirt is a just a ... Read More »

Remembering Original Barbie and the Cowboy Craze

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Staffers at the Missouri Division of Tourism recently were asked to share memories of their favorite Gifts from Christmas Past, with the caveat their responses should be: Totally superficial Related to gifts received before age 17 or 18. Overall, the results were varied, but fairly heavy on dolls and music-playing devices. In this, our final installment, the focus is on ... Read More »

Christmas Spirit on Display in Hermann

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If there was an award for Christmas decorations inside a home, Father Bill’s residence in Hermann, Mo., would win hands-down. The Rev. William Debo lives in the rectory adjoining St. George Catholic Church, whose bell tower stands high above this quaint river town in the hills of the Missouri River Valley. Every Christmas, the 21 rooms inside the three-story red ... Read More »

A Christmas Tradition in Kansas City

Recently, I made a trip to Kansas City to check out a long-standing Christmas tradition, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol.” Most people equate the holidays in Kansas City with the famous Plaza Lights, but for 32 of the last 33 years, the Repertory Theatre – or just The Rep – has delighted audiences with ... Read More »

Boomers Relish Gifts From Their Youth

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a six-part series about MDT staff memories of Gifts of Christmas Past. Check back next week for the final installment. Staffers at the Missouri Division of Tourism recently were asked to share memories of their favorite Gifts from Christmas Past, with the caveat their responses should be: Totally superficial Related to gifts received ... Read More »