Tag Archives: holidays

The Magic Tree: Enjoy a Little Holiday Sparkle in Columbia

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The Magic Tree has been a part of Columbia’s holiday tradition for 19 years. It was started by a man named Randy Fletcher, aka Will Treelighter, who continues to light the tree every year. Last year he spent about 50 hours putting approximately 50,000 lights on an ordinary tree to make it extraordinary. This year he hopes to outdo himself. ... Read More »

Celebrate Art & Inspiration in Carthage

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As the days begin to darken early and the nights begin to chill, retailers focus their attention on the holidays. It is a great time to see an upswing with extra sales and holiday bonuses but the holiday hustle and bustle can come with its own stresses. I find it is best to slow down and really enjoy time with ... Read More »

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 »

Put Cape Girardeau on Your Shopping List

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Wonderful and unique, locally owned shops have put Cape Girardeau on the map as a top shopping destination in Missouri. Whether your list is comprised of gifts for loved ones or maybe just a few items you’ve been wanting for yourself, you will be sure to find everything you are looking for, and more. We have comprised a guide of ... Read More »

‘Tis the Season for a Weston Candlelight Home Tour

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For those who love history, creativity and the joy of Christmas, there is a quaint 175 year-old town set amongst the beautiful countryside north of Kansas City, where the Holiday Season is brought to life! For 32 years, the small town of Weston, Missouri, with its historical preservation and distinction, has offered up five of its unique homes for the ... 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 »

We’re Dry and Ready for the Fourth of July!

Sounds of the Saint Charles Municipal Band billow through Missouri’s largest and oldest historic district.

Here in St. Charles, we’re all about events, especially given we played host in 2012 for more than 130 event days. By our last count, that breakdown comprised 18 parades, nine festivals, 29 sporting events and another 17 special events and activities of various shapes, sizes and duration. Recently we’ve been worried, as many folks have across the Midwest, about ... 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 »

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 »