12 Events Happening in St. Louis this December
The holiday season continues in December with festivals, captivating museum exhibits and wintertime celebrations. Here are 12 events happening in St. Louis this December.
Maplewood’s Christmas Tree Walk | December 2
At 6 p.m., Maplewood officially ushers in the holidays with the lighting of its Christmas tree at Citizens National Bank. Carolers and Santa Claus will be on hand for the occasion, too. Then grab a hot chocolate and take a carriage around Maplewood, or stroll through the downtown historic district, where local businesses will hold open houses and offer holiday specials.
South Grand 16th Annual Grinchmas | December 2
Not to let Santa have all the fun this Holiday Season the Grinch will be out spreading holiday cheer and joy and to help raise funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children on Saturday. For a $7 donation, participants can get their photo taken with the Grinch. Those who bring a toy donation can get a photo taken for only $5. Joining the Grinch will be the clowns from Moolah Shriners, who will offer free face-painting and balloon animals.
Central West End Window Walk | December 2 – 23
The Central West End neighborhood kicks off the holiday season with a window walk and street festival. The fun begins on December 2 at 1pm with live entertainment, ice carving, children activities, s’mores station and more while you browse for your favorite Holiday window display.
Winter Celebration | December 8 – 10
The Saint Louis Art Museum presents a weekend of festivities for family and friends inspired by the warmth of the season and cultures near and far. You’ll find performances and art activities to create new memories, as well as experiences that delight and surprise. It’s a weekend of joy!
Experience a glimpse of early Christmas holiday traditions and modern holiday collections in this tour of homes in Historic Lafayette Square. In addition to the Holiday Parlor tour is the Holiday Market featuring many local businesses and artists – enjoy delicious treats & beverages, handmade goods, beauty products, crafts & visits with Santa.
Movie Night at Ballpark Village | December 13
See a free movie at Fox Sports Midwest Live! at Ballpark Village. December’s movie is The Emoji Movie. The fun starts at 5pm with movie related activities or photo op.
A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage | December 15
Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang in their journey to uncover the true meaning of Christmas at the Peabody Opera House. The Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage has a fresh take on this timeless classic that gives the audience a completely new way of experience the storyline as portrayed by real actors who maintain the integrity and spirit of each peanuts character.
Bud Light Braggin’ Rights | December 23
A heated rivalry steeped in tradition, warm holiday spirit and loud, passionate fans holding the hottest tickets in town make the annual Bud Light Braggin’ Rights Game presented by State Farm Insurance the highlight of the basketball season. Join the Missouri Tigers and the Illinois Fighting Illini as they celebrate the 37th anniversary of what has become one of the best rivalries in all of college basketball at Scottrade Center.
Winter Getaway | December 27 – 31
Bring your family to the Missouri History Museum for a fun-filled winter break! Enjoy live music, movement workshops, make-and-takes, and even a Noon Year’s Eve Party!
Cinderella at the Fox Theatre | December 27 – 30
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations, and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball, and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream…or a really great pair of shoes.
Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park | December 28
December is the beginning of bald eagle spotting in the Metro area. Every year, thousands of eagles build their winter nests along the banks of the Mississippi River. Pere Marquette State Park is hosting its first Bald Eagle Day in mid-December. Visitors will watch a short presentation, then take a drive through the park to do some eagle
The Polar Express Train Ride at St. Louis Union Station | Through December 30
The magical story of a boy’s search for the meaning of Christmas comes to life when real trains departs St. Louis Union Station for a round-trip journey to the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the story The Polar Express. Once onboard, hot chocolate and cookies are served as passengers read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg.
For a full list of events happening this December in St. Louis, check out our calendar of events. Also, be sure to share your photos of your St. Louis adventure using the hashtag #ExploreStLouis.