10 Events Happening in St. Louis this December

Thursday December 1, 2016

The Holiday season kicks into high gear this month in St. Louis. Here are 10 events you will not want to miss:

Central West End Window Walk | December 2

The Central West End neighborhood kicks off the holiday season with a window walk and street festival. The fun begins at 1pm with live entertainment, ice carving, children activities, s’mores station and more while you browse for your favorite Holiday window display.

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.

The Nutcracker presented by Saint Louis Ballet | December 15  – 23

Gen Horiuchi’s version of The Nutcracker, presented by Saint Louis Ballet, is a family friendly magical adventure with glitter, smoke, and pyrotechnics to keep this holiday classic fresh. The Nutcracker features the talents of Saint Louis Ballet’s professional company along with students from the Saint Louis Ballet School – and special surprise guests in the comic role of Mother Ginger. Glorious dancing, Tchaikovsky’s classic score — a holiday tradition in Saint Louis since 2000

U.S. Bank Wild Lights | Until December 30

Stroll through the Saint Louis Zoo’s enchanting holiday wonderland and enjoy over half a million twinkling lights and festive fun for the whole family.

Polar Express Train Ride | Until December 30

All aboard! The Polar Express Train Ride departs from St. Louis Union Station all month long! Visitors to St. Louis this holiday season can book a trip that’s bound to create a Christmas memory they will treasure forever-a journey to the North Pole via the Polar Express.

Six Flags St. Louis Holiday in the Park | until January 1

Six Flags St. Louis Holiday in the Park returns! The theme park is transformed into a winter wonderland. Over one million lights will adorn the park and set the stage for a magical holiday celebration. Guests can take in one of the live, holiday themed shows, visit with Santa at his cottage, enjoy some of their favorite holiday treats and experience the various street entertainment. In between the holiday festivities, guests can enjoy some of their favorite rides or warm up by one of the many crackling fires located throughout the park.

Saint Louis Symphony’s Mercy Holiday Celebration | December 15 – 17

Celebrate the most wonderful time of year with the STL Symphony and Holiday Festival Chorus performing a concert full of timeless holiday classics. The music and smiles on children’s faces when visiting with jolly ol’ St. Nick will be sure to leave you with a holiday feeling unlike any other. Join us and experience for yourself why thousands of St. Louisans make this their annual holiday tradition.

Garden Glow | until January 1

Garden Glow features a million lights surrounding visitors with a spectacle of unique installations amid some of the Garden’s most iconic locations. Enjoy interactive photo opportunities, traditional holiday music and festivities, delicious food and drinks and more as the Garden is transformed around you into a winter wonderland.

Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park | Until Jan. 7

Always a holiday and seasonal favorite is a visit to Steinberg Ice Rink in Forest Park. It is the largest outdoor skating rink in the Midwest and is open to the public every day of the week, including holidays.

Winterfest at the Arch | December 27 – January 8

The Gateway Arch Park Foundation and the St. Louis Blues team up again to bring an ice rink to downtown St. Louis.  Enjoy ice skating with a view of the Gateway Arch.  Be on the lookout for additional events including a Toy Drive, a Winter’s Dinner and more.

Make sure to share your St. Louis photos with us using #ExploreStLouis, you could be featured on our social page here.  For more events, festivals and things to do in St. Louis, check out our events calendar.

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