Celebrate the Holidays in St. Louis 2013
The Holiday season is here and there are so many ways to get into the spirit in St. Louis. From shimmering light displays, a rousing holiday parade, heart-warming theatrical performances and stirring musical concerts multiple the magic of the holidays in St. Louis with lots of memories-in-the-making.
Macy’s Festival of Lights, Downtown St. Louis, November 22, 4-6 p.m.
The holiday season officially begins in St. Louis with the Macy’s Festival of Lights! Crowds gather in Kiener Plaza to watch the official lighting of the tree. The event includes live entertainment and a stunning fireworks display to cap off the evening.
Thanksgiving Day Parade, Downtown St. Louis, November 28, 8:45 am
Whether you’re a first timer or upholding the family tradition, the Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade is always an exciting show filled with floats, balloons, marching bands and more. The parade starts at N. 4th Street and Washington Ave and proceeds South on N. 4th Street to Market Street. From there it heads West on Market Street and concludes at 10th Street. Click here for Parade route.
Holiday Magic, America’s Center, November 29 – December 1
The popular and family-friendly holiday show returns to the America’s Center convention complex. Get a jump on your holiday shopping and spend an entire fun-filled day with the whole family. Activities include full-scale carnival rides, entertainment and hands-on arts and crafts projects for the kids.
Garden Glow, November 23 – January 4, 2014 (Select Dates)
Experience the Missouri Botanical Garden as you never have before at its first ever Garden Glow. Lights transform familiar pathways and iconic garden structures into visual masterpieces for the winter months. Also enjoy food (including make-your-own-s’mores!), drink and music as you tour the whimsical paths.
Garden Land Express, November 23 – January 5, 2014 (Select Dates)
All aboard for some holiday fun at the Missouri Botanical Garden! The annual Gardenland Express holiday flower and train show delights visitors of all ages. G-Scale model trains zoom through a miniature landscape of living plants surrounded by more than 400 colorful poinsettias and other flowers.
Take in the beautiful views of Forest Park as you ice skate in one of the most popular outdoor rinks in St. Louis. After a few spins around the ice you can warm up with hot chocolate or a meal at the Snowflake Café.
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 sculpting and chestnut roasting while you browse for your favorite Holiday window display.
Colorful light displays permeate the holidays with a festive feel, and they abound in St. Louis. Here are some ways you can experience them:
Kick back and relax at one of St. Louis’ newest outlet malls, as they hold their first annual tree-lighting ceremony. The Muny Kids, TeamSTAGES and Ashleyliane Dance Company will entertain and a special visitor from the North Pole will drop by.
Santa’s Magical Kingdom, November 15 – January 5, 2014
Millions of lights and dozens of holiday scenes fill Jellystone Park in Eureka. You can see Santa’s flying reindeer, travel through the Candy Cane Village or visit the Waterfall of Lights. After seeing the lights, head over to Kringle’s General store for a little holiday shopping.
Annual Winter Wonderland, November 27 – January 1, 2014
For 28 years Tilles Park has been turned into a Winter Wonderland every holiday season. The park is filled with more than one million sparkling lights and festive holiday scenes. You can drive through the display, but honestly the best way to see the display is by horse-drawn carriage.
U.S. Bank Wild Lights, November 29 – Dec 30 (Dates Vary)
If you have never walked through the zoo on a winter evening, don’t miss your chance. As you stroll through the zoo’s holiday wonderland watch as exhibits come to live with thousands of colorful lights, animated displays and seasonal sounds. Kids can hear fireside holiday stories and go nose-to-beak with Penguins as parents shop the gift shops.
44th Annual Way of Lights, November 22 – January 3, 2014
The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, IL displays more than a million twinkling lights and electro-art displays portray the true Christmas story along a mile-and-a-half route. Other ctivities include horse-drawn wagon rides, tree and wreath displays, camel rides, indoor laser show and interactive children’s village.
Anheuser-Busch Holiday Light Experience, November 22 – December 28, 2013
Enjoy the new and improved holiday lights experience in it’s 28th year at Anheuser-Busch with new attractions including more lights, live music, fire pits for roasting s’mores, photo time with the famous Budweiser Clydesdales and complimentary seasonal beer samples.
The 6500 block of Murdoch in St. Louis is known as “Candy Cane Lane.” Nearly every house is lit up with colorful decorations. There are also lights wrapped around the trees and high across the street. The block is located in the St. Louis Hill neighborhood between Ted Drewes and Francis Park.
Looking for a musical mood-setter? Check out these upcoming performances:
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, December, 8
The holiday favorite dramatizes the traditional story of Masha meeting her “Prince” and, exclusive to Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, adds a tribute to world peace as well.
Ninth Annual Christmas at the Cathedral, December 7-8
In the timeless splendor of Cathedral Basilica St. Louis. The concert includes performances by the Archdiocesan Adult Choir, Children’s Choir, Handbell Choir and Orchestra.
A Christmas Carol, December 5-8
What would the holidays be without a visit with Scrooge, Tiny Tim and his family at the Fabulous Fox Theatre.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, December 14-15
The St. Louis Symphony performs the sounds of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas with Chip Davis’ modern symphonic arrangements of holiday songs.
ELF the Musical, December 17-29 (Dates Vary)
At the Fox Theatre in Grand Center. This tale of a misfit Elf is sure to brighten your day
Holiday Celebration, December 20-22
St. Louis Symphony holiday concert at Powell Hall featuring the Symphony and the Holiday Festival Chorus. The show includes carols and other holiday music, and Santa will pay a visit.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, December 23
It’s described as an “American progressive rock band” brings you the final performance of “The Lost Christmas Eve” to the Scottrade Center.