Family Friendly Holiday Fun in St. Louis

Monday November 10, 2014

Planning a St. Louis family vacation this holiday season? With this hot list of annual traditions, we’ve got you covered. From festive things to see in St. Louis to Christmas activities for kids, here are 10 things to do with children in St. Louis this holiday season.

1. Watch the Tree Lighting at the Festival of Lights
Kick off the holiday season with this spectacular event on Saturday, November 22, 2014.  You’ll find an afternoon full of family friendly activities, a grand tree-lighting, exciting entertainment, fireworks and santa

2. Watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade
Celebrating its 30th year, more than 130 parade units will participate, including musical floats, giant helium balloon figures, animal units and marching bands from across the St. Louis area. The parade will conclude with a very special appearance by Santa Claus, to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.  November 27 at 8:45 a.m. in downtown St. Louis

3. Surround yourself with the magic of the season at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House
Escape the cold and experience Winter Jewels, at the Butterfly House. Go on a treasure hunt through the Animal Exhibit Hall, discover fairies in the Tropical Conservatory, and new friends in the Gnome Forest. But be sure to guard your treasure and watch out for battling pirate cockroaches. 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. November 28 through January 4th.

4. Take a ride on the Polar Express
Beginning, Saturday, November 22 – December 28, the magical story of The Polar Express comes to live when the Polar Express train departs St. Louis Union Station for a round-trip journey to the North Pole.

5. Ice skate at Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park
Enjoy ice skating daily from November 26, 2014 through January 31 on this beautiful outdoor 27,600 square foot rink in Forest park.  There’s a $7 admission and skate rental is $5.

6. Visit Santa’s Magical Kingdom at Jellystone Park
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. For even more fun, take an old fashioned wagon ride through the display. After seeing the lights, head over to Kringle’s General Store to visit with Santa and a little holiday shopping. This holiday display takes place  November. 14 2014 – January 4, 2015. Admission is $20 per car or $13 for wagon or train ride tickets.

7. Marvel at the illuminated wonderland at WildLights at the Saint Louis Zoo
Head over to the Saint Louis Zoo for a light festival, where families stroll through the enchanting holiday wonderland filled with thousands of colorful lights, animated displays, seasonal sounds and gather around a fire to hear stories.  This festive event takes place Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays: November 28-Decemeber 14 and Nightly: December 19-23, 26-30, 2014 and January 2-3, 2015. Admission is $6 for Zoo members and $7 for general public

8. Walk through the Gardenland Express at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Gardenland Express is a one-of-a-kind holiday flower and train show for all ages. Visitors will see G-scale trains of many eras traveling through a holiday landscape made up of festive decorations and thousands of fresh plants and beautiful poinsettias.

9. Enjoy crafts and breakfast with Santa at The Magic House – St. Louis Children’s Museum
Escape the chilly winter weather with Breakfast with Santa.  This great pancake breakfast includes a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause, a chance to make a holiday craft and of course, spend a little time enjoying the rest of the Magic House.

10. Check out the holiday-themed window displays in the Central West End
The holiday season in the Central West End Neighborhood kicks off December 6 with a Window Walk from 1 – 6 p.m.  This annual event showcases the Central West End retail and restaurants holiday themed window displays.  The all day event features activities and entertainment, tree lighting, and special offers from local retailers.  The holiday themed window displays will run December 1 through December 22.

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