10 Things To Do In St. Louis – Holiday Edition

The holiday season in St. Louis is jam packed with activities from parades and holiday lights to indoor winter festivals and theater performances. So, put a visit to St. Louis on your holiday “to do” list!   Here’s a list of 10 holiday activities to enjoy while you’re here!

1. Ameren Missouri Festival of Lights

(Nov. 22 from 3-6:30 p.m. at St. Louis Union Station) – The highly anticipated Ameren Missouri Festival of Lights will once again help ring in the holiday season in St. Louis with entertainment, food, holiday lights and fireworks.

2. Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade - POSTPONED

(Nov. 27 at 8:45 a.m. in downtown St. Louis) – Stay tuned for information on a rescheduled date. 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.

3. Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden

(Nov. 22 – Jan 3, Wednesdays through Sundays) – Visitors will have the opportunity to stroll through the Missouri Botanical Garden at night surrounded by a spectacle of unique light installations. Hundreds of thousands of lights will adorn some of the Garden’s most iconic locations including the Climatron®, Kaeser Memorial Maze, the Central Axis and Tower Grove House.

4. Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park

(Nov. 26 – Jan. 1) – Don’t miss your chance to see one of the most popular Christmas light displays in the area. For 29 years, Tilles Park in St. Louis County has been making memories for families across the region with its Winter Wonderland. If you want to make your visit extra special try a horse-drawn carriage ride.

5. Holiday Magic and the Polar Express at Union Station

(Nov. 22 – December 28) – Onboard a real train, you will be whisked off to “the North Pole” to relive the magic of the classic children’s book, THE POLAR EXPRESS™. Enjoy lots of other holiday festivities at Union Station like live entertainment, Santa and much more!

6. Themed Light Displays

St. Louis has wonderful themed light displays. Be sure to check out Way of Lights (Nov. 21 – Jan. 2) at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. This unique display features a mile-and-a-half drive of over one million lights and displays that include life-size biblical statues taking visitors on a journey to Bethlehem. Take in the lights with some of your favorite animals at U.S. Bank Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo (Nov. 28-30, Dec. 5-7, 12-14, 19-23, 26-30, 2014; also Jan. 2-3, 2015).

7. Outdoor Holiday Fun

If you’d rather be outdoors enjoying the holiday, grab your skates and head to Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park (Opens Nov. 14) and Shaw Park Ice Rink (weather permitting, the season will open on Friday, Nov. 28) – Two popular ice rinks Ice skating is always a holiday and seasonal favorite so be sure to visit rinks in both St. Louis City and St. Louis County. Hidden Valley is the place to be for skiing, tubing and riding.

8. Holiday Musicals

Sit back, relax and enjoy the show and St. Louis’ amazing cultural venues. Be sure to check out the holiday show and concert listings for The Fabulous Fox Theatre, Peabody Opera House, The Sheldon Concert Hall, Touhill Performing Arts Center and the Cathedral Basilica.

9. Holiday Shopping

Don’t forget your holiday shopping, as stores across St. Louis have just what you need for everyone on your gift list. From The Loop to Washington Ave. in downtown, or the quaint shops in Webster Groves, Kirkwood and historic St. Charles, the St. Louis area has some of the finest boutique shops for holiday giving. Mall lovers will feel right at home in St. Louis’ Westfield West County and Saint Louis Galleria that boast some special options along with nationally known retailers. The luxurious Plaza Frontenac provides the wonders of Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman-Marcus and other high-end shops. Bargain hunters won’t have to look far, as Chesterfield is home to both Louis Premium Outlets and Taubman Prestige Outlets, offering yet another great shopping experience for residents and visitors to the region.

10. First Night in Grand Center

(Dec. 31) – This annual New Year’s Eve celebration will feature performing arts, musicians, storytellers, dancers, magicians, actors, puppeteers and many other artists. The events will begin at 6 p.m. on the Main Stage at Grand and Lindell, and will culminate with a breath-taking fireworks display at midnight.