Friday, November 22, 2013

2013 St. Louis Holiday Events Guide

* picture courtesy of St. Louis Daily Photo Blog

I scoured the internet and compiled a list of all the fun holiday activities around St. Louis. I broke up the events into 4 categories: Events, Light Displays, Shows & Concerts and Dine with Santa.  Some are free, some are not - click the links for more details.  And feel free to add any other activities that you know of in the comment section.


Gardenland Express
MO Botanical Garden
Saturday, Nov. 23 to Sunday, Jan. 5

Holidays at Eckert's
Saturday, Nov. 23 - Sunday, Dec. 22
Eckerts Belleville Farm

Holiday Magic 2013
America’s Center
Friday, Nov. 29 at 11 am to 6 pm
Saturday, Nov. 30 at 10 am to 6 pm 
Sunday, Dec. 1 at 12 pm to 5 pm

St. Charles Christmas Traditions
Nov. 29 - Dec. 24

Big Joel's Winter Wonderland
Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 29 through Dec. 15

Museum of Transportation - Visit Santa and see the 'Macy's Train' on display
Opens at 9 am on Friday, Nov. 29

Christmas Wonderland of Alton, IL
Nov. 29 - Dec. 29
Rock Springs Park in Alton, IL

Light Up the Loop
Nov. 30th at 11am - 7pm

Snapshots with Santa @ The Boathouse
Sunday, Dec. 1 at 11 am to 2 pm

Photos with Santa
Thursday, Dec. 5 and 12 at 5 pm - 7 pm
Friday, Dec. 13 at 11 am - 1 pm
Kirkwood Train Station

All That Glitters
Downtown Clayton
Friday, Dec. 6 at 6 pm - 10 pm

Christmas in Kimmswick
Friday, Dec. 6 - Sunday, Dec. 8

Friday, Dec. 6 at 6 pm - 8 pm
Wildwood Town Center Plaza

Candy Cane Hunt
Saturday, Dec. 7 at 9:50 am SHARP!
Faust Park

Ginchmas on South Grand: Grinch Spread Holiday Cheer
Saturday, Dec. 7

CWE 4th Annual Window Walk Festival
Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1 pm to 7 pm

Skate with Santa at Steinberg Skating Rink
Saturday Dec. 7 at 1 pm to 3 pm

Holiday Boutique and Elves Workshop
Saturday, Dec. 7 at 9 am - 2 pm 
The Pointe in Ballwin

Ballwin's 4th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
Saturday, Dec. 7 at 5 pm - 6 pm
Olde Towne Plaza (14810 Manchester & Ries Rd. across from Vlasis Park)

21st Annual Kristkindl Markt at Stone Hill Winery
Saturday, Dec. 7 to Sunday, Dec. 8

Cookies with Mrs. Claus
Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 11 am to 3 pm
Museum of Transportation

Santa Arrives on a Fire Truck
Sunday, Dec. 8 at 5 pm - 6 pm
Affton Community Center

Family Holiday Evening
Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Foundry Art Center

Pet-acular Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, Dec. 14 - Sunday, Dec. 15: 11 am - 4 pm daily
Purina Farms

Holiday Express Train
Saturday, Dec. 14: 1:30 pm  - 7:30 pm
Union Station

Pint Size Christmas Party
Tuesday, Dec. 17: 10 am - 11:30 am
Crestwood, MO

Lighting up the Winter Sky
Saturday, Dec. 28 at 5 pm
Downtown Kirkwood Station Plaza


Santa's Magical Kingdom
Jellystone Park Resort, Eureka
Open daily at 5:30 pm through Jan. 5

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Christmas Lights Display
Opens Friday, Nov. 16 through Friday, Jan. 4, visitors may view the lights from their cars at 6 p.m. until midnight.

Macy's Festival of Lights
Kiener Plaza, Downtown St. Louis
Opens Friday, Nov. 22

Way of Lights
National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville
Opens Friday, Nov. 22 through Jan. 3 from 5 pm - 9 pm every night except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas

Garden Glow
Missouri Botanical Garden
Opens Saturday, Nov. 23 to Jan. 4

Winter Wonderland
Tilles Park, Ladue
Opens Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Jan. 1 from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Wild Lights
Saint Louis Zoo, Forest Park
Opens Friday, Nov. 29 through Monday, Dec. 30

O'Fallon's Celebration of Lights
Fort Zumwalt Park, O'Fallon
Opens Friday, Nov. 29 through Monday, Dec. 30

Candy Cane Lane
6500 block of Murdoch


Santa vs. The Snowman
Friday, Nov. 22 through Tuesday, Dec. 31. Closed on Thanksgiving and  Christmas.
St. Louis Science Center

A Christmas Carol
Thursday, Dec. 5 - Sunday, Dec. 8
Fox Theater

UMSL Classic Holiday Concert
Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 pm -- FREE
Touhill Performing Arts Center

The Story Hour
Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7 pm
Family Arena

St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra Holiday “Pops” Spectacular
Friday, Dec. 6 at 8 pm
Purser Auditorium, Logan College

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
Sunday, Dec. 8 at 5pm
Peabody Opera House

The Nutcracker presented by Carol Bowman Academy of Dance
Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm
Chesterfield YMCA Theater

Silhouettes of Christmas
Wednesday, Dec. 11 - Sunday, Dec. 15
St. John Church

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7 pm & Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 pm
Powell Hall

The Nutcracker
Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7 pm & Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 pm
The Purser Center at Logan College

Straight No Chaser 
Sunday, Dec. 15 at 7 pm
Fox Theater

The Nutcracker 
Sunday, Dec. 15: Francis Howell Central 
Friday, Dec. 20 - Sunday, Dec. 22: Edison Theater at Wash U.

Tuesday, Dec. 17 - Sunday, Dec. 29
Fox Theater

The Nutcracker
Friday, Dec. 20 - Sunday, Dec. 29
Touhill Performing Arts Center

White Christmas presented by SCC Young People's Theatre
Friday, Dec. 20 - Sunday, Dec. 22
Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building

Holiday Celebration at Powell Hall
Saturday, Dec. 21 - Monday, Dec. 23

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Monday, Dec. 23 at 3 pm and 7:30 pm
Scottrade Center


Supper with Santa at the Butterfly House
November 30, December 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15 from 4:30 pm to 7 pm

American Girl Brunch with Santa
December 1, 8, and 15 at 9:30 am

Milk and Cookies with Santa
Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 6 pm - 8 pm at the Chesterfield DoubleTree Hotel
Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1 pm - 3 pm at the Sheraton St. Louis City Center

Saturdays and Sundays at 9 am and 11 am from Dec. 7 to Dec. 22

Brunch with Santa at The Ritz-Carlton
Dec. 7, 14 and 21 from 9 am to 1 pm

America’s Incredible Pizza Company
Saturday, Dec. 7 at 9 am - 11 am

The Magic House
Sunday, Dec. 8 at 8 am, 9:45 am, 5 pm; 
Sunday, Dec. 15 at 8 am, 9:45 am, 11 am

Breakfast & Craft Workshop with Santa at Purina Farms
Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15 starting at 9:30 am 

Dinner with Santa at the St. Louis Zoo
Friday, Dec. 20 – Monday, Dec. 23 at 5 pm and 7 pm 

And in case you haven't seen the Holiday TV programming guide circulated on Facebook, click here.

Happy Holidays!!

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Zenda said...

This is great!! Thanks for sharing it with us. Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Thank you...this is wonderful. tons of help.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for putting this together! We are back here for the holiday and were looking for a list of everything going on around town.

Anonymous said...

Thank You...Merry Christmas! <3

Anonymous said...

The Young People's Theater at St. Charles Community College will be presenting "White Christmas" on Dec 20, 21 and 22.

Anonymous said...

This is great! Thank you so much! I know it's not in St. Louis, but Eckert's in Belleville has a nice breakfast with Santa and cut-your-own Christmas trees.

Cathy said...

Thanks everyone for adding to the list!! Keep it coming!

Anonymous said...

free christmas lights:
troost and heege in affton

teddy bear house-pardee rd-southwest corner of grants farm boundary

live manger-feed the animals, south broadway and kingston- (jefferson barracks )

Purina Farms said...

Thank you so much for including the Pet-acular Holiday Bazaar on your list! Admission and parking are free. It's great for the whole family, including the dog!

Anonymous said...

St Charles Rock Road to Brown Rd, South 2 blocks to Windom Ave, is the greatest home display in the County. Bring can goods to give. You get out of your car and will be there over 30 minutes and still feel like you haven't seen everything.

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