It’s that time of the year again! The turkey is just about on the table for Thanksgiving, and we will soon be in the holiday season once again. You’re probably gearing up to decorate your home in holiday décor and light peppermint or cinnamon candles all throughout your home, thinking of all the gifts you want to give your family and friends this year.
This holiday season, take some time out to explore your neighborhood and the neighborhoods around you! Check out the following 10 events taking place in and around St. Louis, and get ready to have some holiday fun with your family and friends!
Christmas Light Displays – The Greater St. Louis area and the Metro East St. Louis region all have fantastic Christmas light displays throughout the holiday season! Treat your eyes to the wonders of Winter Wonderland in Tilles Park, the gorgeous displays at the Way of Lights in Belleville, and many, many more! Click here for information on hours of operation, admission prices, and more!
Gardenland Express Deck the Halls Wreath Exhibit– Kick off the holiday fun at the Missouri Botanical Garden at their two fun events! The Garden is once again showcasing its “Gardenland Express” annual flower and train show, which features model trains winding their way through a miniature landscape filled with winter scenes and surrounded by poinsettias and other beautiful flowering plants. Then you can check out the “Deck the Halls” Wreath Exhibit, designed by local floral designers. Each of these events is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Saturday, November 23 to Sunday, January 5.
Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade – For many St. Louisans, Thanksgiving officially begins at the annual Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade. Enjoy local marching bands, giant balloons and floats, and much more as the parade makes its way down Market Street. The parade kicks off at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, November 28!
Edwardsville’s Downtown in December – For those who don’t want to venture too far from home, Edwardsville’s Downtown in December event is for you! From December 1st through the 21st, you can enjoy wonderful window displays, extended downtown hours, caroling, Santa’s house at City Park, and so much more! Mark your calendars also for the Winter Market on December 7th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in downtown Edwardsville. The market will feature local artisans, baked goods, crafters, locally grown items, and unique boutique gifts from the community. You can find more information here
Catch Breakfast with Santa – You and your family are invited to have breakfast with Santa at three different locations this holiday season! Catch Santa at the St. Louis Zoo, the Magic House, or Eckert’s Orchards to dine with the Old St. Nick. You can find him at Eckert’s Orchards on November 30 and December 1, December 7 and 8, December 14 and 15, and December 21 and 22. You can find Santa at the zoo on December 7 and 8, December 14 and 15, and December 21 and 22, and you can also find him at the Magic House on December 8th and 15th.
Christmas at the Fabulous Fox – Celebrate the season at the Fox Theatre! This year, you can choose from A Christmas Carol, The Joy of Christmas with Martina McBride, or Elf. These shows are available at the Fabulous Fox Theatre from December 5 to December 29.
Symphony Holiday Concerts – Is classical music more up your alley? Enjoy a special holiday concert with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra at Powell Symphony Hall! Concerts vary between Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and A Gospel Messiah to popular holiday classics and favorite carols. Catch a show from December 6 through December 22 and treat your ears to fantastic music!
Lafayette Square Parlor Tour – Check out the finest Victorian homes in St. Louis as they are all decked out for the holiday season! The tour begins on Sunday, December 8 at Park House at 2023 Lafayette Avenue, and all of the beautiful homes are within walking distance. Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 on the day of the tour. Children younger than 12 years old are free when accompanied by an adult.
Santa vs. the Snowman – Interested in a lighthearted and funny holiday tale for you and your family? Come to the St. Louis Science Center throughout the month of December to experience “Santa vs. the Snowman” in the OMNIMAX theater. It tells the story of a curious snowman who challenges Santa and his workshop for control of the Christmas gift delivery business. Tickets are just $9 for adults and $8 for children and seniors, and special group discounts are also available.
Gingerbread Walk – Visit downtown Belleville on Saturday, December 14 to enjoy a special holiday walk along Main Street. You can buy a gingerbread cookie bag at the beginning of the walk and then stop at the dozens of stores along the way to get a different cookie to fill your bag! This event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
If all you want for the holidays is your dream home, we can help! Call us at (618) 791-5024 or at (618) 791-9298 or visit us online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com to see how we can help you find it! Have a wonderful holiday season!