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Winter Celebrations: A Virtual Celebration of the Season

December 10 – January 1, 2022

St. Louis Art Museum – 1 Fine Arts Dr, St. Louis, MO 63110

The family-friendly festival highlighting cultures and holiday traditions from around the world will continue this year with on-demand videos and new activities!

Pick up a Take-and-Make Art Activity Kit for your family in Sculpture Hall on December 11 and 12. The activity can be completed through one of the Museum’s virtual Winter Celebrations programs, Art Quest.  Free, while supplies last. There will also be a Festive Gatherings Scavenger Hunt available at the Museum and on slam.org to explore art with the family.

Share your Art Quest design with us! #WinterCelebrations! 


Bach Society of St. Louis Christmas Candlelight Concert

December 23 at 7:30 pm

Powell Symphony Hall, 718 N. Grand, St. Louis, MO 63103

“A St. Louis Holiday Tradition since 1951, the Christmas Candlelight Concert at Powell Hall will leave you filled with joy and holiday cheer! Plan to join us for Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” with Grammy award-winning baritone, Nathan Gunn, and a world premiere by Mack Wilberg in celebration of Maestro Sparger’s 35thseason. The festive evening will also feature the Bach Society of Saint Louis Chorus and Orchestra performing many of your favorite carols.”


Polar Express 

November 19 – December 30 | Hours Vary

Union Station, 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO

“THE POLAR EXPRESS™ train ride is back. Real Trains are rolling to the North Pole Again in 2021. 

Santa and his elves are full steam ahead for a trip to the North Pole for THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride at St. Louis Union Station this year!”



Pancakes with Santa

November 20,21,27,28 | 8:30 am and 10:00 am

December 4,5,11,12,18,19 | 8:30 am and 10:00 am

Union Station, 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO

“Enjoy a delicious breakfast and meet Santa Claus this holiday season. On Saturdays and Sundays in November and December, families can reserve a special Pancakes with Santa meal in the Grand Hall.

Experience a unique 3D lightshow on the ceiling of Grand Hall while you enjoy Pancakes topped with strawberries and fun whipped cream Santa faces are served with milk for the kids or coffee for the grownups.

Guests will be able to take their own photos with Santa this year, so please be sure to bring cameras and/or smart phones to take pictures!”



South Grand Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 27 | 4:30 – 6 pm

3147 South Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63118

“South Grand’s Annual Tree Lighting is back! Enjoy carolers and hot cocoa with the lighting of South Grand’s LED Tree.”



Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market)

Timothy Lutheran Church, 6704 Fyler Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63139

December 4 

German style Christmas market



A Gospel Christmas with Oleta Adams

Powell Hall, 718 North Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103

December 9 | 7:30 pm

“Ring in the holiday season with gospel renditions of holiday favorites. Returning to Powell Hall, guest artist Oleta Adams joins your SLSO and IN UNISON Chorus, directed by Kevin McBeth, to share this soulful celebration sure to warm your heart.”



The Muppet Christmas Carol in Concert

Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130

December 11 | 2 pm and 7 pm

December 12 | 2 pm

“Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and all the beloved Muppets star in their adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Follow Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation on the big screen through Christmases past, present, and future, while your SLSO performs the music live. There will be no “bah, humbugs” after this!”  



Mercy Holiday Celebration at Lindenwood

Powell Hall, 718 N.Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130

Lindenwood University’s J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts,      2300 West Clay Street, St. Charles, MO 63301


December 15 – 19 | Check website for times and location

Check laughter and cheer off your holiday list at the SLSO’s Mercy Holiday Celebration. Sing along to your favorite holiday classics performed by the orchestra and Denzal Sinclaire and, enjoy a special visit from Santa Claus himself! This unforgettable experience will put you in the holiday spirit and show you why thousands of St. Louisans make this concert an annual tradition.   



Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical

Stifel Theatre, 1400 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

December 16 | 6 pm

This holiday season, the beloved tradition that has captured the hearts of families everywhere returns to the live stage!  The Elf on the Shelf: The Musical is the thrilling spectacle of music and dance that transports audiences to the North Pole to glimpse the magical lives of Santa’s Scout Elves. Featuring an original story and score, dazzling sets and costumes, and heartfelt moments that will bring the family together, this joyous and uplifting celebration will leave audiences captivated by the splendor of the season.



New Year’s Eve Celebration

Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130

December 31 | 2 and 7:30 pm

“Music Director Stéphane Denève and your SLSO ring in 2022 at the New Year’s Eve Celebration with a matinee concert. Enjoy musical favorites like George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris, dazzling pianist Michelle Cann, and many more delightful surprises—like the world premiere of Missouri composer Stefan Freund’s Voyageur Fantasy with Roger Kaza, SLSO Principal Horn. Bring family and friends together for this musical celebration, and start 2022 with meaningful musical memories.”



The Glowy Snowy Day at the Repertory Theatre

December 31 | 5:30 – 8 pm

January 1 | 5:30 – 8 pm

January 2 | 5:30 – 8pm

Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112

“Mark your calendar to join us for a new and expanded adventure of The Glowy Snowy Day! Experience an outdoor, socially distant, drive-through spectacle filled with giant illuminated puppets, glow-in-the-dark scenery and a podcast that tells the story of Peter, a young boy, playing outside with his friends during the season’s first snow in Harlem.

This revolutionary family event is an adaptation of the beloved classic children’s book, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and is in partnership with StoneLion Puppet Theatre.”



Holiday Pop Up Bars

November & December, dates vary based on location
Some of your favorite STL area bars transform in time for the holidays! These pop up bars will be adhering to COVID guidelines, requesting masking and social distancing. 

Dasher’s Dive Bar

POWERplex STL, 5555 St. Louis Mills Drive, St. Louis, MO 63042

November 20 – December 18 (Fridays and Saturdays)


Filthy Tiger

Central West End, 




4271 Northeast Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110

December 16 – 23


Jingle  (Reservations ONLY)

World Chess Hall of Fame, 4652 Maryland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108

Hours Vary


LIT – Molly’s in Soulard

816 Geyer Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63104

November 26 – December 23


Miracle STL

Small Change, 2800 Indiana Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63118


Sippin’ Santa @ The Planter House

1000 Mississippi Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63104

November 23 – December 31. Toasted Chestnut –


Toasted Chestnut

Public School House in Cottleville, 5546 Chestnut Street, St Charles, MO 63304

December 1-4, 10-13, 17-20.


Up on the Rooftop

Three Sixty, 1 South Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102

November 17 – December 30




Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show


Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63110
Welcome in the holiday season at the Missouri Botanical Garden with a stroll through an indoor wonderland of amazing sights and sounds! The annual Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show promises to delight visitors of all ages with six tracks of animated model trains and hundreds of festive holiday plants. 



Metro East


Santa Parade

November 26 | 10 am – Noon

Main Street in Belleville, IL

Join us for this annual parade when Santa comes to town. Sponsored by the Optimist Club of Belleville, this tradition began in 1952 and is the largest parade in Southern Illinois, featuring floats, marching bands, dance groups, and the arrival of Santa & Mrs. Claus. 



Photo with Santa at Eckert’s

November 30 | 3:30 – 6:30 pm

“The stockings are hung, the wish list is made and the Spirit of Christmas is alive. Now all you need is a photo with Santa to commemorate this special time of year. Visit our Garden Center at our Belleville Farm to tell Santa your Christmas wishes and remember your special time with St. Nick with a keepsake photo.”



Christmas Killer Murder Mystery Dinner Show

December 3 | 6:30 pm

Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center, 13653 Lodge Boulevard, Grafton, IL 62037



Skate with Santa

Check website for 2021 updates

McKendree MetrorRecPlex, 205 Recplex Drive, O’Fallon, IL

Celebrate the holidays with an event for the entire family! Ice skate with Santa, get a photo taken, create some crafts & then warm up at the hot cocoa station. More sweet surprises are in store! Price of admission varies.





Holiday Festivities at The National Museum of Transportation

November 26 – January 2 | Wednesday – Sunday 9-4 pm

2933 Barrett Station Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122

Enjoy Santa visits and Live Reindeer visits, in addition to riding the Elf Express Miniature Train and the Holly, Jolly Trolley. Dates and times vary, see schedule to plan your visit!



Holiday Magic at the Magic House

December 1 – 31 

516 South Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, MO 63122

“Celebrate the magic of the holidays all month long with our new Holiday Magic experience! In addition to festive decorations and special programs throughout the entire 55,000 square foot facility, families will enjoy the winter magic of the outdoors including a life-size Gingerbread Village, a Winter Wonder Maze and Snowball Carnival all free with regular museum admission!”



Maplewood Christmas Tree Walk

Friday, December 3 | 6 – 9 pm

Kickoff in CNB Bank Park, 7300 Manchester Road, Maplewood, MO 63143

“From costumed carolers to horse drawn carriage rides, the Maplewood Christmas Tree Walk radiates holiday spirit that is reminiscent of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol!

After the grand lighting of the tree and the arrival of Santa, visitors can enjoy a carriage ride and sip hot chocolate while visiting merchant open houses throughout Maplewood. Business storefronts will be decked out for the season with many featuring live entertainment, complimentary refreshments and special discounts throughout the evening.”




A Christmas Carol 

The Repertory Theatre, 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves, MO 63119

December 4 – 23 

“The Rep is proud to launch a new holiday tradition with our first-ever annual production of A Christmas Carol! At long last, the ghosts of Ebenezer Scrooge’s past, present and future have caught up with him. Now London’s most infamous miser must take a transformative journey as he faces the worst parts of himself and discovers unexpected redemption. Michael Wilson’s wondrous adaptation has delighted more than 1 million audience members throughout the country. The New York Times hailed it as “rousing” and “crowd-pleasing.”



The Heights Express

December 4 

The Heights, 8001 Dale Avenue, Richmond Heights, MO

“ALL ABOARD! THE HEIGHTS Express Join us as we bring a Polar Express experience to our Annual Holiday Lighting ceremony. We will start the night by flipping the switch to light up THE HEIGHTS. Then take a ride on THE HEIGHTS Express train traveling throughout our parking lot. Finish your evening with activities inside.”



Holiday Market on the Boulevard

December 12 | 2-7 pm

1 The Boulevard, Richmond Heights, MO 63117

“We look forward to continuing our fantastic partnership with Tower Grove Farmers Market to bring some amazing local vendors to The Boulevard. You’ll be able to find something for everyone on your gift list!

We hear that Santa & Mrs. Claus may even be making an appearance… stay tuned for full details to come soon!”


North County

Miracle on St. Francois in Florissant

November 27 | 2-9 pm

955 Rue St. Francois, Florissant, MO 63031

“Mayor Lowery along with the Florissant Valley of Flowers and Florissant Old Town Partners and Old St. Ferdinand Shrine are excited to announce the 1st Annual Miracle on rue St. Francois Street that is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 27th from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Historic Old Town.”



Northern Lights Festival

November 27 | 4:30 pm

Hudson Park,  1271 Hudson Drive, Ferguson, MO 63135

Join Ferguson for their annual Northern Lights Festival. Parade, carriage rides, holiday vendors, food and other fun stuff!



Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt at Hudson Park

December 17 | 7 pm

1271 Hudson Road, Ferguson, MO 63135

“It looks like Santa’s elves dropped candy canes all over Hudson Park! We need your help to pick up all the candy canes. Enjoy hot cocoa, cookies, and write a letter to Santa before the hunt begins at 7:00pm SHARP!”



South County


Candy Cane Hunt at the Pavillion at Lemay

305 Gregg Road, Lemay Township, MO 63125

December 4 | 9 am

“Santa’s reindeer will have hidden candy canes in Jefferson Barracks park for children to find.”



Classic Santa Car Cruise and Fireworks in Crestwood

December 4 | 4:30 – 7 pm

“Our car cruise will include a myriad of vehicles that will bring Santa and smiles to Crestwood. The 6.5 mile route through all four wards in Crestwood will featuring Crestwood Fire and Police vehicles escorting Santa as well as an entourage of classic cars and decked out Jeeps. Enjoy the parade from your front yard or along a nearby street.

The evening will be topped off with a spectacular fireworks display by Brilliant Skies Fireworks, sponsored by Tom Streib and Streib Company at 6:30 in the St. Raymond-St. Elizabeth Church ball field. Pick your favorite vantage point in Crestwood to enjoy a spectacular show while still appropriately social distancing.”



Santa House at Oakland House

Weekends:  December 4, 5, 11, & 12  from 11 am – 3 pm

Weekdays: December 8, 9, & 10 from 9 am – 1 pm

The Oakland House, 7801 Genesta Street, St. Louis, MO 63123

“The Affton Historical Society is proud to present … a winter wonderland inside our Victorian home while visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Warm cookies will be given to all guests. A limited amount of homemade crafts and goodies will be for sale. All proceeds benefit renovations towards our historic home.”



Light Up the Night

December 10, 11, 17, & 18 | 5 – 9 pm

South County Baptist Church, 12995 Tesson Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO 63128

“This free community event will feature a large 120ft tunnel of lights, multiple internally-lit inflatables, a hay ride, fire pits, outdoor movies, refreshments, giveaways, caroling, kid arts & crafts, and pictures with Santa.”



St. Charles County


St. Charles Christmas Traditions

November 26

Frontier Park, 500 South Riverside Drive, St. Charles, MO 63301

For nearly half a century, Saint Charles Christmas Traditions® has helped create cherished memories for the young and young at heart. With a unique blend of storytelling, history, and fairytale whimsy, visitors are transported to a world of yuletide nostalgia where reindeer fly, Victorian carolers share a cheerful tune, and sugarplums dance in your head.

As we enter our 47th season, your favorite legendary characters and a merry band of yuletide personalities look forward to making your season bright as the quaintly decorated historic district provides the perfect backdrop.



Chanukah on Main Street

November 28 | 5 – 6 pm

Berthold Square, 221 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301

“Giant menorah lighting, Jewish holiday music, dreidel man, gelt drop, hot latkes.”



Deck the Streets

December 4 | 10 am – 2 pm

Residences at The Streets of St. Charles | 1650 Beale Street, St. Charles, MO

Enjoy a whole day of holiday fun at Streets of St. Charles for Deck the Streets on Saturday, December 4th!



Las Posadas

December 4 | 6:30 pm

Historic Main Street | Boone’s Lick/South Main, St. Charles, MO 63301

“Join us for the re-enactment of the Spanish Tradition of “Las Posadas”.  The procession begins at Boone’s Lick and South Main and proceeds to Frontier Park.  Participants carry candles while following Mary and Joseph as they seek shelter prior to arriving at Bethlehem.  Our journey ends at a live nativity scene on the riverfront.  A celebration follows with Christmas carols around the Yule Log bonfire.”



Breakfast with Santa

December 5 | noon – 5 pm

Foundry Art Centre, 520 N. Main Center, St. Charles, MO

“Santa Claus is coming to town! Join us for some holiday fun at our annual Breakfast with Santa event. Enjoy a delicious hot breakfast and some festive crafts. Each child will have the opportunity to get their photo taken with Santa too, so don’t forget your camera!”



St. Charles Symphony Christmas Concert

December 11 | 2:00 pm

St. Peters Cultural Arts Center, 1 St Peters Centre Boulevard, St. Peters, MO 63376

“This symphony is dedicated to promoting and performing free traditional music throughout the St. Charles County area. Please join us for an afternoon of music.”


West County


Holiday in the Park at Six Flags

November 20 – January 2 (select days)

Six Flags St. Louis, 4900 Six Flags Road, Eureka, MO

“It’s the most wonderful time of year at Six Flags St. Louis. The park transforms into a winter wonderland with over a million dazzling lights, live holiday entertainment, festive décor, and seasonal treats.”



Butterfly House Winter Jewels

15193 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield, MO

November 23 – December 31 | 10 am – 4 pm (closed Mondays & Tuesdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day)

“Escape the cold as the Butterfly House magically transforms during Winter Jewels! Enjoy the Tropical Conservatory filled with elaborate fairy gardens, home to the guardians of our jewel-toned butterflies. Discover nature’s gems in the Chrysalis Jewel Mine, make new friends in the Gnome Forest, and meet enchanted animals throughout this colorful land!

*The Butterfly House will be closing at 3 p.m. on December 11, 12, 18 and 19 for Supper with Santa.” (details below)



Breakfast with Santa

December 4 | 9:30 – 10:30 am

Bluebird Park, 225 Kiefer Creek Road, Ellisville, MO 63021

“Would you like to receive a letter from Santa? Santa has asked us to help him by collecting letters in our “North Pole” Mailbox in front of the Parks and Recreation Administration Building. We will then forward the letters to the North Pole for a response from Santa. The mailbox will be up from Nov. 26 through Dec. 12.”



Candy Cane Hunt

December 4 | 4 pm

Central Park, 16365 Lydia Hill Drive, Chesterfield, MO 63017

“Don’t miss out on the Candy Cane Hunt at its new location in Central Park. There will be candy canes, holiday characters, and fun! Hunt down all your candy canes for the holiday season. The hunt ends when all the candy canes are found. 
Each age group will have their own areas for the hunt. A special holiday guest will be walking around to help candy cane hunters. After the Candy Cane Hunt, stay for crafts and the first Holiday Tree Lighting.”



Cold Nosed Candids

December 4-5 | 10 am – 2 pm 

Purina Farms, 300 Checkerboard Drive, Gray Summit, MO 63039

“Wear your favorite stocking caps and holiday hats for a pet-friendly photo opportunity with your cold-nosed, furry friends this holiday season. Because we know the family holiday portrait wouldn’t be complete without them!”



Breakfast with Santa at Schroeder Park

359 Old Meramec Station Road, Manchester, MO 63021

December 11 | 8:30 – 9:30 am or 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

“Come for a pancake and sausage breakfast and visit with Santa. Chris’ Cakes St. Louis will be here to dazzle you with their pancake flipping skills!”

Pre-registration is required.




Supper with Santa at the Butterfly House

December 11 + 12, December 18 + 19 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

15193 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield, MO

“Before making his big trip around the world, Santa is stopping by the Butterfly House! Don’t miss Supper with Santa, where fun family memories are sure to be made. Enjoy a delicious dinner and see how the butterflies get into the holiday spirit by taking night strolls through the Tropical Conservatory. Santa’s Workshop stations will offer children the chance to make fun crafts. After dinner, visit Mrs. Claus’s Cookie Kitchen for cookies and hot cocoa. The evening would not be complete without getting a souvenir picture with the guest of honor—Santa!



Santa Parade in Valley Park

December 18| starting at 11 am

Begins at the Lions Club, 1001 St. Louis Avenue, Valley Park, MO 63088

Santa will parade all over Valley Park.