Things To Do In St. Louis During The Holidays
St. Louis is a beautiful place to visit all year long. But the holidays are an extra special time to visit. Here are some things to do while in St. Louis during the holidays.
Main Street in Old Saint Charles
Saint Charles was the original capital for the state of Missouri. As a result, it has a rich history including a beautiful old main street that is over 200 years old. The street is made of cobblestone and lined with buildings that are nearly as old as the street. The old brick buildings are filled with antique and craft stores, sewing and gift shops, and several good restaurants.
You can also go for rides in a horse drawn carriage. If you visit around Christmas time you can hear carolers walking up and down the street as well as a Christmas parade with people dressed in Christmas costumes from decades past as well as around the world.
Historic St. Charles Main Page
- St. Charles, MO | Hotels, Things to Do, Restaurants & Vacation Info
Official St. Charles vacation planning website with info on hotels, restaurants, things to do, special offers & area guides.
Wild Lights at the St. Louis Zoo
Enjoy the animals at night while surrounded by a colorful lights display. This event takes place on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 5:30pm to 8:30pm starting in late November through late December. There are also fire side stories about local animals, a puppet show, and visits from local choirs on some evenings. See link below for specific dates.
Gardenland Express at Missouri Botanical Gardens
The Missouri Botanical Garden has a special holiday flower and train show that runs from late in November until New Years Day. The show features G-scale trains from many eras traveling along 900 feet of track and surrounded by a holiday display of lights, poinsettias and other flowers.
The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Boulevard in St. Louis, MO 63110.
Christmas at the Cathedral
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis is also known to St. Louisians as the New Cathedral. Groundbreaking for the New Cathedral took place in 1907 but the church was not complete until 1914. In 1912, the installation of the mosaics began in the interior of the church. It was not completed until 76 years later, in 1988. There are 41.5 million glass pieces that take up 83,000 square feet in the church. It is one of the largest mosaic collections in the world.
Tour's are available year round at the St. Louis Cathedral. A link for tour information is below. Special Christmas Concerts are also held at the Cathedral one weekend in December. The link for the concert information is also provided below.
- Saint Louis Cathedral Concerts
Saint Louis Cathedral Concerts
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Cathedral Basilica Saint Louis
Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
There are multiple Christmas Tree Farms in the area. I am fond of Eckert's. They have locations in Belleville and Millstadt, Illinois.You can go out into the fields, select, and cut your own tree or they both have a selection of pre-cut trees to choose from. However, the Belleville location has a larger selection of pre-cut trees to choose from. Cut-Your-Own-Trees range from $30-45. Pre-Cut Trees start at $37. The link to Eckert's is below.
There are several holiday light display options in the area. Here are a few.
Santa's Magical Kingdom
- Visit Santa's Magical Kingdom in St. Louis Jellystone Park this Holiday Season!
More than two million shimmering lights on 35 acres of Fantasyland for an amazing Christmas light display, plus custom lighting animation! Located at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in Eureka MO, at Six Flags exit on Interstate 44.
Way of Lights
- The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows - Home
Way of Lights holiday light display at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows at 442 South DeMazenod Drive on Illinois Route 15 in Belleville, IL.
- Winter Wonderland
Visit Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park. Tilles Park is at the corner of Litzsinger and McKnight Roads.
Celebration of Lights
- City of O'Fallon, MO | Celebration of Lights
Visit Celebration of LIghts at Fort Zumwalt Park in O'Fallon, MO. The park is located at 1000 Jessup Drive in O'Fallon, MO.
Gingerbread House Workshops
Eckert's Farm not only has trees to take home, but they also have gingerbread house workshops. Workshops are on Saturday's and Sundays at 951 South Greenmount Road in Belleville, IL. The cost is $12 and the link is below.
The Nutcracker Ballet
Take in The Nutcracker Ballet during the holiday season. For the 2012 holiday season there are several different companies performing the ballet at various locations around the area. Some show options are below.
- Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker | Performances | Peabody Opera House
See the Moscow Ballet at the Peabody Opera House located at 1400 Market Street in St. Louis, Missouri 63103.
- Saint Louis Ballet || St. Louis Ballet
See the St. Louis Ballet perform at Touhill Performing Arts Theater and take in lunch with the Sugar Plum Fairies!
- Missouri Ballet
The Missouri Ballet will perform at the Edison Theater located at 6445 Forsyth Boulevard at Washington University.