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Things To Do In St. Louis During The Holidays

Updated on November 26, 2012

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.

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.

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.

Holiday Lights

There are several holiday light display options in the area. Here are a few.

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.


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    • Kimberly Vaughn profile image

      Kimberly Vaughn 5 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks TToombs!

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      There sure is a lot of Holiday events in your lovely town! Beautifully presented, Kimberly! Voted up and shared.

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      Kimberly Vaughn 5 years ago from Midwest

      Your welcome Mhatter!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for the enticing tips.