If you’re looking for something to do this weekend…
It’s a beautiful day today, so get out of the house and into the holiday spirit with a visit to five of St. Louis’ historic homes and buildings decked out in festive finery on the St. Louis Holiday Historic House Tour. Participants can tour the locations on continuously running charter buses that will shuttle them from stop to stop. After the tour, head over to the Garden Glow Holiday Light Exhibit at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Hundreds of thousands of lights will adorn some of the Garden’s most iconic locations, and walkways will be turned into an explosion of visual magic. Visit the Butterfly House for Winter Jewels and search for fairies with the kids in the Tropical Conservatory. You can also participate in a treasure hunt or make new friends in the Gnome House. Afterwards, step in from the chilly winter night and cozy up to an evening of crafting at Perennial’s rotating happy hour, reMAKE @ Whisk Bake Shop. Gather together with friends over hot tea and sweet treats to make upcycled crafts for a happy holiday home! For a free showcase of Cherokee Street shops, bars, and restaurants, grab your friends and check out the lovely, historic Cherokee Street for Cherokee Nights. There will be a free horse drawn carriage pub crawl starting at 5pm. If you still don’t feel like going home, bundle up for a walk through the 29th Annual Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park. You’ll be amazed at the display of over a million twinkling holiday lights fashioned into areas of favorite characters and festive scenes, as well as a canopy of lights glistening over 75 acres.
On Friday, the 12th, check out Pippin at the Peabody Opera House. Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Friday afternoon, stop by the Holiday Train Displays and Canned Food Drive at the Museum of Transportation in Kirkwood to see the E. Desmond Lee Holiday Train Exhibit. Bring in a canned good, and you’ll receive a discounted admission. Also on Friday, visit the Fox Theatre to see A Christmas Carol. Listen to your favorite carols and watch as the old and bitter miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, undergoes a profound experience of redemption over the course of the one evening. You could also pack up the family and take a drive to Belleville for the 45th Annual Way of Lights Christmas Display. The unique celebration of Christmas features a mile-and-a-half drive with over one million lights, electro-art displays, and life-size biblical statues taking visitors on a scriptural journey to Bethlehem.
On Saturday, take the kids to Purina Farms for a fun-filled day at their Pet-acular Holiday Bazaar to benefit local animal welfare groups. You and the family can shop for unique holiday gifts, watch amazing dog and cat performances, and sample delicious food. The kids can also enjoy the inflatable bounce houses, crafts, face-painting, and the trackless train. You could also take the kids to see Bah! Humbug! at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. The beloved holiday classic is sure to put a smile on the “Scroogiest” of faces. For something a little different, check out the 4th Annual Holidays in Old North Festival and Craft Market on Saturday. More than 40 handmade artisan and vintage vendors will set up shop in the historic Crown Square district of Old North, featuring everything from repurposed furniture, to gourmet chocolates, to hand-knitted accessories. You could also visit the Holiday Open House at Perennial on Saturday to celebrate and indulge in crafts + chats. Enjoy the hot drinks and sweet treats, and maybe do some holiday shopping in Perennial’s mini store. Afterward, head over to the Duane Reed Gallery to explore the fabulous work of artist Jason Bly. If you enjoy networking events, head over to the Polish Heritage Center for the 12th Annual “Have a Platinum Christmas” Networking Symposium on Saturday. The event includes live entertainment, appetizers, networking, special invited celebrity guests, the who’s who of St. Louis, and lots of holiday cheer!
On Sunday the 14th, Lafayette Square is hosting the Annual Holiday Parlor Tour. Enjoy the sights, sounds, and scents of a Victorian wonderland as they tour ten beautifully decorated homes. The tour will also feature carriage rides, trolley rides to tour destinations, caroling, and live music. If you want to escape town before the holiday chaos, you might enjoy the Say Cheese Wine Trail in Hermann, MO on the 13th and 14th. It’s the perfect weekend to sip and sample wine and cheese pairings, from classic to creative, at seven stops on the beautiful and scenic Hermann Wine Trail. If you stay in town, check out the Kwanzaa Holiday Expo at the Better Family Life Cultural, Educational and Business Center on Saturday or Sunday. The expo features vendors selling products such as apparel, custom-made jewelry, fine art, books, household goods, self-care products, fine fabrics and food. Also on Sunday, head downtown for the Hot Chocolate 15/5k. Runners will enjoy an amazing course through the home of the Cardinals, Soldiers’ Memorial. The post party is filled with decadent hot chocolate, snacks, music, inflatables, and much more. Sunday is also a great day to drop off a new, unwrapped toy and a message of hope for the less fortunate children in the St. Louis area. You can drop off toys at the St. Louis Closet CompanyToys for Tots Toy Drive anytime between now and the 16th.
Have a great weekend!