Ways to Get in the Holiday Spirit in St. Louis

If you’re visiting St. Louis, Missouri (read our city spotlight) this holiday season, there are more than a few ways to get in the festive spirit. From taking a carriage ride through Tilles Park’s annual Winter Wonderland to boarding the Polar Express at St. Louis Union Station, the whole family is invited to spend Christmas in the city!

Here’s everything you’ll need to include in your itinerary this winter:

Budweiser Brewery Experience
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National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows
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Budweiser Brewery Experience


Way of Lights 

(November 22 – December 31)

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Way of Lights, showcasing over one million lights and displays portraying the oldest Christmas celebration – the birth of Jesus! The festive light show spans over a mile-and-a-half and runs 5 to 9 PM every night from November 22 through December 31. Way of Lights also holds indoor activities during their light show for families to stay warm, including special family nights on Tuesdays: treats and drinks, camel and pony rides, Lego brick displays, and more!

Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park 

(November 22 – January 2, Closed Christmas Eve)

Stop by Tiles Park for St. Louis Country Parks’ 34th Annual Winter Wonderland! Enjoy a walk, carriage ride, or drive through the twinkling holiday display running from 5:30 to 9:30 PM every night, November 22 through January 2. The park is open rain or shine, and cameras are allowed for snapping photos of your new favorite holiday spot!

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights 

(November 22 – December 30)

Bring the whole family to the 34th annual Brewery Lights at the Anheuser-Busch St. Louis brewery. Take a walk down Pestazolli Street from November 22 through December 30 for a holiday lighting spectacular! Walking tours are open Monday through Wednesday from dusk ‘til midnight, and there’s an exclusive Kids Zone for the youngsters while you try out a few complimentary holiday brews.

Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden 

(November 23 – January 4, Closed December 24, 25)

It’s the best time of the year to take a walk through the Missouri Botanical Garden. From November 23 through January 4, experience the magical Garden Glow holiday lighting display, complete with s’ mores, drinks, and photos with Elsa from Frozen! The garden’s Climatron, Kaeser Memorial Maze, Tower Grove House, and Central Axis will be covered in over one-million lights with traditional displays. It’s sure to be plenty of fun for everyone


Saint Louis Symphony’s Mercy Holiday Celebration

(December 13 – 15)

There will be plenty of holiday cheer at this year’s performance of the Mercy Holiday Celebration. Listen to all of your favorite holiday tunes played by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Holiday Festival Chorus. Saint Nick himself will make an appearance, too! Join the fun at the Powell Symphony Hall this December and see why the Mercy Holiday Celebration is the favorite holiday tradition of so many in St. Louis. 

St. Louis Ballet’s Nutcracker

(December 18 – 23)

No holiday season would be complete without the quintessential Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker. St. Louis Ballet will be performing The Nutcracker at the Touhill Performing Arts Center from December 18th through the 23rd. If you have young children, you won’t want to miss their special narrated performance on the 18th.

Home Alone In Concert

(December 20 – 21)

You’ve never seen Home Alone quite like this. Experience the classic Christmas movie on the big screen once again while the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra plays along with John Williams’ score. This is a one-of-a-kind show that the whole family can enjoy, so get your tickets today. You can see Home Alone In Concert on Friday the 20th at 7:00 pm or Saturday the 21st at 2:00 pm. 

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
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St. Louis Ballet
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Six Flags St. Louis
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Polar Express at St. Louis Union Station
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Missouri Botanical Garden
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Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park 

(November 15 – March 1)

Nothing says “holiday spirit” quite like ice skating does! Strap on your skates and head to the largest outdoor skating rink in the Midwest. The Steinberg Ice Rink in Forest Park is open to visitors every day, even on holidays. And don’t forget to pick up a hot chocolate at the Snowflake Cafe while you’re there!

Holiday in the Park

(November 23 – January 1)

For holiday thrill-seekers, Six Flags St. Louis is the place to be. During their annual Holiday in the Park event, the amusement park transforms into a winter wonderland, complete with colorful holiday lights, incredible performances, and all of your favorite rides. You may even get to meet Santa Claus.

Polar Express Train Ride

(November 29 – December 30)

All aboard the Polar Express! Board the Polar Express Train Ride at St. Louis Union Station and experience the magic of Chris Van Allsburg’s iconic book first-hand. By the end of your journey to the North Pole, you’ll be a true believer once again. Check their website to view an up-to-date schedule.

Chanukah at the Botanical Garden

(December 22, 12 pm – 4 pm)

Kick this Chanukah off right by coming down to the Missouri Botanical Garden. On the 22nd of December, the Garden will host a celebration of the first day of the holiday. Join the party to see a traditional menorah lighting and enjoy some festive music and dancing. There’s even a traditional market where you can purchase items for your own Chanukah celebration. 

Kwanzaa: First Fruits

(December 30, 12 pm – 4 pm)

Come down to the Missouri Botanical Garden to celebrate Kwanzaa this year! The holiday gets its name from the Swahili word meaning “first fruits” and commemorates the feast table of the harvest. The ceremony in the Garden will feature music, storytelling, craft and jewelry displays, and traditional African drumming performances. Kwanzaa: First Fruits runs from 1 to 2:15 PM, but you can stop by anytime in the afternoon to browse the boutique.

St. Louis is a great place to visit for a memorable holiday vacation! Return to the magical pastime of the Christmas season and enjoy a stay at one of our select suites or short-term rentals in the city. Wishing you happy holidays from our Frontdesk family to yours!