Joyous and Festive Holiday Events To Experience In St. Louis

Starting off the holiday season in St. Louis. Macy’s Festival of Lights at Kiener Plaza on Nov. 22nd. During the festivities, which begin at 4 p.m., the Moscow Ballet Nutcracker St. Louis Dancers will perform. The Christmas Village will also offer   entertainment by the St. Louis Christmas Carols Association, the Salvation Army Brass Ensemble, Grand Center Arts Academy Show Choir, Muny Kids, Show-Me Sound and Rivertown Sound Quartet. 

Colorful floats, marching bands, storybook characters and other delights are all part of the 
Annual Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade that rolls down the streets of downtown St. Louis at 8:45 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 28. And, be sure to look for Santa, who will be on hand to celebrate the season.

If the children miss seeing Santa at the parade they can catch up with and chat over breakfast Saint Louis Zoo weekly on Saturday and Sunday from Dec. 7 to Dec. 22. Or, they can enjoy Dinner With Santa on Dec. 20-23. Kids who attend get a photo with Santa a gift and a visit from costumed characters. The Saint Louis Zoo will also host the U. S. Bank Wild Lights, which is a holiday wonderland of spectacular light. Wild Lights is open Nov. 29-30, Dec. 1, 6-8, 13-15, 20-23, & 26-30.

The Missouri Botanical Garden will present a holiday favorite for everyone to enjoy; the Gardenland Express, which runs Nov. 23-Jan. 5, 2014. G-scale model trains zoom through a miniature landscape of living plants in a display surrounded by more than 500 poinsettias and other flowers. Stick around for an evening stroll through the magical Garden Glow when thousands of lights illuminate the Garden’s iconic buildings, walkways become sensory light tunnels and traditional candlelight village displays radiate light. The Gardens will be closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 5.

These are just a sampling of the joyous and festive holiday events to experience in St. Louis!

Getting There:

To discover current holiday events, attractions, and more to experience visit the St Louis Convention and Visitors Commission at or call 1-800-916-0040.

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