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2013 Holiday Events in St. Louis

35 Great Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season in St. Louis

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The holiday season is here and there are so many ways to get into the spirit in St. Louis. Sure, you may want to pick out the perfect tree, but below are other events just begging to become an annual holiday tradition. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah or Kwanzaa, there's something for everyone this holiday season. If you're looking for ways to celebrate without spending money, check out Free Holiday Events and Celebrations in the St. Louis Area.

1. Christmas Light Displays

Photo courtesy Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau

St. Louis has some wonderful Christmas light displays, from Winter Wonderland in Tilles Park to the Way of Lights in Belleville and many more. For hours of operation, admission prices and other information, see St. Louis' Best Holiday Light Displays.
November 2013 - January 2014
Various Locations

2. Gardenland Express

Photo courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden

It's all aboard for some holiday fun at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Garden is kicking off its holiday season with its "Gardenland Express" annual flower and train show. The show features model trains that wind their way though a miniature landscape filled with winter scenes and surrounded by poinsettias and other flowering plants. The display is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 a person until December 19, and $7 a person starting on December 20. Garden members get in free.
November 23, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Missouri Botanical Garden

3. Deck the Halls Wreath Exhibit

Local floral designers are showing off their best work at the annual holiday wreath exhibit at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The wreaths are on display each day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit is included with the cost of Garden admission. You also have the chance to own one of the featured wreaths by making a bid during the silent auction. Proceeds from the auction benefit Garden programs.
November 23, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Missouri Botanical Garden

4. Chanukah at the Botanical Garden

Photo by Josh Monken, courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden

Experience the traditions of Chanukah at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Garden will host "Chanukah: Festival of Lights" from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 24. The celebration begins with the symbolic lighting of the menorah, followed by Jewish music and dancing. There is also a traditional marketplace where shoppers can buy Chanukah items. The festival will be held in the Ridgway Visitor Center. Admission is included with a regular Garden ticket.
November 24, 2013
Missouri Botanical Garden

5. Chabad Menorah Workshop

Build your own Menorah at this fun, family event hosted by Chabad of Greater St. Louis. There's also food, music and surprises for the kids. The workshop is at the Home Depot on Hanley Road in Brentwood from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
November 24, 2013
Brentwood

6. Three Chances to Have Breakfast with Santa

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St. Louis area children are invited to dine with Santa this holiday season. The St. Louis Zoo, Magic House and Eckert's Orchards are all hosting Breakfast with Santa. Prices vary for each event, but they all include a meal, treats for the kids and pictures with Santa himself.
Eckerts Orchards: November 30, December 1, 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 21 & 22, 2013
St. Louis Zoo: December 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 21 & 22, 2013
Magic House: December 8 & 15, 2013

7. Holiday Magic

The Edward Jones Dome will turn into a Christmas wonderland for Holiday Magic 2013. There will be shopping, decorations, food and fun at this three day event. Dozens of vendors will be selling local goods, Christmas decorations and more. When you're tired of shopping, you can take a spin on a carnival ride or enjoy some holiday entertainment. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children.
November 29 - December 1, 2013
Downtown St. Louis

8. Snapshots with Santa

Kids and pets can get their pictures taken with Santa at the Boathouse in Forest Park. Santa will arrive by boat at 11 a.m. Pictures are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Money raised from the event benefits Forest Park Forever.
December 1, 2013
Forest Park

9. KMOX Holiday Radio Show

A live performance by your favorite radio personalities from KMOX. Each year, the station puts on an old-time, live radio play for the holidays. Tickets are $15 to $50.
December 2, 2013
Sheldon Concert Hall

10. Holiday Brass Concerts

The Holiday Brass Concerts are an annual tradition for many in St. Louis. The concerts will be at Manchester United Methodist Church on Woods Mill Road. Concerts are at 10:15 a.m., 2:15 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults or $23 for students and seniors.
December 3, 2013
West St. Louis County

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