St. Louis around the holidays is absolutely magical. There are plenty of options for strolling through beautiful Christmas lights, ice skating, and making family memories that will last for years to come. During our time at Fort Leonard Wood, our family made the decision to focus more on experiences around the holidays and less on gifts under the tree. If you’ve ever considered something like that, we have a list of some great Christmas experiences that kids of all ages will love and remember for many years to come.
Zoo Wild Lights - The St. Louis Zoo is one of our favorite St. Louis attractions, but around the holidays, they really go all out! The Wild Lights event is available during the weekend evenings during the holiday season (Thanksgiving through New Years), along with opportunities to attend Breakfast with Santa and Dinner with Santa on certain days. Though the zoo is usually free, there is a cost for Wild Lights; however, your admission fee also includes entrance to the 4D movie theater and the carousel.
The Fabulous Fox - If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing a performance at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, you need to add this to your experience bucket list! Almost 100 years old, this incredibly beautiful venue will take your breath away as soon as you walk in. And not only is the theatre impressive, the variety of shows offered is what appeals most to us. This year’s holiday line up includes a variety of shows that will interest almost everyone! You can view all upcoming performances and purchase tickets on their website.
Missouri Botanical Gardens, Glow - The Missouri Botanical Gardens comes alive during the holidays. In fact, their Glow event is so popular, you have to purchase tickets for certain time slots ahead of time. Though this requires some planning, it ensures your experience at the gardens is enjoyable and memorable for your family. The Gardens also offer several food choices and many holiday-themed specialty drinks, as well. Get ticket information, including options for discounted tickets, on their website.
Missouri Botanical Gardens, Festival of Lights - The Missouri Botanical Gardens also hosts a beautiful Festival of Lights event to mark the beginning of Chanukah. This year’s festival will be held on December 2.
Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights Tours - Not only will you be able to take an awesome tour of one of America’s oldest breweries, but you’ll get a chance to experience some of the best Christmas lights and decorations. In addition to the stroller-friendly tour, you can also enjoy the biergarten, food stations, and free beer samples while the kids get a chance to check out the clydesdale horses and the ice rink.
Christmas at the Cathedral - This beautiful Christmas music can only be heard once a year at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. This year’s concert will happen on December 2 and we strongly encourage you to grab your tickets now! Wrapping this concert into a wonderful day in St. Louis could set the tone for a wonderful Christmas season for your whole family.
The Arch Winterfest - This outdoor festival is something many St. Louis residents look forward to all year long. Ice skating under the arch and enjoying a warm beverage with your friends and family allows you to step back from the hustle and bustle of everything else and enjoy those who really mean the most to you. Check out their website to stay up to date on details as they become available.
The Polar Express - For the young and the young at heart, the Polar Express that leaves from St. Louis Union Station is the epitome of holiday experience! All tickets include hot chocolate, cookies, and a gift from Santa. Passengers will enjoy singing Christmas carols and are encouraged to wear their pajamas on the trip. Check out their website to learn more about adding a hotel stay or a Magical Meal to your trip. Start preparing for this great experience beforehand by reading the book or watching the movie together as a family.