Feel the magic of the holiday season come alive when you visit St. Louis, Missouri for their annual Christmas Festival. The events begin the Saturday following Thanksgiving and roll on throughout the entire month of December. With so many days of fun events, this is a festival that is perfect for anyone and everyone.
Kick off the holiday season right after Thanksgiving with a trip through Ameren Missouri's Festival of Lights. Visit Union Station where you'll find live entertainment, a variety of mascots, children's activities, and the lighting of The Salvation Army's Tree of Lights. Then kick back and enjoy a delightful fireworks show after the sun departs the sky.
Lights are only the beginning. The city comes to live with numerous fun events throughout the season. The local light display is always a great crowd pleaser. Jump into the holiday spirit with some of the most popular spots around the city including Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park, or head to Santa's Magical Kingdom at Jellystone Park in Eureka, Missouri. The St. Louis Zoo offers Wild Lights throughout the holiday season, and the Botanical Gardens in the city offer Gardenland Express, Deck the Halls Wreath Exhibit, a Chanukah Festival of Lights, a Kwanzaa Festival of the First Fruits, and Christmas Carols in the Garden.
If that isn't enough to satisfy your need for festive cheer, head to any of the St. Louis malls and shop till you drop in the holiday wonderlands that include specialty shops, antique shops, boutiques, and department stores. Main Street in St. Charles offers an old-fashioned Christmas shopping experience complete with Victorian carolers to bring a special touch of holiday cheer. Don't forget your furry friends, head to Purina Farms' Pet-acular Bazaar held each December where you'll find special gifts just for your four legged friends.
For an array of holiday events, Missouri is the place to be. The state offers many local favorites that bring the magic of the holidays alive. Head to Missouri between Thanksgiving and Christmas to make the most of your holiday.