By Kat Riddler, Managing Editor
The Current Student Newspaper presents our Holiday Guide for 2017!
*Some events have a ticket cost. Please visit event pages for more information*
Steinberg Skating Rink
Open through March 1 with extended holiday hours
Steinberg Skating Rink is the largest outdoor ice skating rink in the Midwest offering 27,600 square feet of FROZEN FUN and is open daily including holidays. Visit http://www.steinbergskatingrink.com/ for details.
Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights
November 16 to December 30
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 5 to 10 p.m.
We are back and BIGGER than ever this year! Admission is Free. Every guest (21+ Only) will receive a wristband for five 5oz. samples of their favorite beer! We’ll have non-alcoholic beverages for everyone else. Walk around and enjoy all the amazing lights, our fire pits, the Bud Light Ice Rink, the Budweiser Clydesdales, and more!
Magic of Lights
Gateway Motorsports Park daily from November 17 to Jan 1 from dusk to 10 p.m.
Features a drive-through Christmas lights experience 1.5-miles long with more than 40 scenes of holiday lights—nearly one million sparkling LED lights.
Santa’s Magical Kingdom
Nights from November 17 to Jan. 7 from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday
Six Flags Holiday in the Park
Select days November 18 to January 1
The park will be transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of colorful lights, carolers performing classic yuletide favorites, personalized meet-and-greets with Santa and his helpers, and everyone’s favorite Looney Tunes characters. Visit stixflags.com for more details.
Winterfest at the Arch
November 18 to January 1
2 to 9 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday
The Gateway Arch Park Foundation and St. Louis Blues are teaming up again to bring an ice rink to Downtown St. Louis. Check out archwinterfest.com for hours, skate rental fees, and events.
Garden Glow at Missouri Botanical Garden
November 18 through January 1 from 5 to 10 p.m.
Over one million lights will adorn the Climatron, Kaeser Memorial Maze, Central Axis, Tower Grove House and other iconic locations with unique color combinations. Walkways will be transformed into sensory light tunnels as visitors experience the exhibit’s visual magic.
Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park
Vehicular traffic Sunday through Friday and carriage rides Saturdays from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. from November 22 through December 30
St. Louis County Parks and Recreation transforms Tilles Park into a drive-through holiday light extravaganza that includes a tunnel of lights, scenes from popular Christmas tales and shimmery winterscapes.
November 24 to December 24
Every Wednesday and Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 11 to 9 p.m., & Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This annual month long festival celebrates the best of the holiday season. From the boisterous cheer of our legendary Christmas figures and joyful singing of our harmonious carolers, to the unique shopping and dining opportunities found along the festively decorated brick lined streets, Christmas Traditions® offers something special for everyone. And with over 40 years of the favorite holiday tradition, there has never been more to experience!
Wild Lights at the St. Louis Zoo
Select Nights November 24 to December 30 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Stroll through the Saint Louis Zoo’s enchanting holiday wonderland and enjoy over half a million twinkling lights and festive fun for the whole family! Tickets can be purchased online at stlzoo.org.
Polar Express at Union Station
November 24 to December 30, except Christmas Day
Trains depart St. Louis Union Station at 4:30, 6, 7:15 and 8:30 p.m.
Back by popular demand! THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is returning to St. Louis Union Station for the holidays. Put on your pajamas and bring your family to this very special chance to to ride a real train to the “North Pole.” Experience the magic of The Polar Express, based on the classic and beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. Christmas comes to life on a journey to see Santa Claus who is waiting with a keepsake present for every good boy and girl.
University Wind Ensemble
Blanche M. Touhill at UMSL
December 6 at 7:30 p.m.
The Wind Ensemble program is titled Cornerstones! Join the UMSL Wind Ensemble as we enjoy those pieces that make up what we consider as standard repertoire for the Wind Band.
Sounds of the Season
Blanche M. Touhill at UMSL
December 8 through 10
The holiday season doesn’t begin in St. Louis without the Ambassadors of Harmony. This December, The Ambassadors of Harmony chorus will once again rekindle the joy and magic of the holidays with its always popular Sounds of the Season concert. Visit touhill.org for tickets and times.
Window Walk in the Central West End
December 9, 16, and 23 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Window Walk highlights the many wonderful attributes of the holidays in the CWE—shopping at boutiques, enjoying seasonal libations, great meals at local restaurants and strolling amidst elegantly decorated windows. Window Walk brings back the time-honored tradition formerly found in downtown windows and gives St. Louisans a great venue to experience the holidays.
Sixth Annual Public Hanukkah Menorah Lighting in The Loop
Saturday, December 12 at 7 p.m.
Celebrate Hanukkah in the Market Plaza with the Sixth Annual Public Menorah Lighting in the Delmar Loop officiated by Rabbi Novak. Featuring live Klezmer Music by a student band, free hot latkes and chocolate gelt, joyous chasidic dancing, and more.
Christmas Carol at The Fox
December 14 through 17
This is a holiday event you won’t want to miss. Bring the whole family to see A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Fox Theatre. To purchase tickets, visit MetroTix.com, call 314-534-1111 or in person at the Fabulous Fox Box Office. Prices start at $20
Mercy Holiday Celebration
December 15 at 2 p.m.
Celebrate the most wonderful time of year with your STL Symphony and Holiday Festival Chorus performing a concert full of timeless holiday classics. The music and smiles on children’s faces when visiting with jolly ol’ St. Nick will be sure to leave you with a holiday feeling unlike any other.
Charlie Brown Christmas Live
Peabody Opera House
December 15 at 6:30 p.m.
This brand new touring production of A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage features everyone’s favorite Peanuts gang – Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, Sally, and more, all led by the lovable Charlie Brown – as they discover the true meaning of Christmas. In typical Charlie Brown fashion, things go awry when he selects a tiny fir tree for the production. It’s up to Linus to save the day and remind everyone of the real message of the holiday.
The Nutcracker by the St. Louis Ballet
Blanche M. Touhill at UMSL
December 15 through 23
Gen Horiuchi’s The Nutcracker has become a Saint Louis favorite with dazzling costumes, sets and special effects. The large professional cast of company dancers and special guests swells with students from the school of the Saint Louis Ballet in children’s roles. The holiday favorite is performed to the traditional Tchaikovsky score. Visit touhill.org for tickets and times.
Sugar Plum Fairy Luncheon
December 16 and 17 at 12:30 p.m.
Blanche M. Touhill at UMSL
Saint Louis Ballet’s Sugar Plum Fairy Holiday Luncheon offers a magical holiday experience for every family member before The Nutcracker performance. Enjoy a three course meal among the festive décor in the Lee Theater of and more. Visit touhill.org for tickets and more information.
The Nutcracker by the Repertory Theater
Heagney Theatre at Nerinx Hall High School
December 16, 17, 22
Marie is a little lonely after her family moves to a new town, but when her Godfather arrives with some mysterious Christmas Eve packages, she finds magic in very unlikely places. One of Godfather’s gifts is a wooden nutcracker who appears to be nothing more than an ugly toy, but Marie soon discovers that this is no ordinary doll. The Nutcracker leads Marie on a magical adventure full of evil mice, dancing fairies and distant lands, showing her along the way that friends may not be so hard to find and that the magic of Christmas can last the whole year through.
Elf the Musical
Peabody Opera House
December 26 to 28 at 7:30 p.m.
ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
Ghosts of Christmas Eve by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra
December 26 at 3 and 8 p.m.
Over the past 20-plus years, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra has become a critically-acclaimed, multi-platinum, musical powerhouse, and its annual winter tours a beloved, multi-generational holiday tradition.
Fabulous Fox Theatre
December 27 to December 31
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists!
DreamWorks Animation in Concert
Powell Symphony Hall
December 29 at 7 p.m.
Relive the moments from Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and more as they are projected on the big screen while the STL Symphony plays the magical music live. An experience for the entire family, join us to celebrate more than 20 years of inspired animation and iconic music scores by Hans Zimmer, Harry Gregson-Williams, John Powell, Alexandre Desplat, Alan Silvestri, Danny Elfman and many more.