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 or sip hot cocoa by the fire, 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. Have your own holiday event? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org!
AB Brewery Lights
Anheuser-Busch has improved and expanded its holiday light display near Soulard. AB celebrates Christmas each year by decorating the brewery complex with thousands of lights. This year, you can also enjoy live music, fire pits, and free samples of AB products Thursday through Sunday evenings from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Enter at the Tour Center at 1200 Lynch Street.
Nov. 16, 2017 – Dec. 30, 2017
AB Brewery, South St. Louis
Santa’s Magical Kingdom
It takes quite a while to see the 35 acres of Christmas lights at Santa’s Magical Kingdom in south St. Louis County. Millions of lights and dozens of holiday scenes fill Jellystone Park in Eureka. You can see Santa’s flying reindeer, travel through the Candy Cane Village or visit the Waterfall of Lights. For even more fun, take an old-fashioned wagon ride through the display. After seeing the lights, head over to Kringle’s General Store for a little holiday shopping. Santa’s Magical Kingdom is open from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Admission is $20 per car, van, truck, or SUV.
Nov. 17, 2017- Jan. 7, 2018
Jellystone Park, Eureka
Way of Lights
The Way of Lights at Our Lady of the Snows Shrine in Belleville is one of the area’s most popular Christmas displays (see pictures of the display). More than a million lights are used to tell the story of Jesus’ birth. You can drive through the display or take a carriage ride. There’s also a laser light show, camel rides, an indoor Christmas tree display and an interactive play area for the kids. The Way of Lights is open Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday through Sunday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission to view the lights is free, but there is a small charge for the laser light show, camel rides, and other attractions. Donations are also accepted.
Nov 17, 2017 – Dec 31, 2017
Our Lady of the Snows Shrine, Belleville
Another option for holiday lights in the Metro East is the Winter Wonderland of Lights in Lebanon, Illinois. Colorful lights and hand-painted scenes are used to create a Victorian style holiday show for the whole family. The drive through display is set up at Horner Park in Lebanon. That’s about 30 minutes from downtown St. Louis. Winter Wonderland is open Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
Nov. 17, 2017 – Dec. 31, 2017
Horner Park, Lebanon, IL
Magic of Lights
The debut display will feature more than 40 scenes made of holiday lights, including animated snowmen, elves, a toy land, a Victorian village, an enchanted forest and a 200-foot-long light tunnel. The entire display, which is 1.5 miles long, will include nearly one million lights. The show will run nightly from dusk until 10 p.m.
Nov. 17, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018
Gateway Motorsports Park, Madison, IL
Hundreds of thousands of lights will decorate the Missouri Botanical Garden for the holidays. Walk through the light display, then take in the Victorian Christmas decorations at Tower Grove House. Garden Glow also has live holiday music, snacks and shopping. Garden Glow is open most evenings during the Christmas season from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. General admission is $16 for adults and $10 for children, $3 for children on Wednesday nights. The price for adults increases to $18 after December 15. Watch a preview, here.
Nov. 18, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018, closed Christmas Eve and Christmas.
Missouri Botanical Garden, South St. Louis
Winter Wonderland: Tilles Park
For 30 years, employees with the St. Louis County Parks Department have turned Tilles Park into a Winter Wonderland. You can drive through the display, but the best way to see the lights is by horse-drawn carriage. Winter Wonderland is open daily from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., except for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Cars are welcome Sunday through Friday, but Saturdays are reserved for carriage rides. Admission is $10 per car. Tickets for carriage rides are available through MetroTix, and vary depending on the size of the carriage.
Nov. 22, 2017 – Dec. 30, 2017
Tilles Park, St. Louis County
Go a little wild this holiday season with Wild Lights at the St. Louis Zoo. If you’ve never been to the zoo on a winter evening, this is a real treat. Walk through the exhibits as they come alive with more than 500,000 lights. Kids can hear holiday stories and adults can do a little shopping at the Holiday Zootique. Wild Lights is open from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for Zoo members and $8 for non-members during the week; $9 and $10 respectively during the weekend. Children under two get in free.
Nov. 24, 2017 – Dec. 30, 2017 | Select Nights
St. Louis Zoo, Forest Park
Each year, Alton’s Rock Spring Park twinkles with more than two million lights during the holiday season. You’ll see cascading waterfalls, lighted trees and dozens of magical displays. Kids can also visit Santa in the Enchanted Forest or get up close with goats, llamas and other animals at the petting zoo. Christmas Wonderland is open Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $7 for cars and small vans, or $1 a person for vehicles with more than 10 people. You can also take a carriage ride through the display.
Nov. 24, 2017 – Dec. 26, 2017
Rock Spring Park, Alton
Celebration of Lights
Celebration of Lights is a holiday light display held at Fort Zumwalt Park. Each scene is designed and funded by local organizations, churches and businesses. Started in 1991, the event attracts more than 10,000 vehicles each year and more than 10,000 individuals during the Old-Fashioned Holiday Stroll. Celebration of Lights is open Sunday, Tuesday through Thursday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., and Monday are for train, wagon and sleigh-hayrides by advance reservation only. Admission is $10 for cars and $15 for large vans. Tuesday is discount night where all cars, vans and non-commercial vehicles are $7.
Nov. 24, 2017 – Dec. 30, 2017
Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon, MO
Holiday Night Lights
The annual Wentzville Holiday Night Lights dispaly at Rotary Park opens on Friday, Nov. 24 for the holiday season. Come enjoy a one-mile light display that features large illuminated commercial scenes and tunnels of twinkling lights. This holiday display is a great way to experience the magic and joy of a winter wonderland close to home. The display is open 5:30-9:30 p.m. Dates vary. Drive-thru admission is $8 for vehicles holding up to six passengers; $1 per additional passenger.
Nov. 24, 2017 – Dec. 30, 2017
Rotary Park, Wentzville, MO
Holiday Festivals and Events
Holiday Wreath Auction
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.
Nov. 17, 2017 – Jan.1, 2018
Missouri Botanical Garden
Winterfest at the Arch Rink Opening
The Gateway Arch Park Foundation and St. Louis Blues are teaming up again to bring an ice rink to downtown St. Louis! Winterfest at the Arch presented by Centene will begin on November 18 with the opening of the ice rink in the new Kiener Plaza. The rink will remain open until January 1, 2018. www.ArchWinterfest.com for rink hours and info.
Nov. 18, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018
Ameren Missouri Festival of Lights
The Ameren Missouri Festival of Lights, MC’d by Steve Templeton from KMOV officially ushers in the Holiday Season with a host of entertainment, lighting of the Salvation Army Tree of Lights, a festive fireworks finale and the Winterfest skating rink in partnership with the Gateway Arch Park Foundation.
Saturday, November 18, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Kiener Plaza, Downtown St. Louis
Holiday in the Park at Six Flags
Holiday in the Park – is back for select days at Six Flags St. Louis. It’s the most magical time of the year filled with enchanting experiences that will help create those special family fun outings again and again. Our breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit.
Nov. 18 – Jan. 1, 2017
Six Flags St. Louis
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.
Nov. 18, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2017
Missouri Botanical Garden
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life inRudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the animated television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the stage production directed and conceived by Jeff Frank and First Stage. Script adaptation by Robert Penola. Arrangements and orchestrations by Timothy Splain.
Nov. 21 & 22, 2017 | 1 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Fabulous Fox Theatre
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
Back by popular demand, visitors to St. Louis this holiday season can book a trip that’s bound to create a Christmas memory they will treasure forever–a journey to the North Pole via THE POLAR EXPRESS. Pajama-clad families can board THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride at St. Louis’ famed Union Station for a train ride to remember. Onboard a real train, as they are whisked off to “the North Pole” they will relive the magic of the classic children’s book THE POLAR EXPRESS by Chris Allsburg.
Nov. 24 – Dec. 30, 2017
St. Louis Union Station
St. Charles Christmas Traditions
When it comes to capturing the sweet, nostalgic essence of Christmastime in America, few places do it better than St. Charles’ Historic Main Street. Experience the magic for yourself at St. Charles Christmas Traditions, a month-long celebration of holiday cheer. Shop and dine along the red-brick streets, say hello to the strolling characters, and allow the festive carolers to lift your spirits. This is the perfect place to begin your own holiday tradition with your family, complete with a gingerbread village, chestnut-roasting and a host of Santas from around the world. Go on — get merry!
Nov. 24 to Dec. 24, every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Historic Main Street, St. Charles
Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley
In this winning and witty sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the bookish middle child of the Bennet family finally has her day. Constantly overshadowed by her four sisters, Mary Bennet finds hope for a new life beyond her family from an unexpected holiday romance. Austen fans and first-timers alike will find much to love in this alluring comedic tale.
Nov. 29 – Dec. 24, 2017
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
Winter Markt Kickoff Shopping Party
Join ALIVE and Urban Chestnut Brewing Company in The Grove for the kickoff to Winter Markt on Thursday, November 30, from 6-8:30pm. Shop from a talented group of artists, makers and holiday vendors curated by ALIVE. Sip beer from UCBC, enjoy a selection of wines and other libations, taste delicious treats from UCBC’s kitchen and enjoy the sights and sounds of the St. Louis season!
Nov. 30, 2017 | 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Urban Chestnut – The Grove
The RFT’s Holiday Spirits
Don’t miss Holiday Spirits, featuring a variety of spirits from local, regional and worldwide distilleries. Guests will enjoy winter-themed cocktails, gourmet bites, live music and much more. Ticket includes unlimited tastings of various spirits and cocktails, craft beer, gourmet bites, live music and art demonstrations from 7 – 10 pm: $35 in advance / $45 at the door (if available). This year benefits Kids Rock Cancer.
Nov. 30, 2017 | 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Third Degree Glass Factory
Home for the Holidays
The small town of Elsah, Illinois, is known as the “village where time stood still.” Elsah’s historic charm is certainly on display during the holidays. Visitors can tour homes decorated for Christmas, do a little shopping and attend the lighting of the village Christmas tree. Your ticket includes a house tour, entertainment at various venues, a ride in a horse drawn carriage or in a decorated wagon drawn by a team of horses.
Dec. 2, 2017 | Noon – 4 p.m.
Print Bazaar on Cherokee
Featuring over 100 artists inside businesses and venues along Cherokee Street, Print Bazaar on Cherokee transcends conventional boundaries, transforming storefronts and sidewalks into artistic venues. If you want a truly intimate and exciting shopping experience this holiday season, look no further than Cherokee Street- the perfect place to do your holiday shopping!
Dec. 2, 2017 | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Christmas in Old Town Florissant
The festivities begin at 2 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall with seasonal music. The Tree Lighting at the end of the activities concludes the day. Santa Claus will arrive at city hall at 2:15 p.m. and welcome all children to visit him. You can also make a craft, decorate a cookie donated by Helfer’s, have your face painted by the Valley of Flowers Queen and her maids Let Cookie the Clown make your very own balloon sculpture Listen to a Christmas story Listen to wonderful seasonal music. And of course have cookies and cocoa Shops will be open along rue St. Francois with regular business hours. So come early before the event to have lunch and shop!
Dec. 2, 2017 | 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Skate with Santa
Santa Claus will be lacing up his ice skates and taking a spin at Steinberg Rink in Forest Park. You can skate with Santa from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Skating fees are $7 a person and $6 for skate rental.
Dec. 2, 2017 | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Steinberg Rink in Forest Park
The Taste of Chocolate and Holiday River Walk
Celebrate the season at the Taste of Chocolate and Holiday River Walk in Grafton. Businesses along Main Street will be offering special promotions, music and entertainment, while the Grafton Winery serves up all kinds of chocolate treats. Tickets are $9 in advance and $10 at the door.
Dec. 2, 2017 | 11: 30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Soulard Holiday Parlour Tour
As one of St. Louis’s most time-honored traditions, The 42st Annual Soulard Holiday Parlour Tour invites guests to take a Historic Walk through featured homes, decked in their holiday best! It will be held on Saturday, December 2nd from 10 am – 4 pm and on Sunday, December 3rd from 10 am – 3 pm.
Dec. 2 & 3, 2017
Breakfast and Dinner with Santa
Bring the whole family for a festive holiday experience at the Zoo. Your joeys will jump for joy as they meet Santa and his holiday helpers, and you’ll be in a merry mood with complimentary parking and a delicious meal. Reservations are limited, so reserve your spot soon!
Dec. 2 – Dec. 20, 2017 , 9 a.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m., dates vary
St. Louis Zoo
CWE Window Walk
Experience the magic of the holidays at the Central West End’s annual Window Walk, now in its 8th year.
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 2017 will kick off on Dec. 2, with additional holiday festivities on Dec. 9, 16 and 23. Enjoy live music, strolling carolers, free carriage rides, ice carving, free kettle corn, visits with Santa and additional holiday entertainment.
Dec. 2, 9, 16, & 23, 2017
Central West End
Midwest Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker
Midwest Ballet Theatre is performing the classic Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker, at the Florissant Civic Center. Tickets are $12.
Dec. 3, 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Florissant Civic Center
Make the season merry and bright when you visit the Saint Louis Art Museum on December 8-10 for Winter Celebrations! Inspired by cultures near and far, performances and art activities will honor timeless traditions and create new experiences that are fun for the whole family.
Dec. 8 – Dec. 10, 2017
St. Louis Art Museum
Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates
Metro Theater Company presents a new telling of the classic story Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates. First published in 1865, this is a story of resilience and integrity in the face of adversity and the thrill of racing down the ice on skates. In the end, we learn character is not defined by wealth or status, but by the choices that we make and the actions we take.
Dec. 8 – 30, 2017
Holidays in Old North
Handmade, vintage, arts, and local vendors will be located in the shops along N. 14th Street for all of your holiday shopping needs and caroling groups will provide periodic entertainment. A few food options will be on hand including our own local favorites, Crown Candy Kitchen and La Mancha Coffeehouse.
Dec. 9, 2017 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Old North Saint Louis Restoration Group, 2700 N 14th St, St. Louis 63106
Lafyette Square Parlour Tour
Tour some of St. Louis’ finest Victorian homes all decked out for Christmas. The tour begins at the Park House, located at the corner of Mississippi and Lafayette Avenues. You will pick up your tickets and tour book there. Amenities include complimentary carriage rides and visits with Santa. Neighborhood shops and restaurants will be open, with many offering treats and discounts. More festivities this year include the Holiday Market on the Plaza from 10am-5pm and kids’ crafts from 1-3pm.
Dec. 10, 2017 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Chanukah at the 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, December 18. 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. Admission is included with a Garden ticket.
Dec. 10, 2017 | Noon – 4 p.m.
Missouri Botanical Garden
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol features a spirited ensemble of 23 performers who bring Dickens’ fable of redemption to life on a magical set created by noted designer James Othuse. A full array of timeless carols such as “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Away In a Manger” and “Here We Come A-Wassailing” are interwoven within the classic story of a tight-fisted, middle-class merchant Ebenezer Scrooge and all the beloved characters from Dickens’ 1843 novel.
Dec. 14 – 17, 2017 | Times Vary
Fabulous Fox Theatre
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Charlie and the gang are here to show you the true meaning of Christmas in this stage adaptation of the classic TV Special. Debuting in 2013, this theatrical production faithfully recreates the atmosphere of the comic strips, and features the jazzy score from the TV show as well a group of Christmas sing a-longs at the end. A wonderful way to introduce younger children to the Peanuts gang, and to explore what Christmas is all about Christmas, beyond just the presents!
Dec. 15, 2017 | 6:30 p.m.
Peabody Opera House
St. Louis Ballet’s Nutcracker
Gen Horiuchi’s version of The Nutcracker, on the vast Touhill stage, incorporates spectacular effects such as glitter, smoke and pyrotechnics plus new choreography each year to keep this holiday classic fresh. A magical adventure that’s appropriate for all ages, The Nutcracker features the talents of Saint Louis Ballet’s professional company along with students from the Saint Louis Ballet School – and special surprise guests in the comic role of Mother Ginger. Glorious dancing, Tchaikovsky’s classic score — a holiday tradition in Saint Louis since 2000!
December 15-23, 2017
Touhill Performing Arts Center
Rock and Roll Holiday Show
Rockn’ Roll Holiday Show and Comic Book Release Party! Joyful Noize! features some of St. Louis’ best pop and rock n’ roll musicians coming together to play holiday rock n’ roll favorites from bands like the Beach Boys, U2, Train, Norah Jones, Chuck Berry and more at the beautifully renovated Grandel Theatre. After the concert, there will be a signing party for the Joyful Noize! Tales from the Season Comic Book — three amazing holiday stories written by Jim Ousley with artwork from group of talented St. Louis Artists. Community@metroplays.org 314-932-7414 ext 106 Enjoyable for All Ages.
Dec. 16, 2017, 2 p.m.
12 Bars of Charity
12 Bars of Charity is BACK! This year we have 8 AMAZING LOCAL CHARITIES for you to choose to support. Also, we have changed things up a little bit, #12BOC is now a DAY TIME EVENT!!
Last year 12 Bars of Charity – St. Louis helped raise more than $90,000 for LOCAL charity and had over 7,500 people participate. Help us SHATTER this record this year as we aim to raise more than $100,000 for LOCAL charity by getting signed up EARLY and spreading the word to your friends!
Dec. 16, 2017 | 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Downtown St. Louis – Check in at Ballpark Village
Purina Farms’ Pet-acular Bazaar
Come shop, celebrate, and commemorate the season at our annual kid- and dog-friendly festival at the indoor Purina Event Center from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. *Breakfast & Craft Workshop with Santa 8:30 am – 10:00 am daily.
Dec. 16 & 17, 2017 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Purina Event Center
Kwanzaa Holiday Expo
Better Family Life is hosting a Kwanzaa Holiday Expo for local families. You will be treated to a shopping experience where you can purchase unique items and support many local businesses, but it’s more than just shopping. It’s a holistic celebration of African American culture where you’ll find great entertainment, opportunities to watch some thought provoking and entertaining films, hear engaging speakers, learn about Kwanzaa, eat some great food and take your children to a safe space where they can engage in culturally inspiring activities.
Dec. 16, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. & Dec. 17, noon – 6 p.m.
Better Family Life Cultural, Educational and Business Center
Moscow’s Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is known for its award-winning Principal Dancers, lavish costumes in the style of the Victorian era, many backdrops created by La La Land Set Concept designer Carl Sprague, and its Russian focus including life-sized Matryoshka Dolls, Russian folk legends Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) and Troika Sleigh. Adults and children enjoy the special effects of the flapping winged owl on the Grandfather clock, the growing 50 ft tall Christmas Tree, the Dove of Peace with a 20ft wingspan, and of course, the leaps, spins, and extraordinary moves of the company all performed to Tchaikovsky’s complete and incomparable score.
Dec. 23, 2017 | 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Fabulous Fox Theatre
Elf The Musical
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. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf.
Dec. 26 – 28, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
Peabody Opera House
Kwanzaa: First Fruits
Kwanzaa is a Swahili term that means “first fruits,” and this contemporary African-American holiday centers around the feast table of the harvest. A Kwanzaa ceremony highlights a day of storytelling, craft and jewelry displays, and authentic African drumming and musical performances. The celebration is from noon until 4 p.m. at the Garden’s Ridgway Center. Admission is included with a ticket to the Garden.
December 27, 2017 | Noon – 4 p.m.
Missouri Botanical Garden
Vienna Boys Choir Concert
The Vienna Boys Choir can trace its history as far back as the 13th century but it was formally established at Vienna’s Imperial Chapel in 1498 by Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I. The many incarnations of the group have been performing continuously ever since.
Nov. 22, 2017 | 8 p.m.
From Gregorian chant and medieval-style compositions to electrically charged synth-tinged orchestral pop, there is no musical stone left unturned in Taylor’s impressive repertoire – most of the albums in the Fresh Aire series hit certified Gold status shortly after release. Expect snow machines, dancers, family-orientated fun and of course, plenty of seasonal spirit!
Nov. 25, 2017 | 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Fabulous Fox Theatre
Jim Brickman – A Joyful Christmas Concert
Be part of the holiday concert tradition of the season as Grammy nominated songwriter and piano sensation Jim Brickman returns to St. Louis for A Joyful Christmas. Join Jim as he brings the sound and spirit of the season to The Touhill Performing Arts Center. Bring your family, friends or that special someone and make Jim Brickman your new holiday tradition!
Nov. 26, 2017 | 3 p.m.
Fantasia brings her Christmas After Midnight tour to Peabody Opera House on Friday, December 1 with special guest Mali Music!
Dec. 1, 2017 | 8 p.m.
Peabody Opera House
Y98 Mistletoe Show
Y98 will host All Time Low, Fitz and the Tantrums, The All-American Rejects, John Rzeznik and Lights, on the West Community Credit Union stage at the Y98 MISTLETOE SHOW Saturday, December 2, 2017, at 6:30pm at the Family Arena.
Dec. 2, 2017 | 6:30 p.m.
KMOX Holiday Radio Show
In honor of KMOX’s anniversary, The Voice of St. Louis presents the 2017 KMOX Holiday Radio Show. Celebrating over 20 years of live performance, the radio play is written by Kevin Killeen, reminiscent of old time radio and performed by the KMOX on-air family. The Holiday Radio Show is a truly unique event that has attracted a full house since its debut in 1995.
Dec. 4, 2017 | 7 p.m.
Dean Christopher, a Classic Vegas-Rat Pack and More Christmas
One of the greatest eras in the history of entertainment, “Classic Vegas,” meets the holiday season head-on. The style, the entertainers, all brought to life and rolled up into your favorite holiday tunes by award winning actor, singer and impressionist, Dean Christopher and his band. A holiday show you won’t soon forget, not to mention, a sure-fire way to get into the holiday spirit!
Dec. 5, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
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 Monday, December 4, at 10:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m., and Tuesday December 5, at 2:15 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $26 for adults or $25 for students and seniors.
Dec. 5 & 6, 2016
Manchester United Methodist Church
Tim Schall and Tina Schmidt
Kick off your holidays with the swingin’ sounds of the season! Tim Schall and music director/arranger Carol Schmidt deliver fresh takes on favorites including “Let It Snow,” “Little Drummer Boy,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and more. Find out why the Riverfront Times says of Schall, “He’s the sort of performer who makes you feel that he’s singing to you, and for you.”
Dec. 5 & 6 | 10 a.m.
The Sheldon Click here for more Sheldon Holiday Concerts.
Phil Vassar & Kellie Pickler – A Christmas Tour
Country music fans know that when the holidays come around that they are in for a treat from their favorite stars. Now, two essential holiday-favorites, recording artist Phil Vassar and country music darling Kellie Pickler, are teaming up this season for a special Christmas tour around the country launching at the end of November and continuing throughout December.
Dec. 7, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
Christmas at the Cathedral
Celebrate the joy of the music of Advent and Christmas at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. The St. Louis Archdiocesan Choirs & Orchestra will fill the Cathedral with the sounds of the season!
Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. & 10 at 2:30 p.m.
New Country 92.3’s JingleFest presented by Miller Lite returns on December 9th to The Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri. Nashville’s hottest new country stars will play the 15th anniversary of the show, headlined by Old Dominion, with additional performances by LOCASH, Walker Hayes, and Delta Rae.
Dec. 9, 2017 | 6 p.m.
Hometown Holiday Concert
The Northwinds Concert Band performs its annual holiday concert at the Florissant Civic Centre Theatre on December 8, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors.
Dec. 10, 2017 | 3 p.m.
Florissant Civic Centre Theatre
Gospel Christmas: A Soulful Celebration with Dianne Reeves
Grammy Award-winner and renowned jazz vocalist, Dianne Reeves, joins the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and IN UNISON Chorus led by Kevin McBeth to ring in the holiday season with music from her album, Christmas Time Is Here, performing unforgettable jazz renditions of favorite holiday classics and more. Don’t miss this soulful celebration sure to warm your heart with holiday cheer.
Dec. 14, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
Mercy Holiday Celebration
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. Join us and experience for yourself why thousands of St. Louisans make this their annual holiday tradition.
Dec. 15, 16, & 17, 2017 | 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Jazz St. Louis Big Band plays Ellington’s Nutcracker
Celebrate the Holidays with a special showcase of Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite performed by the Jazz St. Louis Big Band. These jazz interpretations of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, arranged by Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, feature tunes like “Sugar Rum Cherry” (taking the place of “Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy”) and “Peanut Brittle Brigade” (taking the place of the mundanely named “March”). Filling out each set will be Ellington/Stray horn classics like “Take the A-Train,”“Cottontail,” “Koko,” “The Mooche,” and more, all played from the original charts.
Dec. 19, 20, & 21, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Jazz at the Bistro
A Very Manley Christmas
Jim Manley is an explosive trumpet player whose forays into the musical stratosphere are exciting and unbelievable. In the past few years,Manley has branched out as a bandleader, composer/arranger, and clinician, maintaining a busy playing schedule with nearly 4,500 engagements in the last fifteen years. For these special Bistro shows, Manley has put together ascreamin’ seven-piece instrumental group dubbed Mad Brass & Rhythm to bring you Holiday cheer!
Dec. 22 & 23, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Jazz at the Bistro
This exciting Trans-Siberian Orchestra show has to be seen to be believed! The story is about a runaway girl who takes refuge in an abandoned theater on Christmas Eve, and meets the Ghosts of Christmas, and learning her own worth in the meantime. The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve was in fact the band’s first made-for-television film back in 1999, and now they are taking it on tour again around the country as a live concert!
Dec. 26, 2017 | 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
BMO Private Bank New Year’s Eve Celebration
Experience St. Louis’ best kept secret and ring in 2018 with the perfect addition to your New Year’s Eve plans. Join Music Director David Robertson and your St. Louis Symphony Orchestra for an evening of magical music and unforgettable surprises. Don’t miss the most anticipated concert of the year!
Dec. 31, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.