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Cheap Food In St. Louis: $2 Subs At Subway Through December 31

$2 subs at Subway Looking for cheap food in St. Louis? Just in time for the hectic holidays, Subway is celebrating “Holiday Customer Appreciation” with two $2 subs. Now through December 31, 2104, you can enjoy a six-inch meatball sub or a six-inch cold cut sub for just $2. Order two and you have a 12-inch sub for just four bucks.

As usual, the deal is good at participating locations only. And, there’s an additional charge for extras.

There are several Subway locations in the St. Louis area.

8 Best Places To See Holiday Lights In St. Louis

Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical GardenThere’s no time like Christmas in St. Louis. With lights a-twinkling, Santa visiting and enough activities to keep families busy virtually every day of the month, St. Louis’s December calendar is indeed full.

Here are some of the best places in St. Louis to see holiday lights.  Enjoy!

Wild Lights at the St. Louis Zoo.  It’s Christmas in the jungle. Colorful lights, animated displays and seasonal sounds greet visitors to the Saint Louis Zoo nightly December 19-23 and 26-30 and January 2-3, 2015. Tickets include activities for kids. 

Winter Wonderland in Tilles County Park. Through January 1, 2015. This amazing light display is an annual favorite with young and old alike. It will dazzle you with a million twinkling holiday lights and characters and festive scenes.

Anheuser-Busch BreweryLight Display. Thursday-Sunday through January 4, 2015.  More than a half-million sparkling lights outline the red-brick buildings of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Even the iconic clock tower is a-twinkle. If you’re 21 or older, this year you can sample your favorite beers too.

Garden Glow  Through January 3, 2015. This year’s expanded display of glimmering lights includes a half million holiday lights set in the familiar scenes of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

3rd Annual Window Walk in the Central West End. Through December 22. This event showcases Central West End retail and restaurants’ holiday-themed window displays.Visitors who come to the Central West End during Window Walk will see the area transformed into a winter wonderland and experience an eclectic atmosphere that celebrates the holiday season.

Santa’s Magical Kingdom.Through January 4.  This drive-through park in Jellystone Park Resort in nearby Eureka, features flying reindeer, a tree land village of elves, splashing dolphins, a shimmering 300-foot waterfall that flows from the sky and other magical scenes. Kids will want to visit with Santa in his workshop, ride the Santa Express train or take an old fashioned holiday wagon through the kingdom.

Way of Lights at Our Lady of the Snows Shrine. Through January 2, 2015. Located in nearby Belleville, Ill. visitors embark on a mile-and-a-half drive to Bethlehem. The scriptural journey features more than a million lights in displays with life-size biblical statues scriptural journey to Bethlehem via unusual electro-art displays.

Citygarden in downtown St. Louis. With its whimsical works of art, Citygarden has capture the imagination of those who have visited it. Now, for the holidays, it takes on a whole new look when the sun goes down.

 

Join St. Louis County Library's Free Winter Reading Club, Win Prizes

St. Louis County Library

With January right around the corner, there’s still time to join St. Louis County Library‘s Winter Reading Club. The club opened December 1 and runs through February 28, 2015. It’s a good way to pass those cold January and February days and evenings once the holidays are behind us.

Registration is free and can be done at any  St. Louis County Library branch.

Participants fall into two categories–ages 0-11 or age 12–adult.  Younger readers are encouraged to read for five hours while those in the older group are asked to read four books to complete the club. Those who do will be entered into a prize raffle. Each of the library’s 20 branches will choose three winners in each age group.

Prizes for the kids include sleds, movie gift cards and family memberships to The Magic House. Prizes for teens and adults include movie gift cards, Amazon gift cards and Kindle Fires.

For more information, go to the library’s website.

The St. Louis County Library has branches throughout St. Louis County.

In addition to borrowing books, you can do many other things at the library including:

  • Take DVDs or music CDs home
  • Attend author events
  • Take free computer classes or work one-on-one with a trainer
  • Enjoy story time with your child
  • Ask a librarian for help with your research or schedule a Book-a-Librarian appointment

FREE Shipping Day Coming Up On Thursday, 12/18/14

Holiday giftsIf the holidays are sneaking up on you and you still have shopping to do, here’s a lifeline: Thursday, December 18 is Free Shipping Day.

The day allows you do get your shopping done online and get FREE shipping at about 900 online retailers. Best of all, there’s no minimum purchase to on Thursday, December 18. You can see the full list of participating merchants, when you click here

Birthday Celebration For Raja At Saint Louis Zoo

Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 3.15.47 PMEven elephant kids grow up fast! Raja,the Saint Louis Zoo’s bull elephant, Raja, is turning 22 if you can believe it. He will receive special presents at 11 a.m. on his birthday, Saturday, December 27, in River’s Edge at the Zoo, weather permitting. Visitors are invited to sing “Happy Birthday” and cheer for Raja.

Raja was the first Asian elephant born at the Zoo and has now sired four female calves – Maliha, Jade, Kenzi and Priya!

For the FREE party, zookeepers and volunteers have constructed giant birthday presents filled with some of the elephant’s favorite things, including cereal, melons, bananas and popcorn. Large trees for Raja to knock over will also be provided. Other elephants from the family may join in on the celebration in River’s Edge.

From 10:30-11 a.m., there will be keeper chats and animal training demonstrations at the elephant habitats, weather permitting. After the celebration, visitors can sign a super-sized birthday card and learn more about the elephants and elephant conservation from keeper chats, activities and biofacts at Lakeside Cafe until 1 p.m. Birthday cupcakes and hot chocolate will be available for purchase.

The Zoo is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with free admission. The Zoo will close at 3 p.m. on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, and all day on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. U.S. Bank Wild Lights at the Zoo continues Dec. 19-23, 26-30, and Jan. 2-3, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 24-25, 31 and Jan. 1). Admission to Wild Lights is $7 per person; $6 for Zoo members.

 

Eight Holiday Light Displays For A Great St. Louis Christmas

Missouri Botanical Garden Climatron

Photo by Dilip Vishwanat

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Nothing says Christmas in St. Louis like the twinkling light displays at various attractions around town.

Here’s a list of eight outstanding holiday light displays around town. Some are free; some require a modest entry fee. As always, we’ve done our best to give you the latest hours of operation but it’s always smart to call ahead or consult the organization’s website to confirm hours and other details before heading out.

Go forth and have fun this holiday season!

  • Wild Lights at the St. Louis Zoo.  Through January 3, 2015. Colorful lights, animated displays and seasonal sounds greet visitors to the Saint Louis Zoo Friday-Sunday through December 14 December and nightly December 19-23 and 26-30 and January 2-3.
  • Winter Wonderland in Tilles Park. Through January 1, 2014. This amazing light display is an annual favorite with young and old alike. This drive-through light display will dazzle you with a million twinkling holiday lights and characters and festive scenes .
  • Anheuser-Busch Brewery Light Display. Thursday-Sunday through January 4, 2015.  More than a half-million sparkling lights outline the red-brick buildings of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Even the iconic clock tower is a-twinkle. If you’re 21 or older, this year you can sample your favorite beers too.
  • Garden Glow  Through January 3, 2015. This year’ expanded display of glimmering lights includes a half million holiday lights set in the familiar scenes of the Missouri Botanical Garden.
  • 3rd Annual Window Walk in the Central West End. Through December 22. This event showcases Central West End retail and restaurants’ holiday-themed window displays.Visitors who come to the Central West End during Window Walk will see the area transformed into a winter wonderland and experience an eclectic atmosphere that celebrates the holiday season.
  • Santa’s Magical Kingdom.Through January 4.  This drive-through park in Jellystone Park Resort in nearby Eureka, features flying reindeer, a tree land village of elves, splashing dolphins, a shimmering 300-foot waterfall that flows from the sky and other magical scenes. Kids will want to visit with Santa in his workshop, ride the Santa Express train or take an old fashioned holiday wagon through the kingdom.
  • Way of Lightsat Our Lady of the Snows Shrine. Through January 2, 2015. Located in nearby Belleville, Ill. visitors embark on a mile-and-a-half drive to Bethlehem. The scriptural journey features more than a million lights in displays with life-size biblical statues scriptural journey to Bethlehem via unusual electro-art displays.
  • CitygardenWith its whimsical works of art, Citygarden has capture the imagination of those who have visited it. Now, for the holidays, it takes on a whole new look when the sun goes down. 

Free Concert: Bach At The Sem At Concordia Seminary

Bach at the Sem at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis

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American Kantorei will present two J. S Bach Advent cantatas in a FREE concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, December 14 at Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus on the campus of Concordia Seminary, 801 Seminary Place.  Per-concert music performed by Clarion Brass begins at 2:45 p.m.

Maurice Boyer, is the director of Bach at the Sem. The cantatas that will be performed are “Schwingt freudig euch empor,” “BWV 36, BWV 62 and “Nun komm der Heiden Heiland. Other selections on the program are by Bach, Distler and Praetorius.

Free Holiday Concert At Lindenwood University In St. Charles

St. Charles Municipal BandThe St. Charles Municipal Band performs its third annual FREE holiday concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 16 at Lindenwood University in St. Charles.

The group’s Concert Band and the Big Band will perform traditional holiday music with a special visit by St. Nicholas.

The event will be at the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts theatre, a half mile north of Interstate 70 at First Capitol Drive and West Clay Street.

Concert band director is Nancy Garza. The Big Band director is Earl Kreder.

Botanical Garden: Free Admission For Residents On Wednesday And Saturday Mornings

Missouri Botanical Garden

If you’re a resident of St. Louis City or St. Louis County, you can get into the Missouri Botanical Garden for free if you get there early enough on Wednesday or Saturday.

Residents of St. Louis and St. Louis County get free admission to the Garden on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

You have to get there before noon. The deal is off if there is an event with a special admission fee. Garden hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is the nation’s oldest botanical garden in continuous operation. It is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display.

 The Garden encompasses 79 acres of horticultural displays offering something for everyone including Chinese GardenEnglish Woodland Garden,Ottoman Garden and Victorian District.

The  Climatron conservatory houses a vibrant tropical rainforest, while the adjoining Temperate House is home to a multitude of Mediterranean species. The Japanese Garden covers 14 acres, making it one of the largest Japanese strolling gardens in North America.

The Garden is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed on Christmas day). Numerous tour options are available for adults, students, families and children.  

Narrated tram tours are available from April through October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays departing every hour on the hour and 9:30 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. weekends departing every 40 minutes. Tickets are $4 for adults and children over the age of two. Children two and under are free when seated on a lap.

The Missouri Botanical Garden features flower shows, live music and special events throughout the year.  Check out the Garden’s online event calendar to see what’s coming up.

 

Free Pie Wednesday At O'Charley's Restaurants

O'Charley's Free Pie Wednesday

Time to plan out your mid-week break. How about Free Pie Wednesday at O’Charley’s Restaurant & Bar. O’Charley’s offers a free slice of pie on Wednesdays with the purchase of on entree.

No coupon is necessary for Free Pie Wednesday.

The fine print: You must purchase and entree. Limit of one slice per person per purchased per visit. Good only at participating locations. Not combinable with any other offers, promotions, discounts or coupons.

In the St. Louis area there are O’Charley’s locations in Florissant, Fenton, St. Peters and St. Louis.