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Grab A Meal--Or Tea--With Santa In St. Louis

Breakfast with Santa at the Magic House St. Louis Children's MuseumThere are plenty of opportunities for families to catch a meal with Santa in St. Louis this holiday season. Here’s a sampling of what’s available:

  • Supper with Santa at the Butterfly House (Saturdays & Sundays) December 5-20, 2015. Santa is stopping by the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in Faust Park December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20) where children and their families can enjoy a pasta dinner, complete with cookie decorating and hot cocoa. Also available: Night strolls through the Tropical Conservatory. Santa’s Workshop stations will offer children the chance to make fun crafts, including keepsake ornaments and act silly in the photo booth. Souvenir pictures will be taken with the guest of honor – Santa. Reservations required. Admission is $20 for the general public; $15 Garden members and their children; free for children 12 months and younger. The event will be from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Teddy Bear Tea, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6 at Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. It’s  a festive afternoon of storytelling, face painting and caroling with hot cocoa, tea, selection of mini-sandwiches and pastries, and a special gingerbread cookie-decorating station. Guests are encouraged to bring a teddy bear to donate to Friends of Kids with Cancer. All seatings begin at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. For reservations, call 314-719-1433.
  • Breakfast with Santa at the Hard Rock Cafe St. Louis, 9-11 a.m., Sunday, December 6 at the Hard Rock Cafe St. Louis. Enjoy breakfast with Santa with reserved seating and a buffet style breakfast. Santa will be accompanied by his “Singing Elves,” The Hard Rock will be decorated for the holidays and will play holiday music as Santa visits every table. Each child will have the chance to have his/her picture taken with Santa. Kids will also be given a party bag filled with rockin’ holiday goodies to take home. Reservations are required. Call (314) 621-7625 and ask for sales.
  • Breakfast with Santa at The Magic House, 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., Sunday, December 6. Pancake flipper extraordinaire Chris Cakes Catering’s master chef will flip pancakes through the air for a special kids breakfast at the Magic House with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Activities include playtime in the Museum and a chance  to make a fun holiday craft to take home. Reservations are required. Admission is $20 per person for non-members; $15 per person for members.   Call 314-822-8900 for more information.

Top 6 Holiday FREE + Cheap Things To Do This Weekend In St. Louis

So many great FREE and cheap holiday activities this weekend and so little time!

Here’s our pick of the top 6 holiday-related things to do in the Lou this weekend:

 

Grinchmas on South Grand On Saturday

Grinchmas on St. Louis' South GrandThe Grinch will arrive in St. Louis’ South Grand neighborhood on Saturday, December 5 for “Grinchmas” to spread holiday cheer and joy and raise funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children.

The Grinch will be  at South Grand’s Ritz Park at 3147-3149 S. Grand Blvd. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For a $7 donation to the hospital, participants can get their photo taken with the Grinch. Those who bring a toy donation for the children at Shriners Hospitals for Children can get a photo taken for only $5.

Clowns from Moolah Shriners will also be on hand to provide free face-painting and balloon animals. Photomaton a unique photo booth, will partner with South Grand this year to do Grinch photos.

Specials offered throughout the South Grand Business District, and The Vine Cafe will donate 5% of its sales that day to the Shriners Hospital for Children!

Specials to those who show their photo with the Grinch:

  • Bali Cargo Company of St. Louis, 10% off your purchase
  • City Diner (South Grand), free appetizer with purchase of two entrees
  • Lulu’s Local Eatery, 25% off your purchase
  • Mangia Italiano, free appetizer with purchase of two entrees
  • Parsimonia Vintage, 15% off entire purchase (non-consignment items)
  • Rooster South Grand, free hot chocolate with purchase as well as 10% of purchase will be donated to the Shriners Hospital for Children
  • T-Mobile (South Grand), 15% off any accessory and free activation on any line
  • Tower Grove Creamery, 20% off yogurt
  • Zee Bee Market,  10% of your purchase

Street parking is available, as well as a free parking lot located at 3500 Hartford provided by the business district.

 

The St. Louis Children's Choirs Holiday Concert 2015

St. Louis Children's ChoirsSix ensembles of talented young singers—ages 6 to 18—of The St. Louis Children’s Choirs will perform Christmas carols and holiday favorites old and new at the St. Louis Children’s Choirs Holiday Concert 2015 at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 5 at Powell Symphony Hall.

Professional instrumentalists will collaborate with the young singers and there’ll be a moving candlelight processional. The concert finale includes all 450 young voices filling the hall.

Tickets begin at $20 and can be purchased online at http://www.powellhall.com.

Powell Symphony Hall is in the Grand Center Entertainment District.

International Institute of St. Louis' Holiday Bazaar

International Institute of St. Louis' Holiday BazaarHere’s your chance to make sure those gifts under the tree are unique–shop the International Institute of St. Louis’ Holiday Bazaar this weekend.

The bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, December 5 at the International Institute’s gym at 3401 Arsenal St., St. Louis.

Admission is FREE but you can support the Institute by donating $5 for a raffle ticket. For more information, call 314-773-9090.

Happy Holidays • Felices Fiestas • Joyeuses Fêtes • Eid Wanaagsan • Frohe Feiertage • Sretan Praznik • Buone Feste

FREE: Wonderful Winter At Saint Louis Art Museum Family Sunday

Wonderful Winter at Saint Louis Art MuseumFamilies can enjoy FREE hands-on wintery art activities as part of the Saint Louis Art Museum‘s Family Sunday program, Wonderful Winter from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, December 6.

Also included: a  lively 30-minute family tour through the galleries. The family tour leaves at 2:30 p.m.

The program repeats on Sunday, December 20.

The Saint Louis Art Museum is located in Forest Park at One Fine Arts Drive.

Celebration Of Lights At Fort Zumwalt Park In O'Fallon

Celebration of Lights at Fort Zumwalt Park in O'Fallon, MO

Celebration of Lights at Fort Zumwalt Park in O’Fallon, MO

 

“Celebration of Lights,”a drive-through holiday light display, is open at Fort Zumwalt Park in O’Fallon, MO through Dec. 30 (closed Dec. 25). O’Fallon is located west of St. Louis in St. Charles County.Visitors can view the celebration from 6-9 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday, and 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

On Monday the exhibit is closed to vehicle traffic. Train and Segway rides are by advance reservation only.

Admission is $10 for cars; $15 for commercial vans; $1 per person on tour buses ($25 minimum).

 

Special admission nights

TUESDAY: The special admission price for Tuesday Night Special is $7 for all non-commercial vehicles.

WEDNESDAY: Bring a food pantry donation of canned or boxed goods Wednesday through Sunday and get $1 discount per vehicle.

Each scene in the exhibit is designed and funded by local organizations, churches and businesses.

  • Carriage rides and are sleigh-hayrides are SOLD OUT for 2105.
  • Train rides are offered on Monday only at  6:15, 6:45, 7:15,  7:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Reservations are required. No train rides on Christmas Eve. To schedule your ride, call 636-379-5606 or email cdera@ofallon.mo.us. Admission is $10. adults; $5 for children ages 1-11.
  • Segway rides are offered by Glide St. Louis. Segway tours are suitable for ages 16 and up. Small groups on holiday-decorated Segways will be led through the Celebration of Lights by Santa. One-on-one training will be provided beforehand, and complimentary hot chocolate will be served after the tour. Photos will be taken of each team and emailed by request, free. Cost: $30 per person. Reservations required. Call Glide St. Louis Tours at 314-868-7386. or go to the company’s webpage.

 

Mmmm! 25-Cent Chocolate Chip Cookies At Whole Foods

Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 9.09.12 AMWhole Foods is celebrating National Cookie Day today with 25-cent chocolate chip cookies!

Although today, Friday, December 4 is National Cookie Day (who knew?) Whole Foods is taking a whole week to (through December 8) to celebrate with the deal.

Fine print: While supplies last; limit three per customer.

In St. Louis Whole Foods Markets can be found at 1601 S. Brentwood Blvd. in Richmond Heights and 1160 Town and Country Crossing in Town and Country.

The Nutcracker At The Touhill

 

The Nutcracker by Saint Louis Ballet at  UMSL"s Touhill

The Nutcracker by Saint Louis Ballet at UMSL”s Touhill

Saint Louis Ballet will present The Nutcracker, that perennial holiday fave, in 10 performances at The Touhill December 17-23. With the Tchaikovsky score as the backdrop, this classic combines colorful sets and costumes with graceful dancing for the perfect holiday outing for the family.

The little ones can also enjoy a Sugar Plum Fairy Luncheon December 19 and 20. Kids attending the luncheon will have the opportunity to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy, her Cavalier and the cast of The Nutcracker. Participants can take pictures with their favorite dancers including the Snow King and Snow Queen as well as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. Memory books are provided to gather autographs from the Saint Louis Ballet dancers. Tickets to the three-course luncheon plus sweets and treats are sold separately.  See the menu here.

Saint Louis Ballet is a professional ballet company. The performance also includes students from the St. Louis Ballet School.

All performances are at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Missouri, St. Louis, One University Boulevard, St. Louis.

Saint Louis Zoo's 'Wild Lights' Open Until Jan. 3

Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo

Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo

U.S. Bank’s “Wild Lights” is in full swing at the Saint Louis Zoo giving visitors a glimpse of the North Pole during their visit.

Dates and Times:

The ever popular holiday light program is open from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the following dates: Wednesday-Sunday, Dec. 2-6; Wednesday-Sunday, Dec. 9-13; Wednesday-Wednesday, Dec. 16-23; Saturday-Wednesday, Dec. 26-30 and Friday-Sunday, Jan. 1-3.

The Zoo will close to the public at 4 p.m. each day of Wild Lights. Doors will re-open at 5:30 p.m. for the event. (Exhibit is closed on Dec. 24, 25 and 31.)

Admission prices:
Weekdays (Monday-Thursday):
  • $7 for Zoo members (no passes)
  • $8 for general public
  • Free for children under 2
  • Tickets to Wild Lights will be sold until 8 p.m. each night.
Weekends (Friday-Sunday):
  • $9 for Zoo members (no passes)
  • $10 for general public
  • Free for children under 2
  • Tickets to Wild Lights will be sold until 8 p.m. each night.

Wild Lights tickets can be purchased online at stlzoo.org/wildlights, or at a Zoo Welcome Desk during Zoo hours. Tickets are also available at the door the nights of the event starting at 5:30 p.m. Free parking is

Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo

Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo

available on both Zoo parking lots.

“Wild Lights” simulates an arctic wonderland of twinkling holiday lights and seasonal sounds with more than a half million colorful lights. Here’s what you’ll see:

  • Gingerbread Village
  • Starry Safari
  • Jungle Bell Rock
  • Neon North Pole
  • Swan Lake
  • Fantasy Butterfly Garden
  • Snowfall Flurry Walk
  • Poppin’ Prairie Dogs
  • Numerous trees and plantings ablaze in lights

Wild Lights activities included:

  • Kali the polar bear at McDonnell Polar Bear Point
  • Penguin & Puffin Coast
  • Monsanto Insectarium
  •  Sea Lion Sound tunnel
  • Campfire s’mores (available for purchase) at the Holiday Traditions area sponsored by Laclede Gas
  • Fireside stories: Gather ’round the fire as storytellers like Tundra Tom spin wintry tales about penguins, reindeer and other wildlife. Arctic Annie may share chronicles of Missouri critters. Sponsored by Prairie Farms Dairy.
  • Ice carving demonstrations on Friday and Saturday nights
  • Strolling entertainment and costumed characters on select nights
  • Enter the 102.5 KEZK Blizzard Zone for ornament-making, animal-themed games, photo ops and all kinds of fun.
Rides
  •  Conservation Carousel. ($3/person, weather permitting)
  • COMING SOON: 4-D Theater featuring Polar Express—The 4-D Experience ($5/person)
Sponsors
  • U.S. Bank
  • Eaton
  • Laclede Gas
  • Prairie Farms Dairy
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop® at the Zoo
  • 102.5 KEZK