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St. Louis Christmas Events Family Holiday Bucket List

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‘Tis the season for Christmas magic in the Lou and a family holiday bucket list of fun! There are so many family friendly holiday happenings right here in St. Louis and the surrounding areas. Many are even indoors for when the weather outside is frightful. Read on to see my holiday bucket list of St. Louis Christmas events you do not want to miss!

Missouri Botanical Garden Christmas Tree Holiday Train Show

St. Louis Christmas Events Family Holiday Bucket List

The following family holiday bucket list is set up in well, a bucket list format. Not at all a calendar of events, because I’m not particularly a fan of that type of set up.This way you can pick and choose what fits your schedule. Plus, jump around to your favorites or add a few that aren’t on my list. There’s no rhyme or reason and no particular order, but you will need to pay attention to the ones that are more time sensitive. The rest are just come at go at your leisure or happening on most days. Let’s start with the ones that aren’t around all season though, shall we?

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Bucket List of St. Louis Christmas Activities


Time Sensitive St. Louis Christmas Events

Boathouse Brunch with Santa – The charming Boathouse at Forest Park is the perfect setting to enjoy brunch with Santa on December 14th and 15th from 10am to 2pm. There will also be free activities for the kids and you can purchase professional pictures taken with the man in red.

Purina Farms – It’s a bit of a drive out to Gray Summit, about 30 miles depending on your starting pointing, but well worth it. On both December 14th and 15th there are Christmas activities taking place. Breakfast & Craft Workshop with Santa is from 8:30am to 10am and the Pet-acular Holiday Bazaar is from 10am-3pm.

Nutcracker on Ice – This is actually my daughter’s third year performing in this figure skating show. Be sure to watch out for her on the ice with the other clowns! It’s holiday favorite for the entire family. SThe show is at the Webster Groves Ice Rink on December 14th and 15th with showtimes at 2pm and 5pm on both days. Tickets are available for purchase HERE.

Fox Theatre – The Fabulous Fox Theatre is all decked out for the holiday season. You can take a tour of the historic theatre to see the Christmas decorations (tours are conducted Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at 10:30am) or attend a performance of Wicked while it’s in town from December 4th-29th. Showtimes are at 7:30pm.

PJ’s and Pancakes with Santa – Take a cruise on the Mississippi while having breakfast with Santa on Saturdays from November 23rd to December 14th! Cruise is from 9am-11:30am. There are other fun holiday cruises to choose from so be sure to have a look at the complete schedule HERE.

Christmas in Kimmswick

Powell Hall – The home of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is another venue that’s gorgeous for the holidays. There are a number of holiday concerts happening so be sure to check the schedule HERE.

Faust Park St. Louis Carousel

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas Candlelight Reading – This event takes place at the

St. Charles Main Street


Candlelight Stroll at Thornhill


More St. Louis Family Activities for Family Holiday Bucket List Fun


St. Louis Christmas Events Happening On Most Days

Botanical Garden Glow

Santa’s Magical Kingdom – Head out to Eureka to drive through this magical way of lights.

St. Louis Soda Fountain – You’ll find a festive tree in the candy shop and some delicious milk shakes.

Botanical Garden Victorian Christmas – The Tower Grove House at the Missouri Botanical Garden is decked out for the holidays!

St. Louis Zoo Wild Lights –

Crown Candy Kitchen

Steinberg Skating Rink

Lady of the Snows Way of Lights

Union Station Polar Express

Botanical Garden Holiday Trains

Six Flags Holiday in the Park

Butterfly House Supper with Santa

Brewery Lights

Steinberg Ice Skating

Teddy Bear Christmas Land – This decorated house is a hidden gem. You’ll find it at 9211 Laurel Hill Drive. There’s a radio station to match the music and the owners collect donations each year for a different charity. Our kids love the extra display and wish we would decorate our home like that.

Tilles Park Winter Wonderland

Ted Drewes – Grab some world famous frozen custard and pick out a Christmas tree.

Candy Cane Lane – Check off this bucket list item with your frozen custard! Just two streets over from Ted Drewes you’ll find Murdoch Ave. Every house gets in on the holiday spirit. It’s a definite must see that our family really enjoys.

Eckert’s – On the Illinois side of the river, but one of our favorite places for all the seasons. You can eat in the restaurant and grab some Christmas decor or cut your very own tree. There’s even extra fun with holiday events like breakfast with Santa and Gingerbread House workshops. See all the events HERE.

Brookdale Farm Celebration of Lights

Community Center Ice Skating – There are plenty of community center ice rinks throughout St. Louis that are perfect for holiday fun. Brentwood, Kirkwood, Webster Groves and Kennedy are just a few of our favorites.

St. Louis Wheel – The lights and sounds of the season are taking great heights down at Union Station.

Union Station Fire & Light Show – After taking a ride on the Polar Express or The Wheel, check out the free Fire & Light Show that takes place in the Union Station Lake.


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