Happy Holidays, St. Louis!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year –
There are ice skates for renting,
And holiday concerts for attending,
And many activities full of cheer!
This Saturday, December 2, lace up your skates and head to Winterfest at the Arch to watch the St. Louis Blues take on the Minnesota Wild on large outdoor screens in Kiener Plaza, courtesy of Fox Sports Midwest. And be sure to bring a new, unwrapped toy for donation as part of the St. Louis Blues Toy Drive, benefiting Fire Truck O’Toys. The game starts at 5 p.m.
Note: The Winterfest at the Arch ice skating rink is open Thursdays-Sundays, from 2-9 p.m. The rink is open daily from Dec. 21-Jan. 1. The rink is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on December 25, and 12-7 p.m. on New Year’s Day. Entry to the rink is free, and you can bring your own approved skates or rent a pair at the rink ($12/adults; $7/kids 10 and under).
Oh the weather outside is frightful,
But the Old Courthouse Rotunda is delightful!
Join the National Park Service this holiday season as it hosts FREE live holiday concerts in the Old Courthouse Rotunda:
- Wednesday, December 6, noon: Second Nature Horns (4-piece jazz group)
- Wednesday, December 13, noon: Mehlville High School Madrigal Ensemble (vocal performance)
- Wednesday, December 20, noon: Liberty Clarinet Quartet of the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America at Scott Air Force Base
Holiday hours at the Arch and Old Courthouse: The Gateway Arch Visitor Center and the Old Courthouse will close at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve, December 24, and are closed on Christmas Day, December 25. On Tuesday, December 26 the Old Courthouse will open at 8 a.m. and the Arch will open at 9 a.m. Both the Arch and Old Courthouse are closed New Year’s Day.
Meet the famous Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales, ice skate on the Bud Light Ice Rink, roast s’mores in a private fire pit, and sample your favorite beers at Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights. While only guests 21+ will receive beer sampling vouchers, there’s something the whole family to enjoy! The lights will stay bright every Thursday-Sunday from 5-10p.m. until December 30th.
Celebrate the holiday season with over one million dazzling lights at the Missouri Botanical Garden during its annual Garden Glow. Open through January 1, the Missouri Botanical Garden transforms into a winter wonderland with festive snacks and drinks, photo opportunities, and much more. Open daily from 5 – 10 p.m.
Celebrate the end of the holiday season as St. Louisans did in 1768 with the Twelfth Afternoon Ball on Saturday, January 6 at the Old Courthouse. From 12-4 p.m., guests can enjoy 18th-century music, food and dancing, and watch as the King and Queen of Mardi Gras are crowned.