The holiday season is a great time to enjoy family-friendly fun with loved ones. Take the family to some of the terrific seasonal events in St. Louis in 2017.
Winterfest at the Arch
Nov. 18-Jan. 1 (Thurs.-Sun.), Open all week Dec. 24-Jan. 1@ 2 p.m.
Kiener Plaza, 500 Chestnut St., St. Louis, MO 63102
The family will have fun at the ice-skating rink at Kiener Plaza, which is part of the renovations nearing completion at the Gateway Arch park. Ice skating at the Winterfest Rink will be free. Guests will be able to bring their own skates or rent skates on the premises. Skate rentals will be available for $5-$12.
Anheuser Busch Brewery Lights & Ice Rink
Nov. 16-Dec. 30 @ 5 p.m. (Thurs.-Sun.)
Anheuser Busch, 1200 Lynch St., South St. Louis, MO 63118
Take a free self-guided walking tour of Pestalozzi Street and the Historic Anheuser-Busch Brewery and enjoy the holiday lights and decorations. The tours will be family-friendly and open to guests of all ages. Beer sampling will for adult guests 21 and over. Snacks, smores, and refreshment will be available for purchase. The family will enjoy skating at the Bud Light Ice Rink, under the glow of the iconic “Budweiser” sign. Skate rentals will be available for a small donation to a local non-profit.
Ice Skating at Steinberg Skating Rink
Nov. 10-March 1 @ 10 a.m.
Steinberg Skating Rink, 400 Jefferson Dr., St. Louis, MO 63110
The entire family will have fun ice skating at the largest outdoor skating rink in the Midwest. The rink of natural ice will be open all day and there is no limit on how long you can skate, Snowflake Café will offer refreshments, sandwiches, and snacks for sale during hours of operations. Admission for ice skating is $7. Skate rental is $6, and they offer hockey and figure skate for size toddler through adult size 15.
Polar Express Train from Union Station
Nov. 24- Dec. 30 @ Various Times
St. Louis Union Station, 1820 Market St., St. Louis, MO 63103
The Polar Express is a real train ride that departs from the St. Louis Union Station for a magical journey to the North Pole. The ride is set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack recreating the scene of the popular holiday movie. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served to passengers and they read along to the classic children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. Check the website for ticket information. Tickets start at $35 and many dates have sold out.
E. Desmond Lee Holiday Train Display
Dec. 6-29 (Select Dates) @ Various Times.
The National Museum of Transportation, 2933 Barrett Station Rd., St. Louis, MO 63122
The miniature holiday train display will be open on select dates through the holidays. The display will also include the former Downtown St. Louis Barr/Macy’s window display. Santa Claus and his reindeer will also visit the museum of specific days, so check the calendar and make plans to visit the museum. Admission is $5-$8.
Christmas Candlelight Tour at the Historic Daniel Boone Home
Dec. 1-2 & 8-9 @ 5:30 p.m.
Daniel Boone Home, 1868 Highway F., Defiance, MO 63341
The Christmas Candlelight Tour at the Daniel Boone Home is an annual event that allowed visitors a chance to step back into the 19th century and witness Christmas as it was celebrated in the past. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Advance registration is recommended because space is limited.
Christmas Traditions Festival
Nov. 24-Dec. 24 @ Various Times
Historic St. Charles, 230 Main St. Charles, MO 63301
Take the family to the family-friendly festival celebrating the traditions of Christmas from around the world. Actors will portray popular Christmas characters, including Christmas Carolers, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Father Christmas, Ebenezer Scrooge, and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Enjoy the quaint shops and restaurants in the historic buildings in St. Charles. Admission is free.