We’re headed into the holiday season and I might just be more excited than my children. There are still tons of fun activities to enjoy in the St. Louis area in November. Despite the chill of the Midwest, many of these activities can be enjoyed with a few extra layers of clothing. Bundle up and enjoy some time with family this holiday season.
Here’s a list of family friendly activities for you to enjoy this month.
Six Flags Holiday in the Park – Six Flags St. Louis is hosting Holiday in the Park this year. This event will be held November 25th – January 1st. The park will be transformed into a winter wonderland with colorful lights, decorations, and performers. Six Flags St. Louis usually ends its season after Fright Fest but not this year. This will be fun for all!
St. Louis International Film Festival – This one isn’t quite holiday related but something fun to enjoy. This event runs November 3rd through November 13th. This is an opportunity for St. Louis filmgoers to view the finest in world cinema — international films, documentaries, American indies, and shorts that can only be seen on the big screen at the festival. They’ll also have their usual array of festival buzz films and Oscar contenders, including “Elle,” “Jackie,” “Lion,” “Manchester by the Sea,” “A Quiet Passion,” “The Red Turtle,” and “Toni Erdmann.”
Festival of Lights – Union Station – The Ameren Missouri Festival of Lights will kick off the holiday season on Saturday November 19th with entertainment, lighting of the Salvation Army Tree of Lights and a festive fireworks finale. Bundle up and enjoy!
Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show – This event takes place at the Missouri Botanical Gardens November 19th through January 1st. The annual Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show delights visitors of all ages with G-scale trains of many eras traveling along 900 feet of track through a miniature holiday landscape. It’s made up of festive decorations and thousands of fresh plants, accented by beautiful poinsettias and flowers.
Thanksgiving Day Parade – Celebrating its 32nd year, the 2016 Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade will begin at 8:45 am on Thursday, November 24. The parade start at 7th and Market St. in Downtown St. Louis.
St. Louis Zoo Wild Lights – St. Louis Zoo Wild Lights will run from November 25th through December 30th this year. Stroll through the Saint Louis Zoo’s enchanting holiday wonderland and enjoy 500,000 twinkling lights, illuminated animal displays, seasonal sounds and all kinds of festive fun. There may be a few animals there too…lol. Have fun!!!
Anheuser Busch Brewery Lights – Anheuser-Busch invites you to celebrate the season at the brewery. The event runs every Thursday through Sunday, November 17th through January 1, 2017 from 5pm – 10pm. Experience the wonder of the Budweiser Clydesdales, s’mores roasting on an open fire, thousands of twinkling lights and one monumental display of holiday spirit.
Santa Express Train Ride – Union Station – The Santa Express Train Ride featuring ’Twas the Night Before Christmas” headlines the 2016 Holidays at St. Louis Union Station. Spectacular decor, North Pole Village activities, ice skating and a new fire & light show offer family fun all season long. The Santa Express Train Ride is the centerpiece of this expanded holiday event. Real trains pull out of St. Louis Union Station — the 1894 National Historic Landmark terminal — beginning November 18 and continuing through December 30, 2016. Trains will leave the station at 4:45, 6:15, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.
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Six Flags Holiday in the Park image courtesy of Theme Park Insider
Festival of Lights image courtesy of Explore St. Louis
St. Louis Zoo Wild Lights image courtesy of Saint Louis Zoo