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Holiday Happenings & Santa Sightings

By: Ellen Lampe

Holiday Happenings

The Chesterfield Turkey Trot is on Thursday, Nov. 23 at Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631 Veterans Place Drive. The 5K Run/Walk for all ages begins at 8:30 a.m., and the 1K Kids Fun Run for ages 9 and under begins at 9:30 a.m. For more information or to register, visit brrm.com/ctt2017.

The Town & Country Turkey Trot family run/walk is on Friday, Nov. 24 at Longview Farm Park, 13525 Clayton Road. The 5K begins at 9 a.m.; the half-mile fun run/walk begins at 10 a.m. All participants will receive a free T-shirt. Refreshments will be served. $25 for adults; $10 for children. Visit town-and-country.org to register.

St. John Church presents Sounds of Christmas on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Enjoy a dynamic Christmas production of music, dance and art fused together. Tickets are $6. Visit stjstl.net/sounds for tickets.

Snow Globes is from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at Eureka Hills Library, 156 Eureka Towne Center. Kids ages 10-14 can make snow globes for themselves or to give away as a gift. Registration required. For more information, visit slcl.org.

The Bethel United Methodist Church Annual Cookie Walk and Craft Boutique is from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 17500 Manchester Road in Wildwood. Homemade cookies, candy and sugar-free items available for purchase. An array of handmade gifts will be offered by the Bethel Crafters in their Holiday Home Décor Boutique. Chili and hot dogs available for lunch. For more information, call (636) 458-2255.

Nutcracker performance will be at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3 at the YMCA Chesterfield Theater, 16464 Burkhardt Place. The one-hour performance is a family-friendly production, great for small children and Girl Scout troops. For tickets [$9], call (636) 537-3203.

“The Forgotten Carols,” a concert to benefit Homelessness in STL and the Clayton Community Theatre is at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 6-9 at the Washington University South Campus Theater, 6501 Clayton Road in St. Louis. The Rising Generation Choir pre-show begins at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Tickets are available online at placeseveryone.org.

St. Louis Family Church’s “Peace on Earth, Goodwill Toward Men” presentations are on Dec. 6, 7, 9 and 10 at 7 p.m., with the addition of a 3 p.m. matinee on Dec. 9. The church is located at 17458 Chesterfield Airport Road in Chesterfield. Admission is free and childcare is available for children ages 4 and under. Visit slfc.org or call (636) 532-3446 for more information.

Holiday Bingo is from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7 at Chesterfield Family YMCA, 16464 Burkhardt Place. Celebrate the holiday season with some friendly competition. To reserve a seat, call (636) 532-3100.

The Old Trails Historical Society’s annual Christmas Traditions Cookie Sale and Gingerbread House & Ye Olde Candy Shoppe is from 9 a.m.- noon on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the historic Bacon Log Cabin, 687 Henry Ave. in Ballwin. Homemade cookies, candy, jams, jellies, stocking-stuffers and holiday gifts are featured. Proceeds support the maintenance and preservation of the historic Bacon Log Cabin.

Living Word Church presents “The Light of Christmas” concert at 4 and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 17315 Manchester Road in Wildwood. Enjoy youth and adult music ensembles. Childcare provided for ages 3 and under. For more information, visit livingwordumc.org.

Candlelight Dinner is from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17 at Chesterfield Family YMCA, 16464 Burkhardt Place. Fanfare will perform the best in Motown, jazz and big band music, beginning at 7 p.m. To register, visit chesterfield.mo.us/candlelight-dinner.html.

Family New Year’s Eve is from 5-8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31 at The Timbers of Eureka, 1 Coffey Park Lane in Eureka. Ring in the new year with a fun-filled night. Enjoy fun, games, food and more. For more information, visit eureka.mo.us.


Santa Sightings


Santa’s Magical Kingdom is open nightly from 5:30-10:30 p.m., including all holidays, now through Jan. 7 at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Eureka. A drive-through holiday light display featuring animated scenes, special effects and more than four million lights. Photos with Santa, train and wagon rides, Kringle’s General Store and the Stack Santa’s Sack toy drive, sponsored by West Newsmagazine, add to the holiday fun. Toys will be donated to the Salvation Army. Admission is $22 per car, truck or van; $30 for larger vehicles. Admission for wagon and train rides is $13 per person and includes admission to the kingdom; reservations are encouraged. For reservations, call (636) 938-5925; visit SantasMagicalKingdom.com for details.

Photos with Santa at West County Center in Des Peres is now through Sunday, Dec. 24. Santa can be found on Level 1 near Macy’s. Pets are invited to visit Santa from 6-9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 27. All pets must be well-behaved, people-friendly and on a leash or in a carrier. Santa’s hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sundays.  Santa takes a break to feed the reindeer from 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 3-4 p.m. on Sundays.

Santa and his elves bring North Pole magic to Saint Charles’ Historic Main Street as part of the annual St. Charles Christmas Traditions festival from Nov. 24-Dec. 24. Visitors can step inside the beautiful historic Katy Depot in Frontier Park and find themselves magically transported to Santa’s Cottage and Train Land. Stop in to have your photo taken with Santa, visit with his elves and explore the magic of Santa’s Train Land courtesy of the Frenchtown Heritage Museum.

Eureka’s Pizza with Santa is from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30 and Friday, Dec. 1; and from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Wm. F. “Bud” Weber Community Center, 333 Bald Hill Road. Kids can enjoy pizza with Santa, create some fabulous holiday crafts and sit on Santa’s lap. Bring a camera. This event is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item per person, but space is limited and registration is required. Registration must be completed at The Timbers of Eureka, 1 Coffey Park Lane.

Cookies with Claus is from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Dec. 2 at The Lodge Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Road. Santa will accept wish lists and smile for pictures. Bring a camera. All children will receive a special holiday cookie while they last. This event is free and registration is not required. For more information, visit desperesmo.org.

Claus with Paws is from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2 at The Lodge Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Road. Bring your well-behaved pet for a picture with Santa. This event is free and registration is not required. Bring a camera. Pets must be kept on a leash. For more information, visit desperesmo.org.

Supper with Santa is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 through Sunday, Dec. 10 and Friday, Dec. 15 through Sunday, Dec. 17 at The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in Faust Park, 15193 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield. Enjoy a pasta dinner,  take night strolls through the tropical conservatory and make holiday crafts, including keepsake ornaments. After dinner, kids can visit Mrs. Claus’ Cookie Kitchen for dessert. Cost is $20 per person with a $5 discount for Garden members. Space is limited. Register by calling (314) 577-0888 or visiting missouribotanicalgarden.org.

Ballwin’s Breakfast with Santa is from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Ballwin Golf Course, 333 Holloway Road in Ballwin. Enjoy donuts, fresh fruit, crafts, cookie decorating and pictures with Santa. Pre-registration for all family members is required. Bring a camera. Cost is $8-$10. Register online at ballwin.mo.us or by calling (636) 227-8950.

Chesterfield Family YMCA’s Breakfast with Santa begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 16464 Burkhardt Place. Families can enjoy a hot breakfast, a holiday craft and time to share Christmas wishes with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Bring your camera. Cost is $8 for ages 13 and up, $5 for ages 2-12, and infants attend for free. Call (636) 532-3100 or visit gwrymca.org/chestefield for more information.

Ellisville’s Breakfast with Santa is from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Bluebird Park Administration Building, 225 Kiefer Creek Road in Ellisville. Kids are invited to breakfast, crafts, music and pictures with Santa. Cost is $5 per person. Register by calling (636) 227-7508 or online at ellisville.mo.us.

A Donuts with Santa event is from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Wildwood Family YMCA, 2641 Hwy. 109. For details, visit gwrymca.org.

A Holiday Walk is from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18 at the Kirkwood Train Station, 110 W. Argonne in Kirkwood. There will be activities for children, holiday shopping, free entertainment and refreshments. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by train to pose for photos. For more information, visit downtownkirkwood.com.

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