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Holiday Happenings & Santa Sightings

By: Ellen Lampe


Holiday Happenings

Garden Glow is from 5-10 p.m. now through Jan. 1 at the Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd. in St. Louis. The expanded event features more than 1 million lights, photo opportunities, food, drinks and music. Santa will visit Garden Glow on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights  through Dec.14. Visit mobot.org/glow for more information and to purchase tickets.

Wreaths Across America Day is from 5 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16 at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, 2900 Sheridan Road in St. Louis. The event is free and open to the public. For more information on how to sponsor wreaths or volunteer for Wreaths Across America Day, visit wreathsacrossamerica.org and click on the red “Donate” or “Volunteer” buttons, or call (877) 385-9504.

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.

The Downtown Kirkwood Winter Fireworks Festival is on Saturday, Dec. 30 at Kirkwood City Hall, 139 S. Kirkwood Road. Night Shade DJ will play music at Kirkwood Station Plaza at 5 p.m. Merchants will have sales and specials. Enjoy dinner at one of the many local restaurants. For more information, visit downtownkirkwood.com or contact Downtown Kirkwood SBD at (314) 822-0084.

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.

The Knights of Columbus of St. Joseph Parish in Manchester host Rock’n the New Year at 8:30 p.m. [doors open at 7:30 p.m.] on Sunday, Dec. 31 at the Parish Center, 567 St. Joseph Lane in Manchester. The music of the Backstreet Cruisers is featured. The cost is $35 a person [21 and older only] and includes beer, wine, soda, light snacks, champagne at midnight, a photo booth, and more. Bring appetizers and treats to share at your table, but please leave your liquor at home. To reserve seats or a full table of eight, visit stjoemanchester.org or call Jim Schuessler (636) 527-1934.

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. 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 now through Sunday, Dec. 24. 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.

Supper with Santa is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday-Sunday, Dec. 15-17 at The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in Faust Park, 15193 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield. Enjoy a pasta dinner and take night strolls through the tropical Conservatory. Santa’s workshop stations will offer children the chance to make fun crafts, including keepsake ornaments, and act silly in the photo booth. After dinner, visit Mrs. Claus’s Cookie Kitchen for cookies and hot cocoa. For more information or to register, visit missouribotanicalgarden.org.

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