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‘Tis the season for Holiday Happenings

The 6th annual Manchester Snowman Building Contest runs through Feb. 28, 2021. Manchester businesses and residents can build a custom snowman and enter it to win prizes. Participants should email snowman photos along with their name, address, phone and the date the snowman was built to shardesty@manchestermo.gov.

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A holiday outdoor decorating contest for Manchester residents and businesses runs through Dec. 15. Participants must email the name, phone and the address of the nominated home or business to shardesty@manchestermo.gov. Prizes will be awarded to winners.

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Individuals can drop-off letters to Santa until Friday, Dec. 18 at the Manchester Parks Department. Manchester’s elves will make sure Santa sees the letters and writes back. Send letters and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Santa Claus c/o Manchester Parks Department, 359 Old Meramec Station Road. Manchester, MO 63021. All ages welcome to participate.

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Winter Jewels is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Thursday, Dec. 31 at The Butterfly House, 15193 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield. The Butterfly House will transform into an enchanted land full of knights, dragons, gnomes and, of course, jewel-toned butterflies. Exhibit is included with the cost of admission. On Wednesdays through Fridays, “Books and Butterflies” will offer visitors a themed story time featuring special guest hosts of local heroes, authors, mascots, animal friends and more. For more information, visit butterflyhouse.org/visit/.

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The Holiday Express Miniature Train runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Friday, Jan. 1 at the National Museum of Transportation, 2933 Barrett Station Road in Kirkwood. Take a ride on the C.P. Huntington Miniature Train, fit for all ages. Cost is $5 per person (in addition to museum admission). Weather dependent. Pre-registration required by visiting tnmot.org.

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Letters from Santa runs from Friday, Nov. 20 through Sunday, Dec. 13 at Bluebird Park, 225 Kiefer Creek Road in Ellisville. A mailbox will be set up in front of the Parks and Recreation Administration building for children to mail their letters to Santa. Letters may also be mailed to: SANTA CLAUS 225 Kiefer Creek Road, Ellisville, MO 63021. To receive a personal response, each letter should include the child’s first and last name and a return address. All letters must be dropped off or mailed by Dec. 13.

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Santa’s Magical Kingdom opens on Friday, Nov. 20 and runs nightly from 5:30-10:30 p.m., Sunday-Thursday; and 5:30-11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; including all holidays, through Jan. 10 at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, 5300 Fox Creek Road in Pacific. The drive-thru holiday light display feature animated scenes, special effects and millions of lights. Participants can view Santa safely from their vehicle and drop off letters, enjoy train and wagon rides, and visit Kringle’s General Store. Admission is $25 per vehicle. Admission for wagon and train rides is $14 per person. Cash only. For reservations, call (636) 938-5925; visit SantasMagicalKingdom.com for details.

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The Moolah Shriners hosts their second annual “FEZtival of Trees” at the Family Arena, 2002 Arena Parkway in St. Charles, Nov. 21-28. Over 40 Christmas trees loaded with gifts will be available for bidding on and admiring. Admission is $2 per person, with kids age 12 and younger admitted free. Raffle tickets are $1 each. Winning tickets will be drawn at the close of the FEZtival and winners will be notified.

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Cookies with Santa is from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5 at the St. Louis Carousel at Faust Park, 15189 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield. Children can visit with Santa and have a photo opportunity. Event also features hot chocolate, cookies, festive crafts, balloon twisting, face painting, a petting zoo and more. Cost is $25 per child. To register, visit chesterfieldmochamber.com/events.

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Christmas Traditions recurs weekly from 6-9 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays; noon-9 p.m., Saturdays; and noon-5 p.m., Sundays from Friday, Nov. 27 through Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 230 S. Main Street in Historic Saint Charles. Stroll Historic Main Street while experiencing costumed characters, live music, holiday-themed activities and local shopping opportunities. Family-friendly event. For more information, visit discoverstcharles.com.

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The Macy’s/Famous Barr Holiday Train Exhibit will be on display from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Jan. 3 in the National Museum of Transportation, 2933 Barrett Station Road in Kirkwood. View classic department store train displays. Exhibit included in the cost of admission. Advanced registration required. To register, visit tnmot.org.

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The Magic House’s new Holiday Magic event runs from Dec. 1-31 at 516 S. Kirkwood Road in Kirkwood. Families will enjoy expanded hours plus festive decorations, added outdoor experiences, and the opportunity to visit with Santa in his sleigh. Event also includes a life-size Gingerbread Village, a Snowball Carnival, and Magical Nights light display and story time with Mrs. Claus. Magical Nights will take place from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday evenings in December. Reservations are required for all visits; each visit with Santa reservation also includes admission to the outdoor Gingerbread Village experience. Learn more at magichouse.org/HolidayMagic.

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Candy Cane Hunt is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex, 17925 North Outer 40 Road in Chesterfield. Each age group will have their own areas for their hunt and different hunt times. There will be a special guest appearance, holiday craft and free hot cocoa provided. Ages 2-12. Registration ends Dec. 4; cost is $12 per person. To register, visit chesterfield.mo.us/candycane-hunt.html. All participants and spectators are required to wear face coverings.

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A holiday favorite, The Nutcracker on Ice will be virtual this year on Dec. 12. Featuring skaters from across the St. Louis region and even Illinois, streaming of the show is being offered for a modest ticket price. For tickets, visit nutcrackeronice.org.

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A virtual Christmas Candlelight Concert by the Bach Society is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23. Hailed as one of the top 20 live Christmas events in North America by BBC Music Magazine, the event is an immersive virtual concert with the opportunity for community involvement. Admission is $15 per device. Tickets are available with packages ranging between $75-$150. To purchase tickets, visit bachsociety.org/christmas.

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Photos with Santa is from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5 at Town Square, 13360 Clayton Road in Town & Country. All ages welcome. Registration is $20 for a family of six. Bring a personal camera for photos and letters to Santa, who will have a mailbox for children to mail their letters. Masks and social distancing will be required. There will be donation boxes for kids toys and pet donations on-site. All items will be donated locally. Registration required. Contact Town & Country Parks & Recreation for additional details or register by emailing parks@town-and-country.org.

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The Christmas Experience: A Drive Through Light, Joy & Hope is from 6:30-9:30 p.m. from Dec. 11-16 and Dec. 18-20 at Pathfinder Church, 15800 Manchester Road in Ellisville. A drive-thru Christmas experience featuring lights synchronized to music, Christmas themes inflatables, carolers, a live expression of the nativity and more. The event is free and open to the public.

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Breakfast with Santa takes place from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12 at Paul A. Schroeder Park, 359 Old Meramec Station Road in Manchester. Come for photos with Santa and take home a fresh cinnamon roll for breakfast and a craft to-go. Additional cinnamon rolls may be purchased for a fee. Kids should bring wish lists; parents should bring cameras. One person per family must pre-register, as space is limited. Masks are required for anyone ages 5 and older. Cost per resident family (up to six people) is $25; $30 for non-residents. To register, visit manchestermo.gov/630/Breakfast-with-Santa.

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Supper with Santa is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays on Dec.12-13 and Dec. 19-20 at The Butterfly House, 15193 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield. The event has been modified to include outdoor seating for dinner on the heated Lakeside Terrace. Families will have private story time and photos with Santa while maintaining proper social distance. Crafts and activities will also take place. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit butterflyhouse.org.

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A drive-through Photo with Santa opportunity is from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 19 at St. John United Church of Christ, Manchester, 332 Old Sulpher Springs Road. Free photos; donations appreciated. Sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 310. Masks and social distancing maintained.

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