Looking for something to do this week? Check out some of the locals events going on!

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2018

Arts & Crafts Fair

Belleville, IL – View nearly 500 holiday craft and variety booths under one roof.

Christkindlmarkt

Belleville, IL – A unique outdoor shopping experience in the tradition of authentic German Christmas Markets. Featuring vendors from around the world–Germany, Russia, Poland, Ireland, Egypt, Kenya, Nepal; many other unique craftsmen from around the Country. Located in Beautiful downtown Belleville, Illinois around the Public Square (IL 15 and East Main).

Concert: Dogs of Society – Elton John Rock Tribute

Belleville, IL – Christkindlmarkt opening day concert from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Horse Drawn Trolley Rides

Belleville, IL – Take a Free ride through downtown Belleville aboard a 26-passenger horse-drawn trolley. Enjoy seeing Belleville’s historic Public Square and Shopping & Dining District from a unique point of view. Starts/Stops at 1st block of E. Main near Public Square, 618-233-6769.

Visit Santa at St. Clair Square

Fairview Heights, IL – Santa will hold court every day through Christmas Eve. Children can pose for photos or just visit and give him their wish lists.

Visit Santa on the Square

Belleville, IL – Sponsored by the Optimist Club of Belleville, Santa’s House (circa 1963) on the Public Square is a perfect location for Santa and Mrs. Claus for the holidays.

Lighted Parade

Millstadt, IL – Bundle up and help us celebrate the start of the Christmas Season! The parade starts at Frontier Park (behind Subway) with the lighting of the Village Christmas Tree at 7:00 p.m., then ends at the VFW for fun family activities until 10:00 p.m.

Aladdin at the Fabulous Fox Theatre

St. Louis, MO – Discover a whole new world at Disney’s ALADDIN, the hit Broadway musical.

Brewery Lights at Anheuser-Busch Brewery

St. Louis, MO – Guests can enjoy more than a million twinkling lights, special beer, food and entertainment this holiday season.

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2018

Small Business Saturday

Columbia, Waterloo, and surrounding areas – Shop local for specialized service. Many stores offer free gift wrapping!

Aladdin at the Fabulous Fox Theatre

St. Louis, MO – Discover a whole new world at Disney’s ALADDIN, the hit Broadway musical.

Arts & Crafts Fair

Belleville, IL – View nearly 500 holiday craft and variety booths under one roof.

Brewery Lights at Anheuser-Busch Brewery

St. Louis, MO – Guests can enjoy more than a million twinkling lights, special beer, food and entertainment this holiday season.

Christkindlmarkt

Belleville, IL – A unique outdoor shopping experience in the tradition of authentic German Christmas Markets. Featuring vendors from around the world–Germany, Russia, Poland, Ireland, Egypt, Kenya, Nepal; many other unique craftsmen from around the Country. Located in Beautiful downtown Belleville, Illinois around the Public Square (IL 15 and East Main).

Christmas on the Square & Christmas Walk

Waterloo, IL – Local merchants will feature great holiday shopping with discounts and prizes, visit with Santa, free carriage rides, a live Christmas concert, a cookie walk, decorated lamp post contest, and more! Get in the holiday spirit in the quaint, historic Downtown Waterloo.

GLOW Lighted Holiday Parade

Waterloo, IL – Come and see the beautiful, lighted floats. Bring your family, friends, blankets and chairs. Fun for all ages!

Horse Drawn Trolley Rides

Belleville, IL – Take a Free ride through downtown Belleville aboard a 26-passenger horse-drawn trolley. Enjoy seeing Belleville’s historic Public Square and Shopping & Dining District from a unique point of view. Starts/Stops at 1st block of E. Main near Public Square, 618-233-6769.

Live Reindeer on the Square

Belleville, IL – Live Reindeer on Belleville Public Square! Gather your family and friends and take free pictures with these adorable reindeer or in an antique sleigh.

Lighted Parade

Sparta, IL – Sparta’s annual Lighted Christmas Parade begins at 6 pm and starts at the Sparta High School and runs through the downtown area. Immediately following the Parade there will be free chili and entertainment at the Sparta VFW at 1911 North Market Street and kids will be able to visit with Santa. At 8 pm there will be a fireworks show.

Visit Santa at St. Clair Square

Fairview Heights, IL – Santa will hold court every day through Christmas Eve. Children can pose for photos or just visit and give him their wish lists.

Visit Santa on the Square

Belleville, IL – Sponsored by the Optimist Club of Belleville, Santa’s House (circa 1963) on the Public Square is a perfect location for Santa and Mrs. Claus for the holidays.

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2018

Aladdin at the Fabulous Fox Theatre

St. Louis, MO – Discover a whole new world at Disney’s ALADDIN, the hit Broadway musical.

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Smithton, IL – We hope to see everyone at The Annual Lighting of the Village Christmas Tree! Cookies, hot chocolate and coffee available. Santa will arrive on a Fire Truck!

Arts & Crafts Fair

Belleville, IL – View nearly 500 holiday craft and variety booths under one roof.

Brewery Lights at Anheuser-Busch Brewery

St. Louis, MO – Guests can enjoy more than a million twinkling lights, special beer, food and entertainment this holiday season.

Christkindlmarkt

Belleville, IL – A unique outdoor shopping experience in the tradition of authentic German Christmas Markets. Featuring vendors from around the world–Germany, Russia, Poland, Ireland, Egypt, Kenya, Nepal; many other unique craftsmen from around the Country. Located in Beautiful downtown Belleville, Illinois around the Public Square (IL 15 and East Main).

Horse Drawn Trolley Rides

Belleville, IL – Take a Free ride through downtown Belleville aboard a 26-passenger horse-drawn trolley. Enjoy seeing Belleville’s historic Public Square and Shopping & Dining District from a unique point of view. Starts/Stops at 1st block of E. Main near Public Square, 618-233-6769.

Visit Santa at St. Clair Square

Fairview Heights, IL – Santa will hold court every day through Christmas Eve. Children can pose for photos or just visit and give him their wish lists.

Visit Santa on the Square

Belleville, IL – Sponsored by the Optimist Club of Belleville, Santa’s House (circa 1963) on the Public Square is a perfect location for Santa and Mrs. Claus for the holidays.

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2018

Christkindlmarkt

Belleville, IL – A unique outdoor shopping experience in the tradition of authentic German Christmas Markets. Featuring vendors from around the world–Germany, Russia, Poland, Ireland, Egypt, Kenya, Nepal; many other unique craftsmen from around the Country. Located in Beautiful downtown Belleville, Illinois around the Public Square (IL 15 and East Main).

Brewery Lights at Anheuser-Busch Brewery

St. Louis, MO – Guests can enjoy more than a million twinkling lights, special beer, food and entertainment this holiday season.

Polar Express Train Ride at Union Station

St. Louis, MO – Here is a very special chance for you and the entire family to experience the magic of The Polar Express, the classic children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ comes to life on a journey  to the enchanted beauty of “the North Pole”—where Santa Claus and his reindeer are waiting with a keepsake present for every good boy and girl.

Visit Santa at St. Clair Square

Fairview Heights, IL – Santa will hold court every day through Christmas Eve. Children can pose for photos or just visit and give him their wish lists.

Visit Santa on the Square

Belleville, IL – Sponsored by the Optimist Club of Belleville, Santa’s House (circa 1963) on the Public Square is a perfect location for Santa and Mrs. Claus for the holidays.

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2018

Christkindlmarkt

Belleville, IL – A unique outdoor shopping experience in the tradition of authentic German Christmas Markets. Featuring vendors from around the world–Germany, Russia, Poland, Ireland, Egypt, Kenya, Nepal; many other unique craftsmen from around the Country. Located in Beautiful downtown Belleville, Illinois around the Public Square (IL 15 and East Main).

Brewery Lights at Anheuser-Busch Brewery

St. Louis, MO – Guests can enjoy more than a million twinkling lights, special beer, food and entertainment this holiday season.

Forever Forest at The Magic House

St. Louis, MO – Adventure awaits at Forever Forest, a nationally traveling exhibit that explores how we use the forest to live, work and play in harmony. Kids can help construct a mini home by adding wood siding, flooring and more; explore a tree-top climber and climb aboard a realistic kid-sized replica of a Union Pacific train engine. By exploring the realities of forests through play, families will learn about sustainability, selective harvesting, transportation needs and the everyday products we use made from trees.

Visit Santa at St. Clair Square

Fairview Heights, IL – Santa will hold court every day through Christmas Eve. Children can pose for photos or just visit and give him their wish lists.

Visit Santa on the Square

Belleville, IL – Sponsored by the Optimist Club of Belleville, Santa’s House (circa 1963) on the Public Square is a perfect location for Santa and Mrs. Claus for the holidays.

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2018

Christkindlmarkt

Belleville, IL – A unique outdoor shopping experience in the tradition of authentic German Christmas Markets. Featuring vendors from around the world–Germany, Russia, Poland, Ireland, Egypt, Kenya, Nepal; many other unique craftsmen from around the Country. Located in Beautiful downtown Belleville, Illinois around the Public Square (IL 15 and East Main).

Brewery Lights at Anheuser-Busch Brewery

St. Louis, MO – Guests can enjoy more than a million twinkling lights, special beer, food and entertainment this holiday season.

Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden

St. Louis, MO – Celebrate the season with over one million dazzling lights, fun new experiences and traditional favorites! Enjoy s’mores, festive drinks, and great photo opportunities that will delight crowds of all ages.Garden Glow tickets now include admission to the Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show.

Visit Santa at St. Clair Square

Fairview Heights, IL – Santa will hold court every day through Christmas Eve. Children can pose for photos or just visit and give him their wish lists.

Visit Santa on the Square

Belleville, IL – Sponsored by the Optimist Club of Belleville, Santa’s House (circa 1963) on the Public Square is a perfect location for Santa and Mrs. Claus for the holidays.

Winterfest Ice Rink at The Arch

St. Louis, MO – Experience an ice skating rink like no other! Grab your skates and enjoy this outdoor rink in the heart of Kiener Plaza. In the shadow of the Gateway Arch or under its new lights, the Winterfest Ice Rink is a great winter destination with regular hours and special events November 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019! Enjoy the rink, sip hot chocolate in the renovated park, or explore the playground.

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2018

Christkindlmarkt

Belleville, IL – A unique outdoor shopping experience in the tradition of authentic German Christmas Markets. Featuring vendors from around the world–Germany, Russia, Poland, Ireland, Egypt, Kenya, Nepal; many other unique craftsmen from around the Country. Located in Beautiful downtown Belleville, Illinois around the Public Square (IL 15 and East Main).

Brewery Lights at Anheuser-Busch Brewery

St. Louis, MO – Guests can enjoy more than a million twinkling lights, special beer, food and entertainment this holiday season.

Visit Santa at St. Clair Square

Fairview Heights, IL – Santa will hold court every day through Christmas Eve. Children can pose for photos or just visit and give him their wish lists.

Visit Santa on the Square

Belleville, IL – Sponsored by the Optimist Club of Belleville, Santa’s House (circa 1963) on the Public Square is a perfect location for Santa and Mrs. Claus for the holidays.

Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo

St. Louis, MO – Stroll through the Saint Louis Zoo’s enchanting holiday wonderland with over 1 million twinkling lights and whimsical animal-themed displays! Warm up with the animals at Penguin & Puffin Coast and the Monsanto Insectarium. Ride the Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel and watch “The Polar Express 4D Experience” at the 4D Theater. There’ll be crafts and activities for kids, animal costumed characters and great photo opportunities. On weekend nights, enjoy holiday carolers and strolling live performances. Festive food and special holiday beverages will be available for purchase. Do some holiday shopping at the gift shops.

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2018

Christkindlmarkt

Belleville, IL – A unique outdoor shopping experience in the tradition of authentic German Christmas Markets. Featuring vendors from around the world–Germany, Russia, Poland, Ireland, Egypt, Kenya, Nepal; many other unique craftsmen from around the Country. Located in Beautiful downtown Belleville, Illinois around the Public Square (IL 15 and East Main).

A Christmas Story at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – Ralphie Parker’s quest to get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas returns to The Rep in all its heartwarming and hilarious glory. Filled with delightful holiday vignettes and endlessly quotable lines (“You’ll shoot your eye out!”), this play is the perfect gift for the whole family to enjoy. See the classic movie brought to life on stage!

Brewery Lights at Anheuser-Busch Brewery

St. Louis, MO – Guests can enjoy more than a million twinkling lights, special beer, food and entertainment this holiday season.

Santa’s Magical Kingdom

Eureka, MO – Santa’s Magical Kingdom is bigger and better than ever with the addition of a NEW 1/2 mile section of road filled with new scenes, custom lighting animation, and nearly a million more lights than ever before! Plus, a new 250′ tunnel of lights featuring snowflakes in motion has been added making Santa’s Magical Kingdom the only light display in the nation to offer three tunnels of lights! Drive through the Midwest’s most spectacular holiday light display filled with animated scenes, dazzling special effects, and millions of shimmering lights.

Visit Santa at St. Clair Square

Fairview Heights, IL – Santa will hold court every day through Christmas Eve. Children can pose for photos or just visit and give him their wish lists.

Visit Santa on the Square

Belleville, IL – Sponsored by the Optimist Club of Belleville, Santa’s House (circa 1963) on the Public Square is a perfect location for Santa and Mrs. Claus for the holidays.

 

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