Upcoming Local Events: December 15-21, 2022
Check out these local events that are happening in the surrounding areas!
Thursday, December 15th
Candy Cane Lane Holiday Lights Ride- Holiday Lights Trolley
St. Louis, MO – Belleville, IL- Enjoy the holiday lights of the Candy Cane Lane neighborhood, Angel Way, and Snowflake Lane while riding aboard an authentic old-fashioned trolley. The trolley will be decorated, heated, and playing holiday music. Bring a lap blanket on those chilly nights and a warm cup of hot chocolate. Don’t forget your singing voices, we will have the carols playing and love to hear you sing along. Pickup will be from the Shrewsbury pool parking lot at 7407 Sutherland Ave, St. Louis Mo 63119. For tickets, click here.
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM
Santa With Special Guest The Grinch- Serra Honda O’Fallon
O’Fallon, IL – Visit our Winter Wonderland and take your picture with Santa and The Grinch! Then head on over to our Christmas Village for candy, crafts, letters to Santa, and more! If you can, we would love for you to bring a new/unwrapped toy for the Children at Glennon Children’s Hospital or a canned food item for our Food Drive! If not…we understand! This is a NO COST EVENT and welcomed to the public! We want the community to come have fun and leave with a photo that will have lasting memories for a lifetime!
Time: 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Meet The Grinch- Chicken Salad Chick
Edwardsville, IL – Kids Night at Chicken Salad Chick Edwardsville, Meet the Grinch! Join us for pictures with the Grinch, fun surprises, and kids eat for $2.99
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Santa is Coming to Arnold- Jefferson College Arnold
Arnold, MO – Join us for a free community event at the Jefferson College Arnold campus. There will be a variety of FREE activities, including pictures with Santa, Hot Cocoa, Letters to Santa Station and more! All ages and pets are welcome to attend. Donations will also be accepted for the Student Food Pantry, the Vikings’ Vault. Please invite your friends and family members and we ho, ho, hope to see you there!
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday, December 16th
Winterfest- Kiener Plaza
St. Louis, MO – Bring the kids and the whole family out to enjoy this year’s Winterfest, presented by Bank of America and World Wide Technology. Ice skating, s’mores stations and igloos underneath 70,000 twinkling lights in the shadow of the Gateway Arch. For more information, click here.
Time: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Clayton Jones- Venue on Main
Belleville, IL – Stop by this Friday with your friends and enjoy the show performed by Clayton Jones!!
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
After Midnight- Columbia City Saloon
Columbia, IL – Come out this Friday and have a fun night listening to the live show performed by After Midnight
Start Time: 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 17th
Flea Market- Belle Clair Fairgrounds & Expo Center
Belleville, IL – Southern Illinois’ Premier Indoor/Outdoor Market – Over 600 tables and 300-400 vendors selling antiques, collectibles, and merchandise – old and new. Indoor/ Outdoor Year Round. Admission: FREE. Click here to learn more!
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Winter Market 2022 – Gateway Convention Center
St. Louis, MO – Find the perfect last minute gift for that special someone! Come to Gateway Convention Center for this year’s Winter Market! Shop & Stroll 30,000 square feet of one of kind gifts, handmade crafts, boutique items, kid crafts & activities, family fun for everyone!
FREE ADMISSION & FREE PARKING!
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
This event is from December 17th – December 18th
Pictures with Santa- Green Mount Road Harley Davidson
O’Fallon, IL – Ol’ St. Nick is coming to town! He will be at Green Mount Road Harley-Davidson & Motorsports. He will be set up in the customer lounge, ready to hear all of your Christmas wishes! Stop by for your FREE picture with Santa!
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Naughty and Nice Winter Festival- The Grove
St. Louis, MO – The Grove’s first annual Naughty & Nice Winter Festival. Enjoy shopping, entertainment, dining, and drinks. With Naughty & Nice activities throughout the day there is something for everyone. Tickets are $20 or you can donate 5 items from the Little Bits Foundation and Operation Food Search. See list of requested items to donate on main event page. For Elf off the shelf charity bar crawl tickets, click here
Time: 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Ugly Christmas Sweater Party- Corner Grill and Chill
Belleville, IL – Come to your favorite Corner in your ugliest Christmas sweater to celebrate the holiday season with us! New recruits are welcome to attend. Prizes will be awarded, drinks will be served, and we’ll all be rowdy and bright!
Start Time: 7:00 PM
Clark Solo – Pete’s Hard Stop
Smithton, IL- Stop by this Saturday with your friends and enjoy the live acoustic music performed by Clark Solo!!
Time: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sunday, December 18th
Winter Solstice Sunrise Observance – Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
Collinsville, IL – Meet at the Woodhenge reconstruction. Atop a ladder at the center post, Bill Iseminger will discuss the discovery and significance of the ancient calendar. Welcome the rising sun with Bill as he has done four times a year, during each solstice and equinox. Out of respect for Native beliefs, no ceremonies will take place during this event. For more information, call 618-346-5160.
Time: 7:00 AM
Queen of Hearts- Millpond Brewing and Incubator
Millstadt, IL – Come by for the Queen of Hearts drawing benefiting St. James Athletic Association. The drawing will happen at 6:00pm, please arrive early to sign up.
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Lanny and Julie Christmas Sunday Funday- Columbia City Saloon
Columbia, IL – Come hang out with friends or family for a great afternoon with live music.
Time: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Garden Glow- Missouri Botanical Garden
St. Louis, MO- Bring friends and family and enjoy the exciting new displays, treasured family traditions, and nearly two million dazzling lights. The 10th anniversary of Garden Glow is the most spectacular way to experience the holiday season! For tickets, click here.
Time: 4:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Monday, December 19th
Winter Ready and Activity Wrapping Party- Millstadt Library
Millstadt, IL – Kick off the Winter Reading and Activity Program (WRAP) by wrapping presents with others! Love it or hate it, wrapping presents is one of those things on everyone’s Christmas task list. But, anything can be a little more fun with company, so wrap alongside others to kick off the Winter Reading and Activity Program. Bring in your presents that need wrapping, and we can provide paper, scissors, tape, and company. Of course, you’re also welcome to bring in your own wrapping paper if you’d like.
Time: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Christmas “Elf” Workshop – The Secret Gardeners
Edwardsville, IL – It’s our very first ever Christmas Elf Workshop!Calling all elves ages 4-11.
We need your help spreading holiday cheer! Groups of four elves per session will experience flower shop life in this bustling Holiday Season. They will create one holiday greenery project to give to a family member or friend as well as Christmas ornament & cookie decorating! There will also be a special story time during the experience and possibly some surprise friends. Get your group of elves together and message us to book your time slot!!!
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Tuesday, December 20th
Pop Culture Trivia Night – Bennies Pizza Pub
Belleville, IL – We are working with @chilltriviaco to provide a fun night filled with Pop Culture Trivia and prizes. No RSVP needed, no teams required, just show up, sign in and have fun.
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Crafternoon – Millstadt Library
Millstadt, IL – Come craft and learn with us every Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at the Library with Miss Penny! Children of ALL AGES are welcome!
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Knitting and Crochet Night – Millstadt Library
Millstadt, IL – Whether you’re a pro, a beginner or anywhere in-between, come join us for Knitting and Crochet Night! We’ve got a wonderful mix of participants of varying skills and ages and we’ll supply the yarn and needles to get you started! If you’ve been wanting to learn or looking for others to do your handiwork with, then this is for you. Join us on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83056945217 Meeting ID: 830 5694 5217
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Wednesday. December 21st
Coffee Pot- The Truck Stop Columbia
Columbia, IL – Stop by and grab a drink!! We’ll be parked at The Truck Stop in Columbia, IL.
Time: 7:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Birds of Prey – Millstadt Library
Millstadt, IL – Join us for a Special Wild Explorer’s Club for our Winter Reading Program! Learn about Wild Explorers Club, a monthly activity and learning club that emphasizes the outdoors and practical learning AND, get up close with live birds of prey and learn about them with some of the folks from the Wild Bird Sanctuary! Space is limited, click here to reserve your spot! For more information about Wild Explorers Club, click here. For more information about the Wild Bird Sanctuary, click here.
Start Time: 4:00 PM