Check out these local events that are happening in the surrounding areas!
Thursday, December 8th
Gingerbread House Making & Cocktail Sipping Date Night – Eckert’s Country Store & Farms
Belleville, IL – Get in the holiday spirit with us as we decorate our own Gingerbread House while sipping on a flight of hard cider and munching on a holiday snack pack. Building a gingerbread house isn’t just for kids, this is your chance to create a beautiful display for the holidays. We provide all of the supplies and guidance. You provide the creativity! $33/person. Must be 21 or older.
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Christmas Doormats DIY Workshop – Hammer & Stain Fairview
Fairview Heights, IL – Customize your project in studio or at home with your choice of paints. YOB wine or drink of choice to sip and snacks to enjoy during the workshop. Several designs to choose from. The mat measures 23″ x 35″.
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Luke Hays- Sunset Overlook
Columbia, IL – Come out this Thursday with your friends and enjoy live music by Luke Hays as you watch the sunset.
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Alexander Ruwe- VENUE on Main
Belleville, IL – We finally have Alex Ruwe, an amazing musician, back in the Venue. Don’t miss this chance to hear him play!
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Friday, December 9th
Candy Cane Lane Holiday Lights Ride- Holiday Lights Trolley
St. Louis, MO – 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
3rd Annual Frosted Flick Fest- Columbia Turner Hall
Columbia, IL – A fun, family event, for all ages and groups. Reserve a fire pit and get your own warm fire, a s’mores kit, a hot dog grilling kit, roasting sticks, complimentary hot chocolate, AND a photo w/ Santa himself!! Chair, blanket, and wagon drop off points also make it easier than ever to get to your fire pit easily.
This years viewings are: The Elf (Fri 12/9 7p), Christmas Vacation (Sat 12/10 7p), Home Alone (Sun 12/11 5p)
For tickets, click here
This event is from December 9th – December 11th
Start Time: 7:00 PM
Forever Vintage Christmas Market – Belle Clair Fairgrounds & Expo Center
Belleville, IL – A Forever Vintage Christmas Market Powered By Forever Vintage Market is A Family Tradition! Held at The BELLE-CLAIR FAIRGROUNDS in Belleville, IL. A buying weekend to Find the most perfect CHRISTMAS gifts! Vendors from all around the Country vending Repurposed, Industrial, Vintage, Architectural Salvage, Antiques, Primitives, Handmade, Furniture, Boutique & More!
Friday, December 9th, 3 pm-8 pm
Saturday December 10th 10 am-5 pm
Sunday, December 11th, 10 am-4 pm
Journey to Bethlehem- First Baptist Church of Columbia
Columbia, IL – What better way to begin the Christmas season, than a journey back to the night that changed the world. First Baptist Church of Columbia Illinois invites you to our 5th season of bringing Journey to Bethlehem to the community. This FREE event is a live, interactive outdoor telling of the Christmas story complete with the sights and sounds of the first century. You’ll be immersed in the story and celebrate the birth of Jesus as you encounter live animals, shepherds, angels, Roman soldiers, and Magi on your way to Bethlehem.
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Saturday, December 10th
Breakfast With Santa- Sip and Chew Express
Belleville, IL – Bring the kids and the whole family out, for breakfast with Santa! It includes breakfast, a photo with Santa with your own camera or phone and goodies for the kids.
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Holiday Markets 2022- Tower Grove Farmers’ Market
St. Louis, MO – Join us for the best collection of farmers & artisans in St. Louis at our outdoor market. The very best of local!
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Holiday Market Craft and Vendor Fair – Sts. Peter and Paul PTO
Waterloo, IL – The Annual SPPCS PTO Holiday Market Vendor and Craft Fair is a great event to wrap up all of your holiday shopping. Hosted on the same day as the Mary & Martha Cookie Walk in downtown Waterloo IL.
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Adult Holiday Cookie Decorating Class- Makers On Main Street
Columbia, IL – Josie from Josie’s Cookie Jar will be teaching you how to decorate sugar cookies with royal icing. No experience is needed. Each student will take home 6 cookies that they decorated. Students will learn to outline and flood their cookies. All supplies are included.
Intended for adults ages 13 and up. Class is $50. Stop by MOMS or give us a call to reserve your spot (618) 281-241
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Winter Celebrations 2022- St. Louis Art Museum
St. Louis, MO – Inspired by holiday traditions from around the world, Winter Celebrations is a free, family-friendly festival that features different performances and family art activities each day. Drop in for performances by community groups and art activities with your little one. No tickets or reservations are required to attend Winter Celebrations
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, December 11th
Breakfast with Santa Claus – Cafe on the Abbey
Columbia, IL – Bring the kids and the whole family out for a fabulous breakfast with Santa. We heard that Clarice will be here too (Rudolph the red nose reindeer’s girlfriend) ❤️
Time: 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
P-Nut and The Shells- Columbia City Saloon
Columbia, IL – P-Nut and The Shells return to Columbia City Saloon. Stop by with friends and enjoy their live music.
Start Time: 3:00 PM
Holiday Ice Skating Show- Kennedy Recreation Complex
St. Louis, MO – Kennedy Recreation Center presents their annual Holiday Ice Skating Show! Featuring: Blade Brigade Synchronized Skating teams and local Kennedy solo skaters. Come and delight in the fun of the season while enjoying the hard work of our skaters. After the Holiday Show we invite you to stay for Skating With Santa. (3:30 PM – 5:30 PM) This is a free event and open to the community.
Show Time: 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM
Monday, December 12th
Beginner Buttercream Cake- Toot’s Cake & Candy Supplies
Belleville, IL -Dress up your Christmas table with this darling 6” cake . Holly leaves and braided buttercream are the stars of this cutie . Don’t wait to grab your spot for this class . $48.00 includes all supplies necessary to complete this project. All the basic techniques will be taught, stacking, filling, icing & smoothing.
Call Toots 618-277-7373 to reserve your spot.
Start Time: 6:00 PM
Photos With Santa- St. Clair Square
Fairview Heights, IL – Visit Santa for a special holiday memory, Nov. 23 through Christmas Eve! Santa’s Workshop is located in Center Court. Visits are always free, and photo packages & frames are available for purchase. For full details on photo pricing and Santa break times, click here
Time: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday. December 14th
U.S Bank Wild Lights- St. Louis Zoo
St. Louis, MO – ‘Tis the season for holiday lights and sweaters! Escape to a wonderland unlike any other at U.S. Bank Wild Lights.Our dazzling holiday event features brand-new light displays and themed areas such as Meet Me in St. Louie, Holly Jolly Hangout, Cozy Cove and more! Warm up with winter-themed treats, and say hello to the animals at Penguin & Puffin Coast and the Insectarium. The 4D Theater featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is open nightly and included with WildLights admission.
For more event and ticket information, visit stlzoo.org/wildlights.
Time 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Bobby Rolens Acoustic with Jimmy Rolens- Copper Fire
Belleville, IL- Come out this Wednesday with friends to enjoy live music by Bobby Rolens and an awesome menu!
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Xtreme Bingo- Xtreme Bar Bingo
Fairview Heights, IL- Come out and join us for a fun night of FREE Bingo. Lots of prizes to be won!
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM