St. Louis Holiday Guide 2016

Find the Best Holiday Events, Christmas Lights, New Year's Eve Parties and More

The holiday season is always a busy time in St. Louis. There's so much going on that it's hard to know where to start. That's where this quick and easy guide can help. You'll find information on where to do your holiday shopping, the best Christmas light displays, free holiday events and even the top New Year's Eve celebrations in St. Louis. 

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    Wild Lights at St. Louis Zoo
    ••• Photo by Roger Brandt, courtesy St. Louis Zoo

    A visit to a holiday light display is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. The cold weather, twinkling lights and festive music really make it feel like the holidays. Most local displays open each year around Thanksgiving and close in early January. Many also have carriage rides, gift shops and kids activities to entertain visitors of all ages.

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    Missouri Botanical Garden Caroling
    ••• Carolers at Missouri Botanical Garden. Photo courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden

    The holidays are a great time to enjoy what the St. Louis has to offer. There are special events, community celebrations, concerts and plenty of ways to entertain the kids. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah or Kwanzaa, St. Louis has it covered.

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    Way of Lights Grotto
    ••• Grotto at Way of Lights. Photo courtesy Our Lady of the Snows Shrine

    Celebrating the season doesn't have to mean spending more money. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the holidays on a budget. One of the area's most popular Christmas light displays, The Way of Lights, offers free admission. There are also dozens of other free events and celebrations if you're watching your pennies this holiday season.

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    ••• Pea Ridge Forest Christmas Tree Farm. Photo by David O'Brien

    Norway Spruce, Scotch Pine or Balsam Fir? If a fake tree just won't do, head out to a St. Louis area Christmas tree farm. Many farms let you seek out and cut down the perfect tree. Others do the work for you offering a nice selection of pre-cut trees shipped in from near and far. Whatever you're looking for, local tree farms have a variety of options when you want a real tree for the holiday season.

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    Girasole Italian Imports
    ••• Girasole Italian Imports on The Hill. Photo courtesy Girasole Gifts & Imports

    In St. Louis, you'll find plenty of choices for holiday shopping. There are popular malls like St. Louis Outlet Mall (St. Louis Mills), Plaza Frontenac and West County Center. Or make a trip to some of the smaller shops and boutiques in popular neighborhoods like The Hill and the Central West End. No matter your taste or price range, there's a place to find something for everyone on your gift list.

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    New Year's Eve
    ••• Photo by Patryce Bak, courtesy Getty Images

    Say goodbye to the holiday season and hello to the New Year at some of the top New Year's Eve parties in St. Louis. Many of the area's top attractions ring in the New Year with fun events for kids and adults. Whether you are looking for a quieter celebration or a big bash, you'll find plenty of options on New Year's Eve in St. Louis.