Top Things to Do in January in St. Louis

Events, Festivals and Other Ways to Enjoy Winter

••• David O'Brien
The holidays are over and the cold weather has settled in, but there is still plenty to do in St. Louis in January. Here are some of the best ways to beat the winter blahs this month.
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     The Grand Parade isn't until next month, but some events for this year's Soulard Mardi Gras celebration are happening in January. This month's festivities begin with Twelfth Night on January 6, and include the Snowman Softball Tournament and Family Winter Carnival.
    January 6-21, 2017
    Soulard

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    Hundreds of bald eagles spend their winter along the banks of the Mississippi River in Alton and Grafton, and January is a great time to go eagle watching. The Alton Visitors Center has events all month long including Eagle Meet and Greets on Saturdays in January. Then, take one of the guided tours or drive yourself along the Great River Road for some prime eagle spotting.
    January 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2017
    Alton, IL

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    ••• Photo by Deborah O'Brien

    Schlafly's Cabin Fever: Winter Beer Festival is a good way to spend a cold afternoon in January. The annual beer-tasting event is from noon to 4 p.m. Dress warm because the festival is held outside in the Bottleworks Biergarten. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door.
    January 14, 2017
    Maplewood

     

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    Celebrate winter at the Loop Ice Carnival in University City. Bring the whole family for ice carving demonstrations, a s'mores roast, human dog sled races, game booths and more. Admission is free.
    January 14, 2017
    The Delmar Loop

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    Spring training is still more than a month away, but baseball fans can see their favorite Cardinals players at the annual Winter Warm-Up. The three day event includes autograph sessions, baseball clinics and a sports memorabilia show. Tickets are $40 for adults and $10 for children ages five to 15. Children younger than five get in free. Money from the event goes to Cardinals Care, the team's charity to help children in the community.
    January 14-16, 2017
    Hyatt Regency, Downtown St. Louis

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    An American in Paris plays at the Fox Theatre this month. The award-winning musical is about an American soldier and a French woman finding a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Tickets are $25 to $88.
    January 17-29, 2017
    Fox Theatre

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    Check out the newest cars, trucks and SUV's at the 2017 St. Louis Auto Show. The America's Center and Edward Jones Dome will be filled with hundreds of new vehicles from more than 25 manufacturers. Tickets are $11 for adults and $6 for children ages 6 to 12. Children younger than 6 get in free.
    January 19-22, 2017
    America's Center, Downtown St. Louis

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    Elmo and friends return to St. Louis for a new production of Sesame Street Live. This year's show is "Elmo Makes Music." Tickets are $17 to $70.
    January 20-22, 2017
    Peabody Opera House

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    Planning a wedding in 2017? Then make plans to attend St. Louis Magazine's Unveiled bridal show. The event brings together the area's top bridal specialists to help you plan the perfect day. There's a wedding dress fashion show, plus hors d’oeuvres, desserts and champagne. Tickets are $25 a person or $40 for two people.
    January 22, 2017
    Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Clayton

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    Find some good deals at Clayton's most popular restaurants at the annual Clayton Restaurant Week. Top restaurants are offering three course meals for $25 dollars a person.
    January 23-29, 2017
    Clayton

     

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    ••• Father Dominic Garramone, host "Breaking Bread with Father Dominic.". Photo courtesy St. Louis Repertory Theatre

    The 15th annual St. Louis Food & Wine Experience gives foodies a chance to enjoy some of the best culinary offerings from local and national chefs, wineries and restaurants. There will be hundreds of selections from dozens of winemakers, plus cooking demonstrations and food from top restaurants. General admission tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. VIP Reserve Room tickets are $125 in advance and $130 at the door.
    January 27-29, 2017
    Chase Park Plaza, Central West End