There's plenty to see and do in St. Louis even after the holidays have wrapped up and the bone-chilling cold has set in. Actually, January is one of the best times to visit the Midwestern city if you're not a big fan of crowds, waiting for a table at restaurants, and astronomical hotel prices. Even tourist attractions like the Gateway Arch and the City Museum are great this time of year because they're not overflowing with people (read: shorter lines).
Due to its central location in the U.S., St. Louis' weather often lingers somewhere between the mid-40s and mid-20s this time of year. The snow that blankets the region for most of the season makes for excellent opportunities to go sledding, make snowmen, ice skate, and play. Pack your itinerary with some of the Gateway City's most beloved events.
Mardi Gras might be a one-day event for most, but in The Lou, the Fat Tuesday celebrations last nearly two months. The Grand Parade takes place in late February, but some Mardi Gras events take place in the bluesy and lively neighborhood of Soulard starting in early January. It all begins with Twelfth Night, on January 6, when St. Louisans convene to decide whether or not to celebrate Mardis Gras that year, then march through the streets after deciding that yes, they will. Other events include a Family Winter Carnival on January 11, 2020, and the annual Snowman Softball Tournament on January 18 and 19.
As the headquarters of Anheuser-Busch, St. Louis is a beer-drinking town. There are so many breweries to choose from, one of them being Schlafly. Every January, it holds Cabin Fever: Winter Beer Festival outside (so dress warmly!) in the Bottleworks Biergarten in Maplewood, Illinois. Join the Schlafly crew for music and brews on January 11, 2020.
Hundreds of bald eagles spend their winter along the banks of the Mississippi River in Alton and Grafton and January is the perfect time to go see them. The Alton Visitors Center hosts events all month long, such as "Eagle Meet and Greets" on Saturdays and an Audubon Eagle Ice Festival (January 4), which showcases ice sculptures. You can also spot eagles on a solo, self-guided tour of Great River Road.
Spring training is still more than a month away, but baseball fans can be the first to see their favorite Cardinals players at the annual Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up, which takes place during Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. This three-day event includes autograph sessions, baseball clinics, and a sports memorabilia show. Money from the event goes to Cardinals Care, the team's charity to help children in the community. It will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown St. Louis from January 18 to 20, 2020.
Check out the newest cars, trucks, and SUVs at the annual St. Louis Auto Show, January 23 to 26, 2020. America's Center and Edward Jones Dome will be filled with hundreds of new vehicles from more than 25 manufacturers. You can even get a bird's eye view of them all via the indoor zipline. There will be drifting, test drives, and luxury vehicles. Tickets go on sale in early January.
Anyone who is planning a wedding for 2020 will want to mark this bridal extravaganza on the calendar. Held every year by St. Louis Magazine, Unveiled features everything from florists to caterers, venues to hairstylists, all under the Ritz-Carlton's roof. Treat yourself or your favorite bride-to-be to this everything-wedding party on January 12. You can count on champagne, desserts, and a wedding dress fashion show.
Just because the holidays are over doesn't mean the indulging is. The neighborhood of Clayton will be holding its annual Restaurant Week from January 13 to 19, 2020. During this multi-day foodie event, participating restaurants create three-course meals for fixed prices. It's a great way to experience the best of the local culinary scene without spending a fortune.