November in St. Louis: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

Sunset, The Gateway Arch, St Louis, Missouri, America
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The weather is getting colder, but there's plenty to see and do in November in St. Louis. This month, you can attend the annual film festival, see a theatrical performance, take in a concert, or even explore some great holiday events and Christmas light displays that light up at the end of the month.

Whether you're in town visiting family, on a business trip, or just vacationing in the Gateway to the West, there's something for everyone to see and do in November this year.

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St. Louis International Film Festival

It doesn't matter if you're in the mood for a comedy, drama, or documentary, you'll find the best in cutting-edge cinema at the St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF). During this 11-day event—which takes place November 1 to 11, 2018—the Tivoli Theatre, Plaza Frontenac, and several other venues around the city will host screenings for dozens of independent films, many of which will include discussions with the filmmakers after the credits roll.

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Owl Prowls

125 Bald Eagle Ridge Rd, Valley Park, MO 63088-2036, USA
+1 636-225-4390

The World Bird Sanctuary in Valley Park hosts Owl Prowls most weekends in November (2, 23, 25, and 30 in 2018). To start the Owl Prowl, a WBS naturalist will teach visitors about owls and their unique calls, and then, everyone will take a night hike through the grounds to call wild owls in hopes of getting a glimpse of one of these majestic creatures. Admission to the Owl Prowls is $15 for adults and $10 for children younger than 12.

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750 N 16th St, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
+1 314-231-2489

Ready to celebrate Cranksgiving? The annual event features hundreds of bicyclists collecting food for Food Outreach. The bike ride begins at 9:30 a.m., at the City Museum in downtown St. Louis. There are 5, 10 and 25-mile routes. Previous rides have brought in more than 7,000 food items.

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Theater at the Fox

527 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103-1006, USA
+1 314-534-1111

St. Louis audiences get the chance to experience hit Broadway musicals, independent stage productions, and even some big-name music artists all thanks to the Fabulous Fox Theatre. This year, you can check out "Aladdin: the Musical" from November 7 to 25 or wait until November 30 to see a one-night-only performance of "Hip Hop Nutcracker."

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Way of Lights

Get into the Christmas spirit with a visit to the Way of Lights in Belleville where you can drive through more than a million holiday lights spread out over a mile and a half. There's also a laser light show, petting zoo, and a display filled with decorated Christmas trees. The Way of Lights is open daily at 5 p.m. and charges an admission fee either per person or per vehicle, depending on the size of your car.

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Gardenland Express

4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA
+1 314-577-5100

It's all aboard for some holiday fun at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Garden is kicking off its holiday season with its "Gardenland Express" annual flower and train show. The show features model trains that wind their way through a miniature landscape filled with winter scenes and surrounded by poinsettias and other flowering plants. The display is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Thanksgiving Day Parade

St. Louis, MO 63103, USA

Thanksgiving celebrations in St. Louis start with the annual Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade along Market Street in downtown St. Louis. The parade has more than 130 units including floats, balloons, and marching bands, and it begins at 8:45 a.m. at the intersection of Seventh and Market streets. After the parade, you can also grab a bite to eat at one of the downtown restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day.

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Gingerbread House Workshop

951 S Green Mt Rd, Belleville, IL 62220, USA
+1 618-233-0513

Eckert's Country Store in Belleville is hosting several workshops for amateur gingerbread bakers. Here, you can make a beautiful gingerbread house for the holidays with a little help from Eckert's Orchards, which provides all supplies and instructions to create your unique holiday decoration. The cost is $14 per person.

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Native American Market Days

Collinsville, IL, USA
+1 618-346-5160

For holiday gifts you won't find at your local mall, head over to Cahokia Mounds during the annual holiday market. Dozens of Native American artists will be selling jewelry, clothing, pottery and other craft items.

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Great River Road Run

The Great River Road Run is one way to burn off some of those Thanksgiving calories, and you can choose a two-mile or 10-mile course for this unique run. Each course takes you along one of the most scenic roads in the St. Louis area. Registration is $35 in advance or $50 the day of the race. After the run, you can also check out the other top sites in Alton, Illinois, where the race takes place.

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