Top Things to Do in November in St. Louis

••• Photo courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden

The weather is getting colder, but there's plenty to see and do in November in St. Louis. You can attend our annual film festival, see a show or take in concert. Here are the top picks for things to do in November 2016 in St. Louis.

If you are looking for holiday events, like Christmas light displays, tree lighting ceremonies, parades and more, see the Complete Guide to the Holidays in St. Louis.

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    Movie buffs have the chance to see dozens of independent films at the  St. Louis International Film Festival. The films are shown at the Tivoli Theatre, Plaza Frontenac and several other venues. Many of the filmmakers participate in discussions after the screenings. It doesn't matter if you're in the mood for a comedy, drama or documentary, the St. Louis International Film Festival has something for everyone.
    November 3-13, 2016
    Various Locations

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    The World Bird Sanctuary in Valley Park hosts Owl Prowls most weekends in November. A WBS naturalist will teach visitors about owls and their unique calls. Then, everyone takes a night hike through the grounds to see and call wild owls. Admission to the Owl Prowls is $15 for adults and $10 for children younger than 12.
    Fridays & Saturdays in November 2016
    World Bird Sanctuary

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    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.
    November 6, 2016
    Downtown St. Louis

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    You may already know Shakespeare's Hamlet, but this is your chance to experience the play in a whole new way. This new production from Rebel and Misfits Productions is an immersive theater experience with the audience taking an active role in the performance. General admission tickets are $55. College students are $34.50 with a valid ID.
    November 12-18, 2016
    Midtown St. Louis

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    St. Louis audiences get the chance to experience the new musical FUN HOME at the Fox Theatre this month. The hits show won five Tony Awards in 2015 including the the award for Best Musical. Tickets are $20 to $90.
    November 15-27, 2016
    Midtown St. Louis

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    Get into the Christmas spirit with a visit to the Way of Lights in Belleville. 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. For information on other holiday lights, see Best Christmas Light Displays in the St. Louis Area.
    November 18 - December 31, 2016
    Belleville, IL

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    ••• Photo courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden

    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 though 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. Tickets are $5 a person.
    November 19, 2016 - January 1, 2017
    Missouri Botanical Garden

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    Thanksgiving Day Parade

    Thanksgiving celebrations in St. Louis begin with the annual Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade along Market Street in downtown St. Louis. The parade has more than 100 units including floats, balloons and marching bands. It begins at 8:45 a.m.
    November 24, 2016
    Downtown St. Louis

    For more on the holiday in St. Louis, see Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Day and What to Do on Thanksgiving in St. Louis.

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    ••• Photo courtesy Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

    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 more.
    November 25-27, 2016
    Collinsville, IL

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    The St. Louis Symphony performs a weekend of concerts after Thanksgiving including Beethoven's Emperor Concerto with pianist Stephen Hough. Tickets are $25 to $82.
    November 25-27, 2016
    Midtown St. Louis

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    The Great River Road Run is one way to burn off some of those Thanksgiving calories. You can choose a two mile or ten mile course. Each 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, check out the top sites in Alton.
    November 26, 2016
    Alton, IL

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    Make a beautiful gingerbread house for the holidays with a little help from Eckert's Orchards. Eckert's Country Store in Belleville is hosting several workshops for amateur gingerbread bakers. Eckert's provides all supplies and instructions to create a unique holiday decoration. The cost is $14 a person.
    November 26-27, 2016
    Belleville