What's Open on New Year's Day in St. Louis

If you didn't do too much celebrating on New Year's Eve, you may be looking for something to do on New Year's Day. Here are the local attractions open on January 1 in the St. Louis area. 

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    Steinberg Ice Rink in Forest Park
    Photo by Deborah O'Brien

    If your New Year's resolution is to get in shape, you can burn off some calories on New Year's Day at Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park. The ice rink is open extended hours from 10 a.m. to midnight from January 1-7. Skating fees are $7 a person. Skates are also available to rent for $6.

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    If skiing or snowboarding is more your speed, you can spend the day at Hidden Valley Ski Resort in St. Louis County. Hidden Valley is open for skiing from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Polar Plunge snow tubing run is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

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    For those who'd rather get out of the cold and spend a little time inside, New Year's Day is a good time to take in a movie. St. Louis area theaters, including AMC and Wehrenberg, are all open on New Year's Day.

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    The St. Louis Art Museum is hosting it's annual Kwanzaa celebration from noon to 4 p.m., on New Year's Day. The festivities include performances and traditional art. The museum galleries are also open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, with a free gallery tour starting at 1:30 p.m.

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    Who wouldn't want to start the New Year with a little extra cash in your pocket? You can play poker, blackjack and more at St. Louis area casinos. Many local casinos including Lumiere PlaceRiver City Casino and Ameristar also offer New Year's Day specials in their restaurants for hungry gamblers. 

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    New Year's Day is your last chance to check out some of the area's best holiday light displays. Santa's Magical Kingdom in St. Louis County is open on New Year's Day from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $22 per car. The Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden is also open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults and $10 for children. Or you can take in the Brewery Lights at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery for the final time this season.

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    Some St. Louis neighborhoods will still be decked out for the holidays on New Year's Day. January 1 is a good time to take a drive down Candy Cane Lane or see the Christmas lights in other local communities. 

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     The Gardenland Express is the annual flower and train show at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The show features model trains that wind their way though a miniature landscape filled with flowering winter scenes. The display is open on New Year's Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 a person, but Garden members get in free.

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    Kirkwood is kicking off the New Year with a Winter Fireworks Festival. The celebration runs from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. It includes live music and ends with a fireworks display. Most stores and restaurants in downtown Kirkwood will also be open and offering special deals. 

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    The St. Louis Science Center in Forest Park is a fun place to take the kids on New Year's Day. Learn about space exploration at the Planetarium or take in the latest OMNIMax movie. The Science Center is open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on New Year's Day. Admission is free, but there is a cost for special exhibits and movies. 

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     The City Museum may be St. Louis' most unique attraction and you can experience all of the fun on New Year's Day from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The museum is a giant playground for kids and adults alike. All of the exhibits are made from recycled and repurposed materials. Admission is $12 a person.