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Gardenland Express: Holiday Flower and Train Show
Dec 21 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Delighting visitors of all ages, Gardenland Express is an annual exhibit you won’t want to miss! Watch as G-scale trains of many eras travel along 900 feet of track through an enchanting miniature holiday landscape composed of festive decorations and fresh plants and flowers.

For more information, please visit or call (314) 577-5100 or (800)642-8842.

Victorian Christmas at Tower Grove House
Dec 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

See the exquisite Victorian country home of Garden founder Henry Shaw in all its holiday splendor!

There will also be activities for children, including storytelling at 11 on Wednesdays and Saturdays and at 1 on Sundays.

Admission is included with Garden admission: $8/adult, free for children 12 and under, and free for Garden members and their children. For more information, please visit or call (314) 577-5100 or (800) 642-8842.

Watershed Cairns Exhibit
Dec 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

This new photography exhibit artfully highlights the St. Louis area’s close connection to rivers and streams. The images of the Watershed Cairns exhibit document important places in our regional watershed through vivid, large-scale photos of sculptural cairns made of glass. By naming and mapping sites of the photos, the exhibit offers visitors the chance to learn of the interconnection of these waters and the areas through which they pass.

For more information, please visit

Jacoby Arts Center Holiday Market
Dec 21 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Malls and department stores are great, but they all have the same things… Find something truly one-of-a-kind instead at Jacoby Arts Center’s Holiday Market now through December 31st.

The gallery has been transformed into a unique boutique with items from over 70 artists and designers, all for $99 or under. Artists and designers include In Blue Accessories, Hipster Babywear, Hearts Desire Toys, Lulabelles Florals, Aluminations, and many, many more. Check them all out at Jacoby now through the end of the year!

From fine art paintings to cards, jewelry to toys, you’re sure to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list at Jacoby Arts Center’s Holiday Market!

The market is open 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 pm Sunday. For more information, please call (618) 462-5222.

Mapping St. Louis History
Dec 21 @ 12:00 pm – Dec 21 @ 8:00 pm

Take a walk through St. Louis history and view historic maps, rare books, and images commemorating the city’s 250th birthday.

Mercantile Library is located on the 2 lower levels of Thomas Jefferson Library (you will walk in on the 3rd floor). Exhibitions can be viewed during normal Thomas Jefferson Library hours. Enjoy the exhibition by yourself or take a free, docent-led tour Saturdays at 11 or Sundays at 2. Group tours can also be arranged. For more information, please visit or call (314) 516-7248.

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 am – 10:30 pm
Friday: 7:30 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 4 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 8 pm

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash (2:00 show)
Dec 21 @ 2:00 pm

Featuring over 30 hits from Johnny Cash’s iconic songbook, Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash takes you on a journey through the life and career of the legendary “Man in Black”. Fans can expect to hear favorites such as “A Boy Named Sue,” “Daddy Sang Bass,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Jackson,” and “I Walk the Line” immersed in a story line exploring love, faith, success, and struggle.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit

St. Louis Ballet: The Nutcracker (4:30)
Dec 21 @ 4:30 pm

Enjoy this classic holiday tale in a new way with St. Louis Ballet. Artistic Director Gen Horuchi gives the story new life with the spectacular talents of the St. Louis Ballet dancers, along with special effects including glitter, smoke, and even pyrotechnics.

Tickets range from $32-$55. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit

Garden Glow Holiday Light Exhibit
Dec 21 @ 5:30 pm – Dec 21 @ 9:30 pm

Take an evening stroll through the Garden, surrounded by a spectacle of uniquely beautiful light installations. Hundreds of thousands of lights grace many of the Garden’s most iconic locations. Experience delightful traditional displays as well as “explosions of visual magic,” as the Garden itself describes.

Admission is $16 for adults, $12 for Garden members, $10 for children 12 and under, and $6 for members’ children. For more information, please visit

Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park
Dec 21 @ 5:30 pm – Dec 21 @ 9:30 pm

Visit Tilles Park’s renowned Winter Wonderland holiday light display and be dazzled by more than 1 million twinkling lights that adorn the 75 acre park. The festive displays are sure to get you in the holiday spirit!

Winter Wonderland is open every night from November 26 – January 1 (excluding Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve) from 5:30 – 9:30.

Admission (credit and debit cards not accepted):

  • $10 – family vehicle
  • $20 – limousine
  • $40 – commercial transport van
  • $90 – tour bus

Carriage rides are also available every night the park is open. Saturdays are reserved for carriage rides; the park is closed to vehicular traffic.

Carriage ride prices:

  • 4 person private – $65
  • 5 person private – $75
  • 6 person private – $82
  • Large private (up to 10) – $110
  • Large group coach – $12/person

Conveniently purchase carriage ride tickets online at, at the Fox Theatre Box Office, or by calling (314) 534-1111. Prices do not include MetroTix fees.

For more information, please visit

Christmas Wonderland at Rock Spring Park
Dec 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Be dazzled by more than 2.5 million lights adorning trees and fashioned into displays throughout the park. These festive light displays are sure to put you in the holiday spirit!

Enhance your experience with a carriage ride, available Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays on a first come, first served basis (weather permitting). Admission for carriage rides are $30 for the first person and $5 for each additional person, regardless of age. Advanced reservations for other evenings may be made by calling Kris with Black Tie Carriage Company at (217) 242-1104.

There will be a special walk-only night Monday, December 1st. The park is open to vehicular traffic every other night.

Admission to Christmas Wonderland is a suggested donation of $7/car or $1/person for vehicles of 10 or more. For more information, please call (800)258-6645 or (618) 465-6676.

July 11, 2012
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