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Mapping St. Louis History
Dec 20 @ 7:00 am – 3:00 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

Birding Trip at Audubon Center
Dec 20 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am

Join the Audubon staff and volunteers for a fun-filled morning of bird-watching! The trip will leave from the Center at 8 am and take a short drive to a few locations in the sanctuary.

Be sure to dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Don’t forget your binoculars and camera!

For more information, please visit or call (636) 899-0090.

1864 St. Louis Holiday Ball at the Old Courthouse
Dec 20 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Step back in time and take in the sights and sounds of winters past with Historic Holiday Traditions at the Old Courthouse. The Rotunda will be decked in authentic Victorian decor that is sure to charm. Come,, experience holiday music, food, and dancing from eras past!

From 9 – 11, learn some of 1864’s most popular dance steps from instructor Deborah Hyland, then from 12 – 4 show off what you’ve learned and dance to the music of Independent Silver Band. Experience St. Louis history like never before at the 1864 Holiday Ball! For more information, please call (314) 655-1614.

Gardenland Express: Holiday Flower and Train Show
Dec 20 @ 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.

Jacoby Arts Center Holiday Market
Dec 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 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.

Victorian Christmas at Tower Grove House
Dec 20 @ 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 20 @ 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

St. Louis Ballet: The Nutcracker (2:30 show & Sugar Plum Fairy Luncheon)
Dec 20 @ 2:30 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

Prior to the show, enjoy a three-course meal in a festively decorated atmosphere at 12:30. Tickets are $35 and are sold separately from performance tickets. You can purchase them here.

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash
Dec 20 @ 5:00 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

Garden Glow Holiday Light Exhibit
Dec 20 @ 5:30 pm – Dec 20 @ 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

July 11, 2012
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