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Mapping St. Louis History
Dec 19 @ 7:30 am – 5:00 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 (3140 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

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
Dec 19 @ 8:30 am

Witness for yourself and learn about one of the Alton area’s greatest winter treasures: bald eagles.

A park guide at Pere Marquette State Park will give informative presentations about bald eagles. Visitors will learn, for example, what eagles eat, why they spend their winter months in the area, and how to distinguish between mature and immature eagles, just to name a few topics.

The presentation will include a short video followed by an observational driving tour to see the eagles. Be sure to dress warmly and have plenty of gas in your tank.

Dates of the 2014-2015 Bald Eagle Days vary, so please refer to the list of dates below:

  • Friday, December 19
  • Monday, December 22
  • Thursday, January 8
  • Friday, January 9
  • Friday, January 16
  • Monday, January 26
  • Wednesday, January 28
  • Friday, January 30
  • Tuesday, February 3
  • Wednesday, February 4
  • Friday, February 6
  • Tuesday, February 24
  • Thursday, February 26
  • Monday, March 2

All presentations will begin at Pere Marquette Park’s Visitor Center at 8:30 am CST. Reservations are required.

For more information or to place reservations, call (618) 786-3323.

Gardenland Express: Holiday Flower and Train Show
Dec 19 @ 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 19 @ 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 19 @ 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)
Dec 19 @ 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

Garden Glow Holiday Light Exhibit
Dec 19 @ 5:30 pm – Dec 19 @ 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 19 @ 5:30 pm – Dec 19 @ 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

Around the World Wine Dinner – “Great Expectations”: English Holiday Fare & Favorite Wines from Around the World
Dec 19 @ 6:30 pm

Take a trip around the world the third Friday of each month with a 4-course dinner, created by chefs from Catering St. Louis. Each course is a dish from a particular region and is paired with a luscious wine to complement it perfectly. Dinners will be served at various locations throughout the Garden.

Dinner begins at 6:30. Advanced reservations are required. Visit or call (314) 577-0200 for more information.

Beer Pairing Dinner
Dec 19 @ 7:00 pm

Delight in a scrumptious 5-course meal paired with beer brewed at Grafton Brewhaus.

Advanced reservations are required. Payment is due at time of sign ups. No cancellations. For more information or to make a reservation, please call (618) 786-3001.

July 11, 2012
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