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Mapping St. Louis History
Nov 29 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 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

11th Annual Fall Indian Market
Nov 29 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Shop unique gift items made by Native American artists and craftspeople at the 11th annual Fall Indian Market. Items available for purchase include jewelry, paintings, herbals, weaving, baskets, pottery, bronze work, and more.

For more information, please visit or call (618) 346-5160.

Gardenland Express: Holiday Flower and Train Show
Nov 29 @ 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.

Annual Green Gift Bazaar
Nov 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Celebrate Small Business Saturday and shop green with Alton’s Annual Green Gift Bazaar.

Shop all your holiday needs at the indoor event featuring eco-friendly vendors and artisans as well as locally-owned businesses of beautiful Downtown Alton. In addition, many of the vendors will be offering special discounts for the day.

For more information, please call (618) 780-9197.

Victorian Christmas at Tower Grove House
Nov 29 @ 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
Nov 29 @ 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

Odds & Ends Shopping Shuttles
Nov 29 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Enjoy your day with a tasty lunch and an afternoon of shopping in Alton’s unique downtown shops… What better combination?

Participants will take a shuttle (departing from Mac’s Time Out) to various shops in downtown Alton and will receive special perks from participating businesses, such as sales, raffles, and refreshments.

Shoppers will receive a stamp on their passport by making purchases at participating shops this day. The stamps qualify the participant to be entered into a drawing for fantastic prizes, including free tuition for a beginner class at Alton Stained Glass Works.

Shuttle tickets are $5 for a 2 1/2 hour route and can be purchased in advance at the Alton Visitors Center (200 Piasa Street).

Shuttle options are:
Brunch excursion (seats 22) — departs at 12 pm
Lunch excursion (seats 15) — departs at 1 pm
Lunch excursion (seats 22) — departs at 2 pm

Don’t miss out on this uniquely fun shopping experience!

Garden Glow Holiday Lights Exhibit
Nov 29 @ 5:30 pm – 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
Nov 29 @ 5:30 pm – 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

Live at Jacoby: Elsie Parker and the Poor People of Paris
Nov 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Enjoy the smooth sounds of Elsie Parker and the Poor People of Paris, a St. Louis group specializing in French pop, jazz, and rock. Listen as the group brings you sounds reminiscent of Edith Piaf, one of Elsie’s major influences, as well as her own original work.

Elsie is a renowned vocalist and musician, appearing as solo vocalist for Nordstrom’s Chicago fashion show; at Chicago’s Cultural Society; at “Jazz Under the Stars” in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and at numerous St. Louis venues and events, including at Missouri Botanical Garden’s Whitaker Concert Series; at The Sheldon Theater; at Powell Hall; and at St. Louis First Night. She has also been featured on the French TV program “La Chance Aux Chansons,” which is filmed in Paris and viewed throughout France, French-speaking Canada, and Africa.

Experience a magical night of French music, art, and class, all without leaving Alton, at Live at Jacoby featuring Elsie Parker and the Poor People of Paris. For more information, please visit or call (618) 462-5222.

July 11, 2012
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