2. "Fun on the Freeway" 5k (Dec. 14th): Come check out the new and improved Highway 40 renovation before you can drive on it. Curse the first closure phase no longer as you jog along the highway and mentally prepare for the second closure phase. Hey, we should be so grateful that it is reopening a whopping two weeks early!
3. Lafayette Square 2008 Holiday Parlor Tour (Dec. 14th): Lafayette Square is on my list of "city neighborhoods I'd love to live in." I am always in awe of the spectacular historic painted lady homes and I vow that this will be the year that I attend the Holiday Parlor Tour! I am eager to see these gorgeous homes decorated in all their glory.
4. U.S. Bank Wild Lights at the Zoo (through Dec. 14th): Here's your chance to roam around the zoo after hours and admire the nearly 500,000 lights on display. I have been to this event in the past and would highly recommend it. Personally, I'd rather be at the zoo this time of year with a cup of hot chocolate than in the height of St. Louis' heat and humidity.
6. St. Charles Christmas Traditions (through Dec. 27th): Your eyes don't deceive you! I'm writing about an event way out there in the 'burbs (what can I say; I'm a city girl, so that's where my interests lie). Come see people dressed up in olden day costumes, singing carols, and roasting chesnuts on a open fire. I'm intrigued by the "authentically costumed Santas from around the world." This looks like another great family event, but who doesn't like chesnuts and Santa? The shops on Main Street stay open late as well.
6. Brunch at the Jewel Box (Sundays through Dec. 28th): I know some ladies that read my blog were married here, so here's your chance to relive that magical day with brunch and a pointsetta show. Santa will be visiting on 12/7 and 12/14 if you are interested in revealing your naughty/nice status.
7. First Night St. Louis (Dec. 31st): I thought a lot about whether I would blog about all the events happening on New Year's in the city, but I decided to just stick to First Night. If you aren't familiar with First Night, it is basically a family-oriented New Year's celebration that is expressed through the arts. And it's non-alcoholic! I'm not ready to part with champagne on my New Year's, but it really is a great event for families or people who would rather be cultured than boozed up. There are even fireworks at 9:00 and midnight!
8. Tilles Park Winter Wonderland (through Jan. 4th): I am eager to return to this drive-through light display since I may have seen an elf doing naughty things to a stuffed bear one year. Okay, he was just sewing the bear, but it looked a little strange from my vantage point. If you'd like to ride through the park in a carriage, you can do so on Saturdays when the route is closed to cars.
9. Gardenland Express (through Jan. 6th): There are many holiday events at the Botanical Garden, but this one is the biggest. Gardenland Express is the annual train and flower show at the Garden. I will admit that I've never gone, but I know my sister has taken my nephews and it's supposed to be pretty amazing. There are little ski chalets and villages set up for the trains to ride through. This is the closest I'll be getting to a ski chalet anytime soon!
10. The Fox, Powell Symphony Hall, and the Saint Louis Ballet: Lots of classic holiday-themed shows occurring this month. At The Fox we have "The Christmas Sweater," Manheim Steamroller, and Radio City Christmas Spectacular with The Rockettes. Powell features tons of stuff (I'll let you check out the website), including a viewing of "The Wizard of Oz," with the orchestra playing the music live. Doesn't that sound cool? Finally, you can really get cultured by seeing "The Nutcracker" at the Saint Louis Ballet.
Happy December, everyone!