I'm getting this out so, so late, but here is your list by popular demand!!! I am lazy, so I basically stole my list from last year and made a few additions. I may or may not have been spending all my free time lately playing Wizard101. Hey, don't judge, okay? I never said I was cool.
Since this list is by no means exhaustive, here is a link to even more holiday events around the area.
1. Skinker-Debaliviere Wintermarkt (Dec. 5): Can't get away to Europe for the holidays? Pretend you're there anyway at this outdoor festival in a cool little area of the city bordering Forest Park. This one's for you, hot chocolate fans! Sip on some cocoa as you peruse the artisanal items for sale, take a carriage ride, or watch a blacksmith work his holiday magic. Whatever that means. This event is FREE!
2. Cherokee Antique Row Cookie Spree (Dec. 5): I'm not exactly sure what this event entails since the website offers few details, but since it involves cookies, I thought I'd throw it on the list. Who doesn't love cookies, right? I'm guessing it's an open house of sorts for all the shops and vendors on Cherokee Row and you get cookies at the shops.
3. Stray Rescue's Hope for the Holidays Gala (Dec. 5): It's here again! If you remember, we attended last year with Levi and met the very warm and friendly John Garcia from Nat Geo's Dogtown. This event is a big one-food from 25 area restaurants, an auction, open bar, and pictures and videos of dog rescues and befores and afters that make me tear up just thinking about them. The Moto Museum is very cool as well. We were there over the summer for another Stray Rescue event. It's a guaranteed fun time!
4. The New I-64 5K Run (Dec. 6): EEEK!!! Can you believe the hell of the last two years is almost over!?!?! I would definitely be doing this run, but see "open bar" in the last entry. Come celebrate the end of the Highway 40 construction by doing a 5K on the fresh pavement. This year's run is on the eastern segment that's been closed for the last year. So exciting!
5. St. Louis Holiday Magic (Dec. 4-6): This is a new event in the area and is held at America's Center. I may have had to google that to see what it was. It's the Convention Center downtown, the name I know it by. Anyway, this event sounds pretty cool. There's so much stuff happening, so be sure to check out the website. A few highlights include a culinary stage, a beer and wine garden (YES), and a Purina area where adoptable pets will be featured, raptors will amaze you, and the Incredible Dog team will perform for your amusement.
6. Lafayette Square Holiday Parlour Tour (Dec. 13): Another holiday season, another holiday parlour tour in gorgeous Lafayette Square. I went for a run in that neighborhood yesterday and had fun just gawking at all the beautiful holiday decorations and peeking into people's houses to check out their decor. We went on this tour last year and some very impressive homes were featured. So, if you like to be nosey and poke around other people's houses, this is the tour for you.
7. U.S. Bank Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo (weekends in December): If you haven't been to the zoo for any of the evening activities, I highly recommend going. There's something very unique about roaming around the zoo in the evening. And the light display really is remarkable. Fun for the whole family and it's only $5 for non-members.
8. St. Charles Christmas Traditions (through 12/26): Again, something for you county folk. Stroll around historic Old Town while listening to carolers, shopping until 9:00, and watching the Santa parade every Saturday and Sunday.
9. First Night Saint Louis (12/31): The family alternative to boozing it up and passing out on New Year's Eve. This year, First Night is at Grand Center in Midtown and the theme is "Wonderland." All of the areas of Grand Center will be transformed. Seriously-go check out the website. The event sounds really cool. Don't believe me? Go read about the 40' wall made of Post-Its, fireworks and glow-in-the-dark juggling.
10. Tilles Park Winter Wonderland (through 1/3): Once again, Tilles Park will be all lit up for the holidays. I was there in October and they were already setting up, so you know it's going to be huge. This is a drive-through light display, but they also offer carriage rides.
11. Gardenland Express at the Missouri Botanical Garden (through 1/3): Last, but not least, the Botanical Garden is holding its annual holiday flower and train show as we speak. Do you think the people from I Love Toy Trains will be there?
Happy holidays, everyone!