Think you have the best-looking light display in Cottleville? Here’s your chance to prove it.
Enter the city’s Christmas Light Contest. There is no application or entry fee required and all residents, businesses and organizations within the city limits are eligible. Judging takes place the week of Dec. 11-14, so make certain to keep the lights on from dusk until 9 p.m. A congratulatory sign will be placed in the yards of the first-, second- and third-place winners on Dec. 15. For more information, call (636) 498-6565 or visit www.cityofcottleville.com.
Lake Saint Louis
The Meadows at Lake Saint Louis, 20 Meadows Circle Drive, hosts the Winterfest Ice Rink for skaters of all ages through Feb. 26. Skating rink hours are Monday through Saturday from noon-9 p.m., and Sunday from noon-8 pm. For more information, call (636) 695-2626 or visit www.themeadowsatlsl.com/events.
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Complimentary horse and carriage rides also are available throughout the holiday season at The Meadows. Guests can hop on board a carriage on Nov. 25-26 from noon-4 p.m., Dec. 2 from 7-9 p.m., Dec. 3 from noon-4 p.m., Dec. 10 from noon-4 p.m., Dec. 17 from noon-4 p.m., Dec. 23 from noon-4 p.m. and Dec. 24 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call (636) 695-2626 or visit www.themeadowsatlsl.com/events.
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Santa Claus is in residence at Von Maur’s center court at The Meadows beginning Nov. 25. Kids of all ages can visit Santa every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 20 and Dec. 21-23 from noon-4 p.m. For more information, call (636) 695-2626 or visit www.themeadowsatlsl.com/events.
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On Dec. 2, Lake Saint Louis Mayor Kathy Schweikert declares the holidays official with a ceremonial lighting of the Lake Saint Louis holiday tree at The Meadows. From 7-9 p.m., guests can enjoy complimentary cookies, hot chocolate, and horse and carriage rides. The Green Tree Elementary School choir performs favorite holiday selections and Santa Claus makes an appearance. For more information, call (636) 695-2626 or visit www.themeadowsatlsl.com/events.
The Celebration of Lights is a not-to-be-missed extravaganza of sights, sounds and magic!
Rediscover the magic of the holidays with family and friends on two special walk-through nights, Dec. 12-13 from 6-9 p.m. at Fort Zumwalt Park, 1000 Jessup Drive. Sparkling lights, unique holiday scenes and fireworks over the lake each evening at 7:25 p.m. add wonder and excitement to the night. Plus, visitors can stop along the way to visit with Santa, shop for handmade gifts or sample hot cocoa and treats. No reservations are needed, but to avoid the line at the gate, pre-purchase admission wristbands are available through Dec. 9 at the city’s Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 400 Civic Park Drive. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Admission is $3 per person and children age 2 and younger are free. Parking with free shuttle service is available at First Baptist Church of O’Fallon, 8750 Veterans Memorial Parkway and O’Fallon Christian Church, 9380 Veterans Memorial Parkway. Carriage rides are not available during the walk-through nights and pets are not allowed. The walk-through events are held rain or shine. For more information, call (636) 379-5614 or visit www.ofallon.mo.us/celebration-of-lights.
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Get into the heart of the holidays with a motorized tour of the Celebration of Lights display, which is open nightly, with the exception of Christmas Day, from Nov. 25 through Dec. 30 at 6 p.m. in Fort Zumwalt Park, 1000 Jessup Drive. Cruise through the park with friends or family in a private vehicle or bundle up for a train ride, a tractor-pulled sleigh-hayride or a ride in a horse-drawn carriage or wagon. No reservations are needed to drive through the lights display in a private vehicle, but specialty rides must be booked at least two weeks in advance. Visit www.ofallon.mo.us/celebration-of-lights or call (636) 379-5614 for hours, admission fees and booking information for specialty rides. [Note: drive-through options are not available on Mondays or on Dec. 13].
St. Charles County
Experience a night of warmth and beauty at the Historic Daniel Boone Home at Lindenwood Park, 1868 Hwy. F in Defiance during St. Charles County’s annual Christmas Candlelight Tours, Dec. 2-3 and Dec. 9-10 from 5:30-10 p.m. Thousands of candles illuminate a world on the edge of the frontier. Step back into the early 1800s to experience Christmas as it was celebrated in the past with stories, music and hot cider. Tickets are limited for this popular four-night event. Reservations can be made online at www.sccmo.org or by calling (636) 798-2005. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door, though advance reservations are highly recommended. Children age 4 and younger are free and do not need to register.
Gather the kids and their wish lists and head to the Old Town Log Cabin, 141 Gatty Drive, on Dec. 3 from 1-3 p.m. for some old-fashioned fun and a visit with Santa Claus. Guests of all ages can enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, hot chocolate and cookies, and a heaping helping of holiday cheer at this free family event. Bring a camera to capture the memories and be sure to dress for the weather since all of the activities are outdoors. For more information, call the city’s Parks and Recreation Department at (636) 939-2386 or visit www.stpetersmo.net.
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The Rec-Plex North ice rink, 5200 Mexico Road, turns into an enchanted Winter Wonderland on Dec. 9-10. Solo skaters and synchronized skating teams dazzle audiences with original programs and beloved holiday characters join in the festivities to make this a delightful event for the whole family. Performances are Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. Tickets go on sale on Nov. 22 at the St. Peters Rec-Plex. Ticket prices for Rec-Plex passholders are $8.50 for adults, $6.50 for children 12 and younger, and $6.50 for seniors 55 and older. Ticket prices for the general public are $9.50 for adults, $7.50 for children 12 and younger, and $7.50 for seniors 55 and older. For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (636) 939-2386 or visit www.stpetersmo.net.
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Get into the holiday mood with a cabaret-style holiday concert featuring Tim Schall at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre Performing Arts Theater, One St. Peters Centre Boulevard, on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. Featuring a shining array of seasonal standards, Schall’s performance is sure to light up the season. Tickets are available by calling (800) 838-3006 or online at www.brownpapertickets.com. The cost is $12.99 each, plus a service fee of 3.5 percent, or $18 at the door if available. For more information, visit www.stpetersmo.net.
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Dance Pizazz’s Winter Showcase is on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 5-7:30 p.m at 124 Jungermann Road. Enjoy an evening of ballroom, Latin and swing dance performances by amateur dancers and their professional partners. Open dancing, food and drinks are included in the $25 admission [$15 for youth age 18 and younger]. Seating is reserved and RSVPs are required; register at www.dance-pizazz.com or by calling (636) 441-6854.
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Have Breakfast with Santa at the St. Peters’ Rec-Plex South Building, 5200 Mexico Road, on Dec. 10 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Open to children ages 2-8. Holiday festivities include crafts and Christmas songs. Guests should bring their own cameras for pictures with Santa. The cost is $12 per child, $6 per adult. Advance registration is required before Dec. 6. To register, call (636) 939-2386, ext. 1400; use the Rec-Connect online registration service or sign up in person at the St. Peters Rec-Plex.]
The annual Wentzville Holiday Night Lights display at Rotary Park, 2577 W Meyer Road in Foristell, opens on Nov. 25. Experience the magic and joy of a winter wonderland as you drive through a one-mile light display featuring large, illuminated commercial scenes and tunnels of twinkling lights. Admission is $8 for vehicles holding up to six passengers, plus $1 per additional passenger. The display is open from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Nov. 25-27, Dec. 1-4, Dec. 8-11, Dec. 15-24 and Dec. 26-30.
For one-night only, visitors can stroll through the Wentzville Holiday Night Lights display in Rotary Park. On Dec. 5, from 5-8 p.m., visitors can experience the one-mile light display at a slower pace. After walking the illuminated route, guests are welcome to enjoy refreshments and visit with Santa. Admission is $3 in advance and $5 at the door, per person. The inclement weather date is Dec. 6. For more information, contact the city’s Parks and Recreation Department at (636) 332-9236 or visit www.wentzvillemo.org.