Santa and his elves bring North Pole magic to Saint Charles’ Historic Main Street as part of the annual St. Charles Christmas Traditions festival now through Sunday, Dec. 24. Visitors can step inside the historic Katy Depot in Frontier Park and find themselves transported to Santa’s Cottage and Train Land. Stop in to have your photo taken with Santa, visit with his elves and explore the magic of Santa’s Train Land courtesy of the Frenchtown Heritage Museum.
The Holiday Toy Train Display is now through Jan. 30 at the Heritage Museum, 1630 Heritage Landing in St. Charles. The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. The entire family can enjoy the three holiday-themed model trains. Call the museum at (636) 255-6000 for more information.
A Holiday Party Dance is from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15 at St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre, 1 St. Peters Centre Blvd. The dance features music by Juke Box Productions. Bring your own food and snacks. Soda available for purchase. Tickets are $7 per person at the door; $6 for those with a St. Peters Resident Privilege Card or a Cultural Arts Centre membership card. Visit stpetersmo.net for more.
Young People’s Theatre production of “The Nutcracker” is Friday through Sunday, Dec. 15-17 at St. Charles Community College, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in Cottleville. Hours are: 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit stchastickets.universitytickets.com or call (636)922-8233.
A New Year’s Eve Lock-In is from 7 p.m.-7 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31 at St. Peters Rec-Plex, 5200 Mexico Road. Children ages 8-13 can swim, ice skate, play games and hang out, and purchase items from the food court. There will be adult supervision. Each child must be registered in advance. Late registrations will be accepted until 1 p.m. on Dec. 31. For more information and for a parental authorization form, visit stpetersmo.net.
Santa’s Magical Kingdom is open nightly from 5:30-10:30 p.m., including all holidays, through Jan. 7 at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Eureka. A drive-through holiday light display featuring animated scenes, special effects and more than four million lights. Photos with Santa, train and wagon rides, Kringle’s General Store and the Stack Santa’s Sack toy drive add to the holiday fun. Toys will be donated to the Salvation Army. Admission is $22 per car, truck or van; $30 for larger vehicles. Admission for wagon and train rides is $13 per person and includes admission to the kingdom; reservations are encouraged. For reservations, call (636) 938-5925; visit SantasMagicalKingdom.com for details.
Pizza with Santa is from 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16 at Civic Annex, 410 E. Elm St. in O’Fallon. Join Santa for games, crafts, pizza and beverages. Parents and grandparents, don’t forget to bring a camera for that special shot with Santa. For more information, visit ofallon.mo.us.
Sundays with Santa are from 9-11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17 at the Foundry Art Center, 520 N. Main Center in St. Charles. Continental breakfast served. Photos with Santa, carols and holiday crafts. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at foundryartcentre.org. Space is limited.