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The Pet-acular Holiday Bazaar is a family-friendly event especially for dogs and kids! This St. Louis-favorite returns to the state-of-the-art Purina Event Center the weekend of Dec. 14-15 and offers fun for all ages, including a Kids Activity Area and photos with Santa. Admission and parking are free, and no reservations are necessary. More »

Celebrate the season at the Saint Louis Art Museum with free performances and art activities inspired by traditions from around the world. Winter Celebrations includes music and dance performances from community organizations representing diverse global cultures, art activities for your little ones and much more during this two-day festival. More »

U.S. Bank Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo is back for another beautifully lit season. Your family can stroll through the Zoo grounds surrounded by a million lights! Visitors will see animated light displays, enjoy fireside stories, campfire s'mores, fun photo opportunities, the Conservation Carousel, the 4-D Theater featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and lots more in this enchanting holiday wonderland. Parking is free. More »

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and you can celebrate it by introducing your kids to some of your favorite classic holiday movies on the big screen! Movies in the Holiday Classics Retro Series at Marcus Theatres are back on the big screen, and tickets are just $6. More »

Join Santa and Mrs. Claus at this family and dog friendly brunch at The Boathouse in Forest Park. You'll enjoy all the traditional brunch and lunch favorites while grabbing photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoying kids activities. More »

Enjoy the iconic lights that adorn the Anheuser-Busch Brewery close up during walking tours (that are stroller-friendly). More »

Supper with Santa includes a pasta dinner, cookies and hot cocoa, a picture with Santa, a night stroll through the tropical conservatory, and Santa's Workshop stations, where kids can make fun crafts and act silly in the photo booth. After dinner, you'll visit Mrs. Claus's Cookie Kitchen for cookies and hot cocoa. Reservations are required. More »

Step inside the Tower Grove House at the Missouri Botanical Garden for nature-themed storytelling. Little ones will hear nature-themed stories in the cozy story corner of Henry Shaw's country home. More »

Polar bears and penguins don't mix, but your kiddos' batch of polar slime will at this fun winter sensory experience at Play Street Museum. Kids will learn about the arctic, make slime, and then enjoy playtime in the museum.  More »

Based on the 2018 Broadway Musical, Frozen Jr. brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life onstage! The show features all the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production. For all ages More »

Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast with Santa plus crafts and more at the Purina Farms Events Center during the Breakfast & Craft Workshop with Santa. The Breakfast & Craft Workshop takes place before the start of the popular Pet-acular Holiday Bazaar on Dec. 14 and 15.  Bring your cameras for photos with Santa, and enjoy holiday craft stations, face painting, balloon artists, magic tricks, and a pocket pet petting area with guinea pigs and rabbits. Pre-registration is required. Tickets will not be available at the door.  More »

This version of It's A Wonderful Life has a clever twist: the story is staged as a play within a play. More specifically, a 1940s live radio broadcast within a play. Complete with microphones, live sound effects by a Foley artist, 1940s period costumes and a diverse company of characters, the adaptation charmingly tells the story of George Bailey and the town of Bedford Falls and brilliantly touches on all the fascinating character backstories. The play also illuminates the powerful, life-affirming message that one life can change the whole fabric of a community. The show, recommended for ages 8 and up, is 50 minutes long, followed by 10 minutes of Q&A between the cast and audience. More »

At Breakast with Santa at Eckerts, your child can tell Santa their Christmas wishes, have their photo taken with him and decorate some holiday cookies while your whole family enjoys a farm-fresh breakfast.  More »

Your family can enjoy a gourmet, festive breakfast buffet complete with a visit from the man of the hour: Santa.  More »

It's U.S. Bank Wild Lights

Explore a one-of-a-kind holiday experience perfect for family and friends. Experience a nighttime, walk-through event surrounded by over one million lights. 

Take a family photo at one of our whimsical light displays. Visit Penguin & Puffin Coast and warm up in the Bayer Insectarium. Enjoy delicious holiday treats and specialty foods, plus spirit options for mom and dad. 

Come and visit the biggest and brightest holiday celebration of the year at the Saint Louis Zoo. Select nights, December 13-December 30, 5:30-8:30 p.m. For info, visit



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