Kicking off the Holiday Season With Family-Friendly St. Louis Events


You can find a whole season’s worth of holiday events in St. Louis!


As moms, we spend a lot of time gearing up for the holiday season and planning memorable events with our kids. If you’ve read my previous blogs, you’ll know that I love St. Louis and exploring all the local offerings of our city. Everyone has their favorite activities for the season, and I would love to share mine!


Brewery Lights

November 18 – December 30th

This is a family-friendly experience that allows you to enjoy the beauty of the brewery lights with some kids’ activities included. Tickets are $12, but kids 5 and under are free! Free drive thru nights are available Mon-Weds (excluding 11/22, 11/29, 12/4, 12/6, 12/12, 12/13) There is a kids zone for the little ones and complimentary beer for the adults. S’mores kits are also available for $8 to roast together at the fire pits!



Christmas Tree Farm at Ted Drewes

November 24 – December 24th

During the holidays, a St. Louis family favorite turns into a Christmas tree lot. Kids can enjoy hot chocolate while picking out a tree a little closer to home. This is also my favorite spot for fresh fragrant Christmas wreaths with gorgeous bows. I always get one for my front door each year!


Candy Cane Lane

Holiday season

This is a classic St. Louis holiday activity to drive or walk through Candy Cane Lane in St. Louis Hills. Elaborate decorations adorn each of the gingerbread style houses. It’s a little haven of holiday magic to get the kids excited for the season!


Maplewood Christmas Tree Walk

December 1

This is one of my favorite family events each year. Downtown Maplewood businesses stay open late to invite everyone to celebrate the lighting of the Maplewood Christmas tree. There are Santa visits, carriage rides, refreshments, and always a crowd of kids watching the train in the Scheidt Hardware display window.



Edwardsville Winter Market Festival

December 2

This looks like a wonderful festival! Small business shopping, a visit with Santa, free ornament decorating station, free s’mores kits for kids, and a Christmas tree lighting ceremony.


Polar Express Pancakes with Santa

Weekends November 18 – December 24

Polar Express is a popular holiday activity in St. Louis but did you know they also offer another activity on the weekends that’s pancakes with Santa! There are seating options at 8:30am and 10:00am which last one hour. The cost for this activity is $29 and tickets should be purchased in advance online.


Scuba Claus at the St. Louis Aquarium

Friday, November 24 and every Saturday and Sunday after that

After you are done with your Polar Express breakfast with Santa head over to the St. Louis Aquarium for a Scuba Claus viewing at 1:15pm on weekends. This activity is included in the admission price of $23 for adults and $17 for children. You can also buy combo tickets with other Union Station attractions such as the Wheel.


Eckert’s Belleville Farm

Weekends November 25 – December 23rd

There are so many things to enjoy with the family at Eckert’s Belleville Farm location this winter. You can ride the wagon out to choose your own Christmas tree or have breakfast with Santa for $25. Tickets are available in advance on the website. For the kids who love to help in the kitchen, they also have a Kids Cookie Class coming up on December 13th with tickets for $25.


MOBOT Garden Glow

November 18 – January 6th

The Missouri Botanical Garden is one of my favorite attractions in town. The Garden Glow is a beautiful lighting display to enjoy while you walk through the garden with family. MOBOT offers Family Nights on 11/22, 11/29, 12/6, and 12/13 with half price kids tickets for $5 and children under 3 are free!


U.S. Bank Wild Lights at the St. Louis Zoo

Select nights through December 30th

Lastly, Wild Lights at the St. Louis Zoo combines a little holiday joy to the magic of the zoo! Families can enjoy holiday displays while they observe their favorite animals. Winter themed treats are available and free crafts for kids. Tickets are $15 (under 2 is free) but the parking lot that is usually paid is available for free during this theme night. This year they are offering a sensory friendly night on December 11th as well!


No matter the season, St. Louis is rich in family-friendly activities with plenty of options for everyone!


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Haley Strebler
Haley was born and raised in small town Kansas. She moved to St. Louis after graduating from the University of Kansas to attend graduate school at Lindenwood. Her 2 year plan to live in St. Louis turned in 12 when she met her husband. They were married on home plate at Busch Stadium in 2015 and are parents to two girls, Presley (4) and Piper (7 months), Haley stared her career as a Certified Athletic Trainer working at high schools all throughout St. Louis. After returning to nursing school she was a Trauma ICU nurse for 5 years before taking on her current role as the Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator at a Level 1 Trauma Center. Outside of work Haley blogs about local food and businesses as part of the Yelp Elite Squad, volunteers for Make-A-Wish MoKan, and loves strength training and self care. Haley considers herself a “wrangler of tiny females”. She loves raising a strong willed preschooler who both challenges and amazes her. Haley loves living in St. Louis and feels it has so much to offer to inspire children and foster creativity. You can follow her at @mamastrebs.