The Real Life STL Guide for the best weekend events in St. Louis from Thursday, December 18 through Sunday, December 21.
The Ugly Sweater Run: A 5K happening in cities all over the US to benefit Save The Children. You are encouraged to wear the ugliest holiday sweater you can find to the Merriest 5K on the Planet. Join thousands of runners and walkers and burn some calories before receiving hot chocolate and a choice of Sam Adam’s Winter Lager, Boston Lager, or Angry Orchard Hard Cider. The run is approximately 3.1 miles long. The start line will have huge inflatables, photo stations, and awesome holiday music. Once you’re on the course, you’ll find holiday themed stations at every mile, where you can replenish with good ol’ fashioned hot chocolate. Stay after the run and join the post run festivities including one free Sam Adams beer and other holiday goodies. Awards for best real mustache, best fake mustache, best beard, worst sweater, best sweater will follow the race. In addition, each runner receives a custom vintage knit hat and drawstring bag. Registration is $35 in advance or $40 day of.
Date: Saturday, Dec 20
Place: Forest Park – 5595 Grand Dr
Downtown Diva Night: An exciting ladies night out in Downtown Belleville. Registration is $5, and guests will receive a Diva Bag and a passport. Belleville has a variety of restaurants, bars, and shops featuring clothing, shoes, jewelry, and art. Stop at any 7 businesses and get your passport stamped. Treat yourself or a friend with something from one of the many specialty shops. At 8pm, once your passport is completed, return to Club Escapade for the after party and Grand Prize drawing to be held. Bring a friend or two and enjoy an evening out!
Date: Dec 18
Place: Downtown Belleville – Main St
A Christmas Story: The Musical: The hilarious account of Ralphie’s desperate quest to ensure that the most perfect of gifts ends up under his tree this Christmas is here in musical form. This new Broadway musical is based on the classic 1983 movie, which itself was based on stories by legendary radio humorist Jean Shepherd. With songs both funny and heartfelt by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, and a faithful yet inventive book by Joseph Robinette, A Christmas Story captures holiday wonder with such deliciously wicked wit that it is sure to delight children and grown-ups alike. Tickets range from $25 to $80.
Date: Dec 16-Jan 4
Time: Times vary
Place: The Fox – 527 N Grand
Friday & Saturday
The Nutcracker: A holiday tradition in St. Louis, with 10 performances of the classic in late December. Music by Peter Tchaikovsky. Choreographed by Director, Gen Horiuchi, this version, on the vast Touhill stage, incorporates spectacular effects such as glitter, smoke and pyrotechnics as well as new effects and choreography each year to make it more exciting for audiences. This magical adventure, appropriate for all ages, features the professional company along with students from the St. Louis Ballet School – and special surprise guests. In addition to the performances, you can attend A Sugar Plum Fairy Luncheon on Dec 20, 22, 23 at 12:30pm,meet the cast and take photos, or a Nutcracker Dinner with Santa on the 19th or 20th at 5:30pm.
Date: Dec 18-23
Time: Times vary
Place: Touhill Performing Arts Center – 1 University Blvd
Celebrate The Holidays at Third Friday: Relax near the glow of 2000 degree glass! Bring your friends, your date or your family, and don’t forget your holiday spirit. Give a unique gift – a glass blown ornament – limited edition pieces signed and dated by their artists. Enjoy the “Fine Art Selection” gallery by the St. Louis Artist Guild. Make your own last minute holiday gifts. Enjoy live music by Rosewood Band and fire spinning by St. Louis Fire Technicians. Try the Signature cocktail: A soothing Peppermint Hot Chocolate. Food will be available for purchase from Mission Taco Joint, including Roasted Duck Tacos, Beef Brisket, Birria Tacos, Wild Mushroom Tamales, and Guacamole and Chips.
Date: Dec 19
Place: Third Degree Glass Factory – 5200 Delmar
Ugly Christmas Sweater Party: PBR Bar & Howl at the Moon are hosting ugly sweater parties this Friday. Bring your hideous, most horrendous, fugliest Christmas sweater and you could win $100. Potentially $200 if you win at both bars. Wearing your ugly sweater gets you free entry and a koozie. At PBR, there will be free bull rides, Christmas cocktails, and Santa and his sexy elves will make an appearance. At Howl at the Moon, you can enjoy drink specials. $4 Heineken & Heineken Light, $6 Jingle Bombs, and $20 Cousin Eddie 86 oz Punch Buckets. Plus enjoy talented musicians providing the tunes at their pianos, as usual.
Date: Dec 19
Place: Ballpark Village – 601 Clark Ave
Schlafly Winter Market & Holiday Fair: The perfect time to shop for holiday meals and to get great gifts at the same time. Check out items from local artisan and crafters. The farmers market goes until noon only, while the Holiday Fair continues under the Bottleworks pavilion until 2pm. Along with wonderful farmers and food vendors, we expect the following artisans: Amanda Doyle (author), A Tiny Moth, August Love, Beqi Clothing, Catherine Baublite, Dottie Q, Genevieve Esson, Hot Skillet Farms, Loop Dee Doo, Newberry Furniture, O-Live Land, the ReTrailer, Ruby’s Secret Stash, South City Studio, Strange Overtones, Tiny Little Monster, Waldorf School of St. Louis and Wire Dance Designs. To make this event even more irresistible, we’ll be serving brunch starting at 9am. Enjoy a Coffee Stout or a Bloody Mary while shopping.
Date: Dec 20
Time: 8:30am – 2pm
Place: Schlafly Bottleworks – 7260 Southwest Ave
1864 St. Louis Holiday Ball: The National Park Service invites guests to take in the sights and sounds of winters past with Historic Holiday Traditions at the Old Courthouse. At the annual series, the Old Courthouse Rotunda will be decked in authentic Victorian decor and guests are invited to experience holiday music, food and dancing from eras in St. Louis’ history. From 9 to 11am, enjoy a dance workshop led by Deborah Hyland featuring 1864’s most popular dance steps; from 12 to 4 pm, enjoy a performance by Independent Silver Band. Historic characters of St. Louis past will also be in attendance. This is a free event.
Date: Dec 20
Place: Old Courthouse – 11 N 4th St
Braggin Rights: A heated rivalry steeped in tradition, warm holiday spirit and loud, passionate fans holding the hottest tickets in town make the annual Bud Light Braggin’ Rights Game presented by State Farm Insurance the highlight of the basketball season. The Illinois Fighting Illini and the Missouri Tigers celebrate the 34th anniversary of what has become one of the best rivalries in all of college basketball at Scottrade Center. There are not many tickets left. Tickets start at around $60.
Date: Dec 20
Place: Scottrade Center
BandTogether Holiday Concert: Get into the spirit of the season with BandTogether, a group of over 100 musicians and performers organized into a Concert Band, a Marching Band, and Colorguard as they bring you a concert straight from Tinseltown. You’ll hear music from “The Polar Express,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Meet Me in St. Louis,” and more as they celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. As an added bonus, the BandTogether Color Guard will be performing a “Mean Girls” inspired flag and dance routine at intermission.
Date: Dec 20
Place: The 560 Music Center – 560 Trinity Ave
Rams vs Giants: While we may have lost against the Cardinals in last Thursday’s game, but the away game loss comes after two back-to-back shut-outs, so we’re ready to beat the NY Giants this Sunday on home turf. In addition to a great game, we also have delicious new concessions to look forward to at the dome this football season. Some of the new vendors include: Gus’ Pretzels, Crown Candy, Sugarfire Smokehouse, Strange Donuts, and my favorite, The Peacemaker, which will serve Oyster Po’Boys. Starting at 4pm before the game, head to Ballpark Village to pre-game. Enjoy live music, yard games, Bloody Mary’s, Tengo Sed, all you can eat burgers and hot dogs and domestic drafts for $35, and Follow The Herd Drum Line to the game.
Date: Dec 21
Place: Edward Jones Dome & Ballpark Village Pre-game
A Christmas Hoedown: A comical interactive Christmas mystery. The whole gang is assembled as the mystery is unraveled. A list of usual characters/suspects will interact in a way not previously witnessed at the Grand Opera House and you can be a part of the action. Try to super sleuth the crowd and those around your table as you demonstrate your ability to assemble all the pieces and expose the killer, the true killer. Tickets are $66.75 per person, meal included. Menu includes: Tenderloin tips and chicken piccata, potato & vegetables, dessert, one complimentary glass of wine, draft beer, or mixed drink.
Date: Dec 21
Place: Grand Opera House – 311 N Main St
Don’t forget to check out Holiday Lights in St. Louis. There are so many amazing displays to choose from.