STL Weekend Events: December 15-18 ft. Holiday Events

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This week’s edition of the St. Louis Weekend Events Guide from RealLifeSTL features plenty of holiday cheer. Check out great holiday events downtown at Union Station and Peabody Opera House, in the Central West End for a Window Walk or out in St. Charles at the Family Arena.

St. Louis also is proud to host the Gateway Dirt Nationals at America’s Center. More a St. Louis Blues fan yourself? You don’t want to miss the Blood, Sweat and Cheers exhibit at St. Louis Public Library’s Central Library branch downtown.

St. Louis Weekend Events For Thursday, December 15th through Sunday, December 18th, 2016



Holidays at Union Station: This holiday attraction features the North Pole Village with Santa’s workshop, a hands-on experience for children and parents, complete with a certificate of completion in Elf Academy and hot chocolate and Christmas cookie. Glacier Park features a light and fountain show synchronized to Christmas songs. The North Pole Lodge features a state-of-the-art 3D light show in the Grand Hall, and Santa’s Express, a fun holiday train ride.

Date: Nov 18-Dec 30 (excluding Christmas)
Time: Times vary per attraction
Place: Union Station – 1820 Market St

St. Louis Blues: The Blues play the New Jersey Devils on Thursday and the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday, the 18th. Saturday’s game is exciting because the first 10,000 fans will receive a St. Louis Blues Yearbook.

Date: Thursday, December 15 & 17
Time: Thurs: 6:30, Sat: 7pm
Place: Scottrade Center

50 Years of Blood, Sweat and Cheers: A tribute to the St. Louis Blues and their fans. Join us to celebrate 50 years of St. Louis Blues Hockey in St. Louis! Fans and players have generously donated memorabilia, including jerseys, sticks, programs and ticket stubs. The Carnegie Room on the 3rd floor will display the donated items from December 5, 2016 through March 4, 2017 during regular Library hours. The Great Hall will display some of the old dasher boards from years gone by.

Date: Saturday, December 5-March 4
Time: 5pm
Place: St. Louis Public Library-1301 Olive St

Gateway Dirt Nationals: The Dome at America’s Center will play host to the biggest indoor stock car event in 34 years with December’s Gateway Dirt Nationals, a mega-event for Dirt Late Models and Open-Wheel Modifieds on a temporary fifth-mile, semi-banked oval racetrack on the floor of the massive facility. GA tickets are $25. Pit passes are $40-$60.

Date: December 15-17
Time: Thurs: 8am-120pm, Fri & Sat: 11am-10pm
Place: The Dome – 701 Convention Plaza

Ho Ho Show: The second to last Ho Ho Show put on each year by 105.7 The Point. This show features Bastille with Lews Del Mar as the opener. Bastille is a band put together by London-based singer/songwriter Dan Smith. The band’s achievements include nominations for four BRIT Awards (they walked away with the coveted British Breakthrough Act gong), a Grammy nomination, two nominations from the American Music Association awards, and a Teen Choice Award in the US for Best Rock Song. Tickets start at $22.

Date: Friday, December 16
Time: 7:30pm
Place: Peabody Opera House – 1400 Market St

Mussel and Scallop Festival: BOB’s last food festival of the year. This delicious festival always has a big turnout so get there early. The team of chefs will create over 10 dishes of apps and entrees for your feasting pleasure! Items include: Andouille and mussel chowder, balckened mussels, scallop crudo, cajun love mussels, tempura scallop tacos, bacon-wrapped scallops, and more. Yum! Live music from Old Capital, Miss Molly Simms, and Cara Louise Band on Friday, and by Old Salt Union and Clusterpluck.

Date: December 16 & 17
Time: Fri: 6-11pm, Sat: 1-11pm
Place: Broadway Oyster Bar – 736 S Broadway

Mussel and Scallop Festival at Broadway Oyster Bar in St. Louis
You don’t want to miss the Mussel and Scallop Festival at Broadway Oyster Bar in St. Louis.

12 Bars of Charity: The largest pub crawl in St. Louis to support local charities! Tickets are $35 and the purchase includes: a $10 donation to the charity of your choice, an official 12 Bars of Charity sweatshirt, 1/2 priced drink specials at participating locations, shuttle pass. Bars include: Big Daddy’s Soulard, Social House, Bobby’s Place, PBR, Molly’s, Flannery’s Good Luck Bar & Grill, FOX Midwest Sports Live!, Hair of the Dog, BrewHouse, Howl at the Moon, Duke’s, Lucas Park, Wheelhouse, Start Bar, Rosalita’s, Llywelyn’s, Johnny’s, D’s Place, Great Grizzly, Over/Under, flying Saucer, Drunken Fish. There is no start or end point for the pub crawl, start and end where you please, as shuttles run a continuous loop around the bars. Must have wristband to ride shuttles and receive drink specials. The 12 Bars of St. Louis is the city’s largest pub crawl attracting over 13,000 attendees & raising more than $120,000 for local charity in only four years!

Date: Saturday, December 17
Time: 8pm
Place: participating bars


St. Louis Symphony Mercy Holiday Celebration: Glad tidings we bring this holiday season at the fantastically decorated Powell Hall! Join the St. Louis Symphony conducted by Steven Jarvi with vocalist Nicole Parker and Holiday Festival Chorus directed by Kevin McBeth, for a concert full of timeless holiday classics and, of course, a special visit with jolly ol’ St. Nick! Photos with Satna will be taken by Fun Photo Events. See why over 11,000 St. Louisans make this their annual holiday tradition.

Date: Friday, December 16
Time: 2pm
Place: Powell Hall – 718 N Grand

The Nutcracker: Artistic Director Gen Horiuchi brings the classic holiday tale The Nutcracker to life with the talents of the professional ballet dancers of Saint Louis Ballet. First performed in St. Petersburg, Russia more than 100 years ago, it is based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s 1816 tale The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Horiuchi’s version, on the vast Touhill stage, incorporates spectacular effects such as glitter, smoke and pyrotechnics and welcomes the holidays in grand style.
The Nutcracker is a magical adventure for the whole family. Young Clara’s mischievous uncle, Herr Drosselmeyer, concocts a fantasy world for Clara, replete with growing Christmas tree and a Nutcracker doll that comes to life and battles a Mouse King. The defeat of the Mouse King brings a fantastic sleigh ride through falling snow and dancing snowflakes. Clara’s visit to the Land of Sweets is a showcase of dancing treats presented by the Sugar Plum Fairy herself.

Date: December 18-23
Time: ThursL 7pm, Fri & Sat: 2:30 & 7pm, Sun: 12:30 & 4:30pm
Place: Touhill Performing Arts Center

CWE 7th Annual Window Walk: Window Walk highlights the many wonderful attributes of the holidays in the CWE — shopping at boutiques, enjoying seasonal libations, great meals at local restaurants and strolling amidst elegantly decorated windows. Activities include street entertainment, strolling carolers, special discounts at participating businesses, food and drink offerings including s’mores, kettle corn and roasted chestnuts, clowns, carriage rides and more. Live music by Mario y Julio, Mango Jay, the Landolfi Quartet and a brass ensemble, an ice carving competition in the Consulate Building parking lot, children’s activities at Maryland Plaza, and Tree lighting at Maryland Plaza.

Date: Saturday, December 17
Time: 1-5pm
Place: Central West End

COCA Winter Voice Concert: Allegro and Adagio, COCA’s Pre-Professional Division vocal music companies, bring an energizing repertoire of musical theatre, pop and winter classics to the stage. Solo performances by alumni including Christina Ramirez, recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award, as well as alumni dancers, highlight this year’s concert. Tickets are $10.

Date: Saturday, December 17
Time: 5-6:30pm
Place: COCA – 524 Trinity Ave


Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular: CIRQUE MUSICA HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR is a fun filled family holiday event featuring the cast of Cirque Musica together with all-time favorite holiday songs performed by a live St. Louis Symphony orchestra. Cirque Musica is a concert and visual experience where audiences journey into a world of high-flying adventure with amazing acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and holiday cheer, too! The show blends the spell-binding grace and daredevil athleticism of today’s greatest circus performers with the sensory majesty of the greatest holiday music of all time.

Date: Thursday, December 15
Time: 7:30pm
Place: St. Charles Family Arena


92.3 WIL’s Jinglefest: 92.3 WIL proudly presents JingleFest on December 16th. The 14th annual concert highlights the best and brightest new stars from Nashville and will feature performances by Chase Rice, Maren Morris, and Kane Brown. As a supporting act in 2014, Chase Rice returns to the JingleFest stage this year as the headliner. With top 5 singles “Ready Set Roll” and “Gonna Wanna Tonight” in 2015 and a new music in 2016 including “Everyone We Know Does”, Rice has said JingleFest is “one of the coolest shows I can look back on my career and say that I’ve done…The most fun I’ve ever had on an arena show!” Rounding out the lineup are newcomers Maren Morris and Kane Brown, both of whom continue to quickly gain steam in Nashville. Morris is coming off her number 1 single “My Church” and was recently nominated for 4 Grammys, and Brown has almost 16 million views on Youtube and counting every day.

Date: Friday, December 16
Time: 7pm
Place: St. Charles Family Arena

Kenny G: In a recording career that spans almost three decades and 23 albums, Grammy® Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G has grafted elements of R&B, pop, and Latin to a jazz foundation solidifying his reputation as the premiere artist in contemporary jazz. Since the early ‘80s, his combination of unparalleled instrumental chops and indelible melodies has resulted in sales of more than 75 million records worldwide (45 million in the U.S. alone) and more than a dozen climbs to the top of Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart. Tickets start at $59.50.

Date: Saturday, December 17
Time: 8pm
Place: Lindenwood Theater

Y98 Mistletoe Show: Y98 in St. Louis will host The Fray, O.A.R., Colbie Caillat, and Wrabel, at the annual Y98 MISTLETOE SHOW on Saturday, December 17 at 7pm at the St. Charles Family Arena. Tickets start at $9.81.

Date: Saturday, December 17
Time: 7pm
Place: St. Charles Family Arena

St. Charles County Symphony Christmas Concert: The St. Charles County Symphony presents an Evening of Christmas Music, both traditional favorites, and new arrangements of those familiar tunes. Tickets are $10.

Date: December 17 & 18
Time: Sat: 2pm, Sun: 6pm
Place: St. Peter’s Cultural Arts Center & First Baptist Church of St. Charles

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