Breakfast And/Or Dinner With Santa
The St. Louis Zoo in Forest Park
1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110
For many kids, the young and the slightly less young, the magic of the Christmas season is focused on the enchantment of Santa Claus. Indulge yourself in the mystery of this holiday hero by joining him at a sit-down dinner or breakfast. The St. Louis Zoo is serving up scrambled eggs and French toast along with potatoes and bacon, among other things, in the morning, and spaghetti, chicken parmesan and Caesar salads in the evening so that all good girls and boys will willingly eat their meals without a fuss. After you have cleaned your plate, meet Rudolph, Frosty and whisper your Christmas wish list in Santa’s ear. Breakfasts are served on Saturdays and Sundays beginning December 7 through 22, 2013, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Don’t be late for dinner beginning December 20 through 23 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Zoo members can reserve a seat for $21 per child and $23 for adults, and for non members, $22 for kids and $24 adults. Call for reservations.
Winter Wonderland At Tilles Park
9551 Litzsinger Road
St. Louis, MO 63124
Magical is just about the best way to describe the experience when you drive through Tilles Park during the holiday season. Why? Because Santa’s elves, or perhaps members of the Parks Department, have worked tirelessly to string millions of beautiful lights and build dozens of fabulous displays throughout the park to depict the splendor of the winter and holiday season. Load up the car and slowly cruise through the display or perhaps you might enjoy a brisk, open-air, horse-drawn carriage ride through the park. Either way, don’t miss this great St. Louis holiday tradition. Carriage rides cost between $65 for four people and up to $110 for 10, or a large group coach at $12 per person. Carriage ride tickets are available at Metrotix. If you prefer to enjoy the display by auto, admission ranges from $10 per family vehicle to $90 for a tour bus.
Santa’s Magical Kingdom
Near Six Flags
5300 Fox Creek Road
Pacific, MO 63069
Participation is required when you travel to Pacific, Missouri to enjoy Santa’s Magical Kingdom. Each holiday season, Jellystone Park transforms to a wonderland of family enjoyment and togetherness. The light displays are like none other and there is so much more. Train and wagon rides through the area are not to be missed as you visit the kingdom, and a trip through Kringle’s store is a must see. Don’t leave the kingdom without commemorating your visit. For $15.95, your family can get their picture taken with Santa daily between 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. The park is opens daily at 5:30 p.m. and admission ranges from $19 per family vehicle to $30 for tour busses.
2013 Christmas In Kimmswick
314 Market St.
Kimmswick, MO 63053
Most St. Louisans know of the wonderful community of Kimmswick and all of the wonderful activities, shopping and culinary delights that live there, but do they know about how it transforms during the holidays? Take a trip 20 miles south of the St. Louis area on highway 55 to Imperial, exit 186 and enter a quaint world that has holiday cheer to spread, including a Mrs. Claus’ workshop where you kids can make Christmas crafts and take the infamous Christmas Cookie Walk, which happens December 6 through 8, 2013. Pick up the Christmas Cookie Cookbook at the visitor center for $20 and then take your shopping bag along as you collect your cookie samples.
Augusta 31st Annual Christmas Walk
Augusta, MO 63332
Augusta, Missouri is well known as beautiful winery countryside, but during the holidays, it turns into a marvelous stroll through yesteryear. On December 6 and 13, 2013 at 5 p.m., this quaint winery town turns into a page from the Norman Rockwell era and lights its streets with 1,500 luminaries that welcome visitors to enjoy all of the holiday sights, smells and tastes Augusta has to offer. Christmas caroling and carriage rides are just some of the activities to experience on your visit. Take advantage of some Christmas shopping and then stop in for some music and dancing at Mount Pleasant Winery. Make a night of it and stay over at any of the town’s bed and breakfasts. Celebrating the holidays should always be this wonderful.
Lisa Payne-Naeger, a native of the St. Louis area, is a freelance writer, blogger, political activist and a homeschooling mother of two children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.