Celebrate the Holidays with Fun Activities

Family and friends come together to celebrate the holidays each year. Many groups of people go to fun activities and events. Here are some great holiday activities and events to try:

U.S. Bank Wild Lights, St. Louis Zoo, November 13-December 30

According to explorestlouis.com, “If you have never walked through the zoo on a winter evening, don’t miss your chance. As you stroll through the zoo’s holiday wonderland, watch as exhibits come to life with thousands of colorful lights, animated displays and seasonal sounds. Kids can hear fireside holiday stories and go visit with penguins while parents shop the gift shops”.

There were many helpful reviews on stlzoo.com. One said, “It’s large, it’s chock full of highly visible animals and it’s FREE! It is absolutely perfect for families, couples, or anyone who are looking for fresh air and something interesting”.

Another review said, “We loved the U.S. Bank Wild Lights. The zoo staff was very helpful, and the wonderful weather didn’t hurt a bit. The lights were perfect for our young grandchildren, not too much, not too little. It was very entertaining”.

All of the reviews make this event sound awesome! Be there to have a wonderul time.

The Nutcracker Ballet Play, December 18-23

The show will be presented by the St. Louis Ballet at  Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center at UMSL .  The show introduces people to the world of ballet.

Way of Lights, November 20-January 1

According to explorestlouis.com, “Families from across the region will once again flock to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows for the annual Way of Lights Christmas display. This unique display features a mile and a half drive of over one million lights and displays that include life-size biblical statues taking visitors on a Journey to Bethlehem”.

Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park, November 25-January 2

Another event highlighted on explorestlouis.com is the Winter Wonderland. The park will have lots of light displays. The website states, “For 29 years, Telles Park in St. Louis County has been making memories for families across the region with it’s Winter Wonderland. The park is filled with millions of twinkling lights and various holiday scenes.”

Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden, November 21-January 2 (Wednesdays through Sundays)

The Missouri Botanical Garden at night will have hundreds of thousands of lights at Climatron, Kaeser Memorial Maze, the Central Axis and Tower Grove House. Explorestlouis.com describes this as, “Walkways will be transformed into an explosion of visual magic, while more traditional displays will delight crowds of all ages.”

Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park, All Days, Including the Holidays

Ice skating is fun for all members of the family no matter how old you are!

Journey to Bethlehem, December 5-6 and 12-14/5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

According to the harvesterchristian.org website, you can”take a journey back in time where you’ll encounter shepherds, angels, Roman soldiers, and Maji a you make your way to Bethlehem to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Experience the sights and sounds of the first century on a Journey you won’t forget”.  Admission is free. Journey to Bethlehem is a great experience and awesome for everyone. If you come to this event, I’m sure you’ll love it!

Christmas at Barnwell

Have a good time over the holidays no matter what you do. If you’re out of ideas for things to do over the holidays, please use this resource! There are many other activities, too. Merry Christmas, Barnwell, and Happy New Year!


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