Ice Skating at Forest Park 

Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park is one of the largest outdoor ice skating rinks in the Midwest where families can come and skate regardless of the weather. Steinberg is open all days of the week, and your admission is good for the entire day. If all that skating makes you tired, check out the cafe full of delicious meals and warm treats! Find out more here. 

Winterfest Ice Rink

The Winterfest Ice Rink offers skaters one of the best views of St. Louis! Perched in the heart of the city, the rink overlooks the Arch and Capitol Building. While you can pay to rent skates, admission to the rink itself is free. The Winterfest Ice Rink also hosts a variety of family events including Thursday character nights, winter tournaments, and theme nights. You can visit their website and find out more about their schedule here. 

Winter Celebration at the Art Museum

The St. Louis Art Museum is hosting a weekend-long event December 8-9 where families can come in and learn about holiday traditions around the world. Families can watch performances, listen to storytellers, create art of their own, and decorate cookies. It’s an educational experience people of all ages can enjoy! Find out more here.

The Polar Express Ride 

Based off the popular book and movie, Union Station offers families the chance the experience the magic of The Polar Express for themselves! Passengers board real trains to take off on a trip to the North Pole to meet Santa. On the way, they’re treated to carols, hot chocolate and cookies, and a reading of the classic book. Those who want to stay in the magic for a little longer can book a Magical Meal at Union Station and stay at the hotel overnight. Purchase your ticket here!

Light Displays

Wild Lights at the St. Louis Zoo

The St. Louis Zoo is treasured throughout the city for good reason! While it’s always a year-round delight for the entire family, after Thanksgiving, the zoo shines a little brighter thanks to its light display. With over one million lights, different animal displays, numerous fire pits, and winter crafts, children of all ages are sure to have a great time! On the weekends, the zoo brings in carolers as well as live entertainment. Find tickets here!

Way of Lights

The Shrine at Our Lady of the Snow in Belleville hosts a light display every year covering its mile-and-a-half trail. While families can drive around and view the lights and famous nativity scene from the comfort of their own cars, there are also plenty of activities throughout including Lego displays and camel rides. You can find out more here!

Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park

Tilles Park hosts a yearly light display with millions of Christmas lights and various holiday scenes. While the park allows drive-throughs and walks throughout the week, on Saturdays, it offers carriage rides, giving you the perfect view of the spectacle. If you’re feeling chilly, the park sells hot chocolate and other holiday treats to help you stay warm. Remember to bring cash since cards are not accepted! Find out more here

Garden Glow

The Missouri Botanical Gardens becomes even more majestic with its annual Garden Glow every year. While its lights might be the main attraction this time of year, the Gardens also feature a train and flower show visitors of all ages are sure to love. Enjoy festive drinks and s’mores while seeing one of St. Louis’s greatest treasures on full display! Click here to find out more. 

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