Holiday tree lightings and other free events (Nov. 21-Dec. 5)

November 16, 2008

Today’s post is a quick, very-uncomprehensive list of the tree-lighting events around the region. Enjoy!

Friday, Nov. 21: Macy’s Holiday Festival of Lights
Kiener Plaza, downtown St. Louis, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Tree lighting, fireworks display, musical performances, Robin Smith of KMOV reading Twas the Night Before Christmas, and a visit from Santa, who’ll lead the crowd to Macy’s for photos, cookies, hot chocolate and coffee. http://www.christmasinstlouis.org/festival_of_lights.html

Friday, Nov. 21: Holiday Tree Lighting
St. Louis County Memorial Park at 41 S. Central, Clayton, 5-8 p.m.
Tree lighting, dance and chorale performances with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. 314.615.7086

Saturday, Nov. 22: Kirkwood Holiday Walk
Kirkwood Train Station and downtown merchants, Kirkwood, 10 a.m.
Santa and Mrs. Claus, carolers and choirs, the Lucille Rapp Tumblers and Dancers, free coffee, cookies, hot dogs and hot chocolate, plus special offerings from area merchants displaying a wreath. http://www.downtownkirkwood.com/holiday-walk.asp

Friday, Nov. 28: St. Charles Christmas Traditions Festival
Kister Park gazebo at 400 S. Main St., St. Charles, 11 a.m.
Santa and Mrs. Claus, Lewis and Clark Drum and Fife Corps, actors in historical costumes, carolers, Santas from around the world, children’s activities throughout the day and the hanging of greens. The festival continues weekends and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings through Dec. 24. http://www.stcharleschristmas.com

Friday, Dec. 5: Clayton Holiday Celebration
Downtown Clayton, 6-8 p.m.
Carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, chestnuts roasting on open fire and the finale: a fireworks display at 8 p.m. in Shaw Park. 314.802.7763 (Free horse-drawn carriage rides also on Thursdays Dec. 4, 11 and 18 at Maryland and Central avenues from 6-8 p.m. 314.290.8544)

Friday, Dec. 5: Soulard Fête de Noël
Soulard Market Park Square, 5:30 p.m.
Holiday tree lighting with carols by childrens’ choirs, Santa in a horse-drawn carriage and hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps. http://www.soulard.org

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