St. Louis is always a family-friendly destination, but especially during the holiday season. The Gateway City’s calendar is packed in November and December with fun winter festivities, parades and performances, exciting activities (indoors and out), spectacular shopping, and lots and lots of lights. Here’s how to make your trip to St. Louis merry and bright.

Fun Festivities
Ameren Missouri Festival of Lights: Kick off the holiday season with a tree lighting, fireworks, and music at the Ameren Missouri Festival of Lights on November 17 at Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis. The Winterfest at the Arch ice-skating rink also opens on-site during the festival too.

Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade: More than 130 entries will roll east along Market Street in the 34th edition of the Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade. Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark is an ideal base for both the parade and the Festival of Lights.

St. Charles Christmas Traditions: Carolers, Santa parades, and dance parties are just a few of the merry activities among the shops and restaurants on historic Main Street during St. Charles Christmas Traditions from November 23 to December 24. Stay near the action at the Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Louis St. Charles.

The Polar Express Train Ride: Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, and carols as you head to the North Pole aboard The Polar Express Train Ride, from November 16 to December 30 at St. Louis Union Station, also home of the St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton.

Steinberg Skating Rink: Forest Park is home to Steinberg Skating Rink, a St. Louis wintertime tradition and one of the largest outdoor ice-skating rinks in the Midwest. It’s open November 9 to February 28.

Lafayette Square Holiday Parlor Tour: Nearly a dozen stunning Victorian homes along historic Lafayette Square open their doors to visitors during the Lafayette Square Holiday Parlor Tour on December 9.

Performances
Christmas at the Cathedral: Enjoy a feast for the eyes and ears at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, home to one of the world’s largest mosaics. During Christmas at the Cathedral on December 1–2, the St. Louis Archdiocese Choirs and Orchestra perform seasonal music in this inspirational setting.

Holiday Shows at The Fabulous Fox: The grandeur of The Fabulous Fox theater is matched onstage by a trio of holiday shows: Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker on December 2–3, A Magical Cirque Christmas on December 4, and A Christmas Carol from December 6–9. Home2Suites by Hilton St. Louis/Forest Park is near both the basilica and The Fabulous Fox.

Holiday Lights
Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights: See this historic local landmark in a new light during Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights, Thursdays through Sundays from November 16-30. Feast on s’mores and free beer samples and snap selfies from the ice rink or biergarten.

Garden Glow: The Missouri Botanical Garden is abloom with holiday lights during Garden Glow, from November 17 to January 1.

Tilles Park Winter Wonderland: Walk, ride, or trot your way past more than a million lights at the Tilles Park Winter Wonderland from November 21 to December 30. It’s a short drive from the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac.

Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo: Whimsical animal-themed light installations keep the real animals company during Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo from November 23 to December 30. The Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park is close to both the zoo and garden.

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags: Stroll past 350 illuminated trees as you check out seasonal shows and treats during Holiday in the Park at Six Flags from November 23 to January 1.

Indoor Activities
St. Louis Blues: Catch the St. Louis Blues on their home ice at Enterprise Center in downtown St. Louis.

Forest Park museums: Explore the cultural hubs of St. Louis with stops at the Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis Science Center, and Missouri History Museum. Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park is close to all three.

Shopping Destinations

Maplewood: Foodies will find sensational stocking stuffers in the artisanal shops and cafes of Maplewood.

St. Louis Premium Outlets: Make short order of your shopping list at St. Louis Premium Outlets, near Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis/Chesterfield.

Stay close to the action and book with Hilton to take advantage of tons of St. Louis’s family-friendly holiday fun.

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