5 Things to do in St. Louis this Weekend: 12/13-12/15

KCS Holiday Express
Photo via http://www.stlouisunionstation.com.

Saturday, December 14
The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour is hitting Scottrade Center. Beyoncé, the wife of Jay-Z and former Destiny’s Child lead singer, has been performing for more than 15 years and has won 17 Grammy Awards and sold over 118 million records as a solo artist. The concert starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are going between $45-$250. http://www.ticketmaster.com/the-mrs-carter-show-world-tour-st-louis-missouri-12-14-2013/event/06004ACC89D44BE8

KCS’ Holiday Express Train
Saturday, December 14
Now in its 13th year, the KCS’ Holiday Express is making its annual stop at St. Louis Union Station from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. The six-car train brings Santa and his elves to communities throughout the country. Come tour the inside of the holiday-themed train that includes Santa’s sleigh, the reindeer, the elves’ workshop, the gingerbread box car and the little red caboose. While waiting, guests can visit a petting zoo, watch ice sculptures being carved and take in the holiday music and festivities. The event is free. http://www.stlouisunionstation.com/event/the-kcs-holiday-train/2145423736

1813 St. Louis Holiday at the Old Courthouse
Saturday, December 14
Take in Christmas like the early St. Louis settlers experienced it 200 years ago. At noon, the La Pettis Chanteurs will perform French holiday music. The Booneslick Strings will perform at 1 p.m. and then Deborah Hyland will give dance instructions on the most popular dances of the early 19th century. Food historian Suzanne Corbett will also present a display of treats using recipes that were popular during the 1813 holiday season. The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. and is free. https://www.downtownstl.org/Play/EventsCalendar.aspx?eventID=3369

St. Louis Symphony – Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
Saturday, December 14-Sunday, December 15
For the first time ever, the STL Symphony is performing the sounds of Mannheim Steamroller at Powell Hall. With beautiful classics like “Carol of the Bells, “Silent Night,” “Deck the Halls” and many more, this has to be one of the can’t-miss holiday performances of the season. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday with tickets ranging from $30-$75. http://www.stlsymphony.org/calendar/view.aspx?id=4021

St. Louis Hot Chocolate 15/5K
Sunday, December 15
Take part in “America’s sweetest race!” Both races start at 7:30 a.m. at Soldier’s Memorial (1315 Chestnut Street). But really, the best part is the finish, where runners are treated to a post-race party of music, a family friendly kid zone with bounce houses and games and a finisher’s mug filled with delicious hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and other treats. Registration for the 5K is $50 and $72 for the 15K. http://www.hotchocolate15k.com

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