St. Louis holiday festival season starts this weekend



This holiday season really kicks into high gear this weekend in St. Louis as several free holiday lighting ceremonies are planned. Here’s a list of some of the best in the area in the coming week or two.

Anheuser-Busch Lighting Ceremony
4:45 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22
A favorite St. Louis tradition for 28 years, this year’s ceremony looks to be better than ever as it will feature new walking tours that start at the St. Louis Brewery Tour Center and wind through the brewery campus. The tour also includes live music, fire pits for roasting s’mores and, of course, complimentary seasonal beer samples. The lighting ceremony itself will take place at Bevo Circle. After that the holiday lights experience will be open every Friday and Saturday through Dec. 28 from 6-9 p.m. Admission is free and drive-through tours will be available Sunday through Thursday evenings from dusk to midnight from Nov. 24 to Dec. 26. http://newsroom.anheuser-busch.com/anheuser-busch-brewery-brings-new-and-improved-holiday-lights-experience-to-st-louis/

Macy’s Festival of Lights
4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22
Kick off the Christmas season at the May Ampitheater in Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis. The festival will include a Christmas village, some of St. Louis’ best food trucks and performances by the Moscow Ballet Nutcracker St. Louis Dancers, Salvation Army Brass Ensemble Grand Center Arts Academy Show Choir, the St. Louis Christmas Carols Association, muny Kids, Show-Me Sound and Rivertown Sound Quartet and a special appearance by Satan Claus. The tree lighting takes place at 6:25 followed by a fireworks display and John Beal After Party featuring Griffin & the Gargoyles. http://christmasinstlouis.org/festival-of-lights

St. Peters Tree Lighting
6:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22
This event, which is held at St. Peters City Hall, starts off with musical performances by the Childbloom Guitar Program of St. Charles County, the Fort Zumwalt East High School Orchestra, the St. Peters Choral Society and the Lindenwood Voices Only a capella group. After the music, Mayor Len Pagano and the Board of Aldermen will count down to the lighting of the tree and afterwards there will be a free showing of the Christmas classic, “The Santa Clause.” http://www.stpetersmo.net/article-detail-page.aspx?article=3414&articlegroup=682

St. Charles Christmas Traditions Festival
Nov. 29-Dec. 24
If you want a unique, old-fashioned holiday experience, it’s tough to beat downtown St. Charles. Take a stroll down Main Street and listen to music from the Victorian Carolers and the fife and drum corps. As you visit the various stores the street will be filled with over 30 characters playing Christmas legends and Santas from around the world. Each actor will be adorned in handcrafted clothing representing their heritage and handing out trading cards to visitors as keepsakes. This really is an experience you can’t get anywhere else! http://www.stcharleschristmas.com

Francis Park Christmas Tree Lighting
7-9 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 1
Come join Santa and St. Louis Cardinals mascot Fred Bird for the annual lighting of the gigantic tree at Nottingham Avenue in the historic St. Louis Hills neighborhood. There will be plenty to do with carolers, refreshments and horse-drawn sleigh rides. http://stlhills.com/events/christmas-tree-lighting/

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