Events Calendar
for the Middle Mississippi River Valley
   
The Middle Mississippi River Valley is home to hundreds of special events throughout the year. Unique festivals, country fairs, historical reenactments, nature activities, ands artists exhibitions are just some of the events that await visitors to the region. At any given time there is always something going on. The listings below are just a sampling of the events that are scheduled for this month and the next. Links are provided below the listings to the more comprehensive regional calendar pages. 
   




 
FEATURED ART EVENT

ANNUAL INDIAN
MARKET DAYS

Collinsville, IL
  November 28 - November 30, 2014
Friday: Noon - 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9 am - 5 pm
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
Vendors and American Indian artists will have jewelry, paintings, crafts, clothing, weavings, carvings, baskets, pottery, sculpture and more for sale.
Free
For more information call 618-346-5160
Art groups up and down the Middle Mississippi River Valley host a variety of festivals and special events that showcase that great art and artists that call the region home. Events range from monthly one night exhibits, juried events, fairs in small town communities, arts and crafts fairs, festivals that contain an artists component and more. View the Art Events and Festivals Calendar.
FEATURED ART EXHIBIT

ART EXHIBIT
St. Louis, MO
  Through December 14, 2014
Tuesday - Sunday: 11 am - 4 pm, Closed on national holidays
Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, 3700 West Pine Blvd., St. Louis University Campus
Rebecca Niederlander: Axis Mundi: MOCRA's first site-specific installation, created by Los Angeles-based artist Rebecca Niederlander, will utilize multiple elements in 2D, 3D, and 4D to create an abstracted environment of color, form, and contemplative space exploring the necessary connection among ourselves, others, and the world around us.
Free. A suggested offering of $5 for adults and $1 for students and children is appreciated.
For more information call
314-977-7170
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The Middle Mississippi River Valley is home to a number of venues that are the home to ongoing exhibits that change periodically. The venues range from small galleries operated by local artists to more larger museums maintained by universities and communities. View the Ongoing Art Exhibits Calendar.
FEATURED EVENT OR EXHIBIT

SHERLOCK HOLMES
St. Louis, MO
  Through January 4, 2015
Monday - Saturday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Open late on select Thursdays!
St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Avenue

The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes brings this world to life as never before as you step into Conan Doyle’s Victorian London and work side-by-side with his legendary detective.  You will become Holmes’ eyes and ears as he tackles a baffling new case in a world steeped in innovation and experimentation. Along the way you’ll see a dazzling array of original manuscripts, publications, period artifacts, film and television props and costumes.  You’ll learn to use investigative tools and techniques from Holmes himself, and test yourself with exciting, interactive crime-solving opportunities.
Admission
For more information call
314-289-4400 or 800-456-7572
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The Middle Mississippi River Valley is home to a number of venues that are the home to ongoing events that that last for a period of time. The venues range from the institutions at Forest Park in St. Louis including the Zoo, Science Center, and History Museum. Other events include nature outings and corn mazes. View the Ongoing Exhibits and Events Calendar.

THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE

St. Louis, MO
 
  Thursday, November 27, 2014
8:45 am
Downtown St. Louis

Ameren Missouri sponsors this annual parade that features colorful floats, bands, storybook characters, carriages, equestrian units and Santa Claus as it winds through downtown St. Louis to kick off the holiday season. The parade begins at North 4th Street and Washington Avenue, proceeds south on North 4th Street to Market Street, continues west on Market Street and ends at 14th Street.
Free
F
or more information visit the event's website
 

PARADE OF LIGHTS

Fort Madison, IA
  Friday, November 28, 2014
6 pm - 8 pm
Downtown Fort Madison
For over 20 years groups in Fort Madison have been building lighted floats and organizing the Parade of Lights. This is truly a lighted parade with over 50 floats. This is a time to bring your family and friends to Fort Madison's Main Street District for "the lighting of the buildings" followed by the largest lighted parade in the Southeast Iowa region and create a holiday tradition. Following the parade, the lighted floats will be on display in Riverview Park through the end of December.
Free
For information call 319-372-5471

CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT TOURS

Edwardsville, IL
 
  November 28 - November 29, 2014
6 pm - 9 pm
Stephenson House, 409 South Buchanan Street
Come experience Christmas at the Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House. The customs of the 1820s will surround guests as Father Christmas, and his mischievous brother Rupert, entertain children and adults alike. Historically garbed docents will be throughout the house as guests take a self-guided tour through the festively adorned rooms.
Admission
For more information call 618-692-1818
  or visit the venue's website
 

CHRISTMAS WALK

Waterloo, IL
 
  November 28 - November 30, 2014
11 am - 4 pm
Downtown Waterloo
This annual event is sponsored by the Waterloo Merchants with local merchants open for holiday shopping. Also featured are carriage rides, Santa’s cottage, a Christmas concert, and a variety of prizes given out.
Free

For more information call 618-939-8600
 

KRISKINDLMARKT
St. Charles, MO
  November 28 - November 30, 2014
Friday: Noon -9 pm
Saturday: 11 am - 9 pm
Sunday: Noon - 5 pm
Lewis & Clark Boat House and Nature Center, 1050 South Riverside Drive

The Saint Charles Kriskindlmarkt offer families an old-world holiday shopping experience that harkens back to the town’s German ancestors. In a beautiful white fairytale setting, items such as ornaments, unique handcrafted gifts, German products like nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks, and beer steins will be found. Some of the most popular offerings by vendors are the large assortment of savory and sweet baked goods, drinks and candied treats. Many of the merchants of St. Charles historic Main Street will join the vendors in the Kriskindlmarkt by featuring an item from their store right in the market!

Free
For more information call 636-221-1524
  or visit the event's website

CHRISTMAS PARADE

Waterloo, IL
 
  Saturday, November 29, 2014
5:30 pm
Downtown Waterloo
Come out to see all the wonderful Christmas themed parade floats, each with over 1,000 lights, and walking groups dressed in holiday inspired costumes. The parade starts at Gibault Catholic High School and follows the Porta Westfalica Route to downtown Waterloo. In case of inclement weather the parade will take place on Sunday, December 1. The parade is sponsored by GLOW (Great Ladies of Waterloo)
.
Free

For more information call 618-939-7433
 
PARADE OF LIGHTS
Cape Girardeau, MO
  Sunday, November 30, 2014
5 pm - 8 pm
Starting at Capaha Park and ending in historic downtown Cape Girardeau

Twinkling lights and holiday songs light up Cape Girardeau as more than 100 entries make up this parade that has become a Cape Girardeau community tradition. From local businesses and churches and charitable organizations to classic cars, marching bands, and even equestrians, the parade will offer something for everyone. The parade route begins at Capaha Park and ends at Main and Merriwether streets, near Hutson's Fine Furniture's captivating holiday window displays. Santa Claus will be the last entry in the parade, arriving in a horse-drawn sleigh.

Free
For information call 573-334-8085
  or visit www.oldtowncape.org
 

CHRISTMAS PARADE

Dyersburg, TN
  Monday, December 1, 2014
7 pm
Downtown Dyersburg

Join the people of Dyersburg as they get into the holiday spirit and come out to watch the annual Main Street Dyersburg Christmas Parade on the first Monday evening after Thanksgiving.
Free
For more information call the Dyer County Chamber of Commerce at 731-285-3433 
 

CHRISTMAS PARADE

P
aragould, AR 
  Tuesday, December 2, 2014
7 pm
Downtown Paragould

Come celebrate the season as the Chamber of Commerce holds this annual Christmas tradition in downtown Paragould. The parade features walking and riding groups, trailers, antique cars, trucks and tractors, fire departments, emergency vehicles, and many other entries.
Free
For more information call 870-240-0544 

GARDEN GLOW
St. Louis, MO
 
  December 3 - December 7, 2014
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Boulevard
Visitors will have the opportunity to stroll through the Garden at night surrounded by a spectacle of unique light installations. Hundreds of thousands of lights will adorn some of the Garden’s most iconic locations including the Climatron®, Kaeser Memorial Maze, the Central Axis and Tower Grove House. Walkways will be transformed into an explosion of visual magic, while more traditional displays will delight crowds of all ages.
Admission
For more information call 314-577-5100 or 800-642-8842
  or visit the Missouri Botanical Garden website
 
 

SNOWFLAKE FESTIVAL

Godfrey, IL
  Friday, December 5, 2014
6 pm - 8 pm
Glazebrook Park, 1401 Stamper Lane
Visit beautiful Glazebrook Park as it is lit up with lights to celebrate the season. Get your picture taken with Santa Claus, roast chestnuts and marshmallows on an open fire, carriage rides and free hot cocoa and treats. In honor of the giving season, attendees are asked that non-perishables food items are brought for donation to the Crisis Food Center.
Free
For more information call 618-466-1483
CHRISTMAS IN OLD NAUVOO
Nauvoo, IL
  Friday, December 5, 2014
6 pm - 9 pm
Old Nauvoo Visitors’ Center, 290 North Main Street

This annual Christmas in Old Nauvoo celebration includes refreshments, wagon rides, tree lighting ceremony, caroling, Christmas storytelling, live nativity, fire barrels along Main Street to keep warm, and live music. The Tree lighting at visitors’ center is at 6 pm with Main Street activities following.
Free
For information call 217-453-2237 ext. 122
  or visit the venue's webpage

CHRISTMAS TREE WALK

Maplewood, MO
  Friday, December 5, 2014
6 pm - 9 pm
Downtown Maplewood, 7305 Manchester Blvd.
The Maplewood Christmas Tree Walk is best described as Small Business Saturday meets Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol! From costumed carolers to the grand tree lighting in the center of town, the event radiates holiday spirit. Visitors will enjoy free carriage rides and sip hot chocolate while strolling throughout merchant open houses. Business storefronts are decked out for the season and featuring live entertainment, complimentary refreshments and special discounts for the evening
.

Free
F
or more information call 314-781-8588
  or visit the event's webpage
DOWNTOWN CHRISTMAS
OPEN HOUSE

Cape Girardeau, MO
 
  Friday, December 5, 2014
5 pm - 10 pm
Historic downtown Cape Girardeau

Horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers singing in the streets and a chance to win a shopping spree are all part of this annual Old Town Cape Downtown Christmas Open House. All the activities that are going on downtown are designed to invoke feeling of an old-fashioned Christmas of a small community. Many stores will offer special enticements, including hot cider, hot chocolate and cookies, as well as their own drawings for prizes.

Free
For information call 573-334-8085
  or visit www.oldtowncape.org
 
 

FIRST FRIDAYS
AT THE SCIENCE CENTER

St. Louis, MO
 
  Friday, December 5, 2014
Event begins a 6 pm
St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Avenue
Geek out on the first Friday of every month! Learn the real science behind science fiction at the Science Center’s First Fridays events! Each month has a different theme, features free hands-on activities and culminates with a free 10 pm screening of a classic science fiction move in the OMNIMAX® Theater. First Friday favorites like public telescope viewings and special prices for OMNIMAX® films are a staple at every event. December’s theme is Battlestar Galactica – So Say We All.
Free, tickets to the movie are on a first come first served basis.

For more information call 314-289-4400
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CHRISTMAS WALK
Augusta, MO
  Friday December 5, 2014
Friday December 12, 2014

5 pm - 10 pm
Over 1,500 luminaries light your way through historic Augusta the first two Friday evenings of December. This annual event has more than a 25 year history and has become a tradition for the Augusta community to host.  A complimentary Trolley Shuttle will take you through town to visit the many shops and antique stores, wineries and brewery, restaurants and food stands. There is Christmas caroling and a giant Christmas tree at a local church. Enjoy the challenge of gathering items from all the shops in the Holiday Scavenger Hunt and turn your answers in at the History Museum and register for prizes from local merchants. The town square features a horse drawn carriage ride around the heart of town, a toasty bon fire with Chestnuts roasting and marshmallows toasting, and Santa Claus.
Free
For more information call 636-228-4005
 or visit the augusta-chamber.org website

ANNUAL
CANDLELIGHT TOURS

Defiance, MO
  December 5 - December 6, 2014
December 12 - December 13, 2014

5:30 pm
Daniel Boone Home, 1868 Highway F

Usher in the holiday season with a visit to the Boone Home & Boonesfield Village. Each building is decorated in 19th century fashion and illuminated by thousands of candles, bonfires and starlight. Period music will echo through the valley offering a simpler, more delightful holiday experience.
Admission
For more information call 636-798-2005
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS WALK
Nauvoo, IL
 
  December 5 - December 6, 2014
Locations throughout town
Join the community of Nauvoo in celebrating the Christmas season! The uptown merchants of Nauvoo will host open houses, with drawings and goodies for visitors include visits with Santa Claus, the Kris Kringle Vendor & Craft Show, a coloring contest, a candy making contest, a family Christmas movie, Christmas tree lighting, and Nativity displays.
Free
For information call 217-453-6648
 

CHRISTMAS IN KIMMSWICK

Kimmswick, MO
  December 5 - December 7, 2014
Friday & Saturday: 10 am - 9 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm
Downtown Kimmswick
Enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas in Kimmswick. The shops will be decked out in their holiday splendor, carolers will be strolling the streets, and horse drawn carriage rides will carry you back to a time gone by. With over 25 unique shops, Kimmswick will make your holiday shopping easy and stress free. the event also features the annual Kimmswick Christmas Cookie Walk with a cookbook filled with favorite cookie recipes from each participating shop in Kimmswick. Take your goodie bag from shop to shop and receive a cookie made from each of the recipes for you to sample.
Free, $20 for Cookie Walk Cookbook and samples
F
or more information call 636-464-6464
 

CHRISTMAS ON THE RIVER

Chester, IL
  December 5 - December 7, 2014
Chester's annual Christmas celebration's activities include a house tour, open houses at historical sites, a arts and craft fair at the Courthouse, a quilt show, a parade, and other activities throughout the community. Plenty of food and refreshments will be available.
Free, tickets required for the house tour
For more information call 618-826-5114
  or visit www.chesterill.com for a complete schedule.

CHRISTMAS AT THE MILL

Golden, IL
  Saturday, December 6, 2014
8 am - 7 pm
Golden Windmill, 902 Prairie Mills Road
The Golden Historical Society’s annual "Christmas at the Mill" features a variety of Christmas activities. Vendors fill the hall with handmade crafts and other gifts and a bake sale has homemade traditional German and American Christmas treats for sale. Santa will be there and kids can experience home life and how a family prepared for Christmas in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The Windmill Hall will be filled with a variety of Christmas trees with trimmings from the 1800s along with some modern trees. There’s lunch and pictures with Santa and storytelling by people in period costumes for the kids. There will be candlelight tour of homes in the Golden area.

Free, small fee for some activities. Tickets needed for candlelight home tour.
For information call 217-696-2722
  or visit www.goldenwindmill.org
HOLIDAY HOME TOUR
Cape Girardeau, MO
Jackson, MO
 
  Saturday, December 6, 2014
9 am - 5 pm
Various locations

The Lutheran Family and Children's Services of Missouri is sponsoring its annual Holiday Home Tour. The tours will be at homes in the Cape Girardeau area. All proceeds from the LFCS Holiday Home Tour benefit the organization that provides adoption, counseling, education and other services to local families.

Tickets required
For information call 573-334-5866
 

TASTE OF CHOCOLATE

Grafton, IL
  Saturday, December 6, 2014
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Grafton Winery & Brewhaus, 300 West Main Street
Taste the chocolates of Grafton! Enjoy a plate of homemade chocolate desserts donated by different businesses and restaurants in Grafton. There will be many different goodies from which to choose from. Recipe booklets are available for $2.50 each.  This is a great time to shop for all on your Christmas list!
Tickets are $8 or two for $15
For more information call 618-786-7000

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Elsah, IL
  Saturday, December 6, 2014
The house tour is from 12 pm to 4 pm. The tickets include touring historic homes, the village museum, churches, bed and breakfasts and riding in a horse drawn carriage or decorated wagon with a team of horses. Lunch will be available for purchase for $11 at Farley’s Music Hall between 11:30 pm and 4:30 pm (or until sold out) catered by My Just Desserts.
Advance admission is $15 and is available online or at the Alton Visitor’s Center or at either B&B in Elsah. Advance tickets are recommended.
Tickets are limited and day of event admission will be $18 (cash only)
.
Click for additional information or to purchase tickets

For more information call 314-308-0931

CHANUKAH:
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

St. Louis, MO
 
  Sunday, December 6, 2014
Noon - 4 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Boulevard
This event is a traditional Jewish holiday celebration that includes festive Israeli music and dance, a menorah-lighting, and Chanukah merchandise.
Admission
For more information call 314-577-5100 or 800-642-8842
  or visit the Missouri Botanical Garden websit
 
 

HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR

Collinsville, IL
  Saturday, December 6, 2014
2 pm - 8 pm
Blum House, 414 West Main Street
Sponsored by the Collinsville Main Street Community Association this event allows visitors to experience some of Collinsville’s finest festively decorated homes as residents have decked their halls and will open their doors for guests. Participants will begin the tour at one of Collinsville’s most notable historic landmark homes, the Blum House. The stately, two-story home was built by the internationally-known Blum Bell Factory founder J. Henry Blum circa 1906. Here participants will pick up their informational packet before embarking on the self-guided tour.
Admission
For more information call 618-558-1372
  or visit the event's webpage

CHRISTMAS AT THE LANDING
Montrose, IA
  Saturday, December 6, 2014
3 pm - 7 pm
Montrose Riverfront Grounds

This event, sponsored by Montrose Riverfront, Inc., features decorated trees, bus and surrey rides, Santa, carols, silent auctions, and luminaries by the riverfront
.
Free
For more information call 319-463-5310

CITY OF MUNFORD
CHRISTMAS PARADE

Munford, TN 
  Saturday, December 6, 2014
4:30 pm
Downtown Munford

This annual parade is held to celebrate the holidays. There is also Celebrate Christmas “Fill the Sleigh" at the Munford Fire Station. Please bring a new, unwrapped gift to help others at 1375 Munford Avenue
.
Free
For more information call 901-483-5608
  or visit the event's webpage
 

CHRISTMAS HOME TOURS

Fort Madison, IA
  Saturday, December 6, 2014
5 pm - 8 pm
Various locations throughout Fort Madison

The Fort Madison Christmas Home Tour is a fun way to kick off the holiday season by touring some of Fort Madison’s homes that are wonderfully decorated for the Christmas season! By participating in this special event, you are helping support Fort Madison Partners with Fort Madison beautification efforts throughout town.
Tickets required
For more information call 319-372-5471

LIGHTS FANTASTIC PARADE

Carbondale, IL
 
  Saturday, December 6, 2014
6 pm
Downtown Carbondale

Since 1990, this winter-time celebration has warmed the hearts of the young and young at heart. Drawing participants not only from Carbondale, but also many of the surrounding communities. Over sixty entries including dancers, musicians and some very unique floats travel down Illinois Avenue with Santa Clause as the jolly conclusion. Parking and shuttle buses available at Murdale Shopping Center and University Mall beginning at 4 pm.

Free
For information call 618-529-8040
  or visit www.carbondalemainstreet.com
 
 

MOONLIGHT HIKE
Godfrey, IL
 
  Saturday, December 6, 2014
7 pm
Talahi Lodge at the Olin Nature Preserve - The Nature Institute, 2213 South Levis Lane
Join The Nature Institute members and friends and take a leisurely moonlit hike through the Mississippi Sanctuary, a 37-acre area of grand vistas and spectacular scenery, including waterfalls and wildlife. Terrain is light to moderate and the hike is about an hour long.
Free
For more information call 618-466-9930
 
 
CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE
Cobden, IL
 
  Saturday, December 6, 2014
Downtown Cobden
Santa Claus, strolling carolers, surrey rides, piñatas, Christmas Bazaars and lighting of the village tree. 5K run & walk, along with other activities and entertainment.

Free
For information call 618-893-2425
 
 

ANNUAL HOLIDAY
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
Sainte Genevieve, MO
 
  December 6 - December 7, 2014
Saturday: 11 am - dusk
Sunday 10 am - 5 pm
Sainte Genevieve's Historic District

Kick-off the Christmas season by welcoming Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus, listening to Christmas carolers, lighting the city's Christmas tree, late shopping, and enjoying a live nativity scene. The parade on Saturday starts at 11 am. On Saturday the Felix Vallé House State Historic Site will be serving old-fashioned French doughnuts.
Free
For more information call 1-800-373-7007
 
 
CHRISTKINDL MARKET
Quincy, IL
  December 6 - December 7, 2014
Saturday: 11 am - 8 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 4 pm

Washington Park, 5th & Hampshire Streets
The Historic Quincy Business District hosts this annual Christkindl Market in heated tents in Washington Park. Inspired by German tradition, this open air market includes unique shopping, German food and beer.

Free
For information call 217-228-8696

GRAFTON HOLIDAY RIVERWALK

Grafton, IL
 
  December 6 - December 7, 2014
Noon - 6 pm both days
Various locations
Celebrate the start of the holiday season in Grafton. Stop in the various businesses along Main Street and near the riverfront for special promotions, discounts, refreshments and entertainment. The Jerseyville High School choir will be caroling throughout the town. Visitors will also be able to tour the various B&Bs and guest houses in town, a perfect opportunity to check out the accommodations and purchase a gift certificate as a gift. The festivities will conclude with a Show Choir performance at the Grove Memorial Park Gazebo the town lights up!
Free
For more information call 618-786-3017
 
 

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE

Covington, TN
 
  December 6 - December 8, 2014
Saturday: 10 am - 8 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm
Monday: 10 am - 5 pm

Historic Court Square, downtown Covington

The shops around the Covington Historic Court Square are getting into the Christmas spirit early! In keeping with the season, festive lights, bows and holiday trees make Covington the place to be. Santa’s elves will be busy preparing surprises, shopping specials and tasty refreshments for this very special weekend. The small business owners are dedicated to helping you find that special gift.
Free
For more information call the Covington Chamber of Commerce at 901-476-9727 
 

WEIHNACHTS FESTIVAL
Millstadt, IL
 
  Sunday, December 7, 2014
10 am - 6 pm
St. James Parish Hall, 405 West Madison Street
This Christmas Festival celebrates Millstadt's German heritage and features an arts and crafts fair, a Holiday Cookie Walk, and musical entertainment including German folk music provided by the Waterloo German Band. St. Nicholas arrives in a parade at Noon. Children are invited to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. There will be plenty of German food and refreshments including bratwurst and potato cakes.
Free
For more information call 618-476-1812
 
 

OLD-FASHIONED
GERMAN CHRISTMAS

Maeystown, IL
 
  Sunday, December 7, 2014
11 am - 5 pm
Maeystown Historic District
Participate in the Weihnachts Fest, a traditional German Christmas, with music, carriage rides, live entertainment, shopping and more. There will be a German carol sing, a traditional carol sing, and the lighting of the village weinachtsbaum, a Christmas Tree, at 4:30 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available throughout the day.
Free

For more information call 618-458-6660
  or visit www.maeystown.com
 
 

FRENCH CHRISTMAS

Sainte Genevieve, MO
 
  Sunday, December 7, 2014
1 pm - 6 pm
Felix Vallé House State Historic Site, 198 Merchant Street
This annual celebration highlights the music, customs, and decorations of an early French Colonial Christmas celebration known as "Le Reveillon." Costumed guides will explain the early 1800's French Christmas customs and the dining room will be filled with traditional foods, including bûche de Noël (yule log cake). Refreshments and period music will be provided.
Free
For more information call 573-883-7102
 

THE NUTCRACKER

Arnold, MO
 
  Sunday, December 7, 2014
2 pm
Rickman Auditorium, Fox High School, 751 Jeffco Blvd.
The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet with a score by Tchaikovsky adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann's story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. This narrated, youth oriented production is ideal for all ages! Children and adults alike will be enthralled with the colorful characters and beautiful narration of what has become a Christmas classic. The performance is by the Alexandra School of Ballet from Chesterfield, Missouri. Presented by the Committee on the Creative Arts and benefitting the Arnold Food Pantry-serving area communities for over 30 years.
Tickets $15-all seating reserved. Tickets available at: Arnold Recreation Center: 1695 Missouri State Rd (636-282-2380) or Arnold Food Pantry: 2024 Key West Drive (636-287-3663) (Visa, Mastercard, and Discover accepted).
For more information visit the organization’s website
 
 

HOLIDAY PARADE

Covington, TN
 
  Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Parade starts at 7 pm
Historic Court Square, downtown Covington

Join in the fun at this annual Holiday Parade, sponsored by the Covington Lions Club and Main Street Covington. It is a wonderful chance for you and your family to begin the celebration of the holiday season! The parade features floats and other entries from churches, businesses, dance troupes, civic groups, marching bands, scouts, families, sports teams, equestrians and others local. Be sure to visit Covington’s downtown merchants for Early Shopping Specials on Parade Day!
Free
For more information call the Covington Chamber of Commerce at 901-476-9727 

HISTORIC HOUSE TOUR

St. Louis, MO
 
  Thursday, December 11, 2014
3 pm - 8 pm
Various venues
Get in the spirit of the holidays in high style by visiting five of St. Louis’ finest historic homes and buildings. For one night only, get the chance to experience the the Campbell House Museum, Eugene Field House and St. Louis Toy Museum, Chatillon-DeMenil House, Samuel Cupples House at St. Louis University and Old Courthouse. Each stop along the way will feature light holiday refreshments and entertainment. Many locations also have gift shops to help you with your holiday shopping!
Tickets required. Participants can tour the locations on continuously running charter buses that will shuttle them from stop to stop or may opt to take a self-guided tour.
For more information call 314-421-0325
  or visit the event's website
 

CAPITOL BY CANDLELIGHT

St. Charles, MO
  Friday, December 12, 2014
6 pm - 9 pm
First Missouri Capitol State Historic Site, 201-216 South Main Street
Historically dressed interpreters will lead you through the candlelit Capitol building decorated in an 1820s style. Guests will hear tales of early statehood struggles and frontier life while touring the Capitol in this unique setting. Enjoy some homemade cookies & warm cider.
Tickets $4 for adult $3 for children 6-12 years old Reservations needed
For more information call 636-940-3322

HOLIDAY HABERDASHERY

St. Charles, MO
  December 12 - December 13, 2014
5 pm - 9 pm
First Missouri Capitol State Historic Site, 201-216 South Main Street
If you’re looking for a unique shopping experience, step through the open doors of the Peck Bros. Dry Goods and Hardware store and into the 1820s. Costumed interpreters will be on hand to assist you, if needed, in your selection of our historic games, toys, and novelties from when Missouri was the frontier. Fill those stockings with some fun history!
Free
For more information call 636-940-3322

SEMO FARM TOY SHOW

Sikeston, MO
 
  December 12 - December 13, 2014
Friday: 6 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday:  8 am - 2 pm

Americas Best Value Inn, 220 South Interstate Drive
John Deere, Case-IH, AGCO-Allis, Ford-New Holland, Oliver, Massey Ferguson and farm fans enjoy this special show featuring a variety of toy and miniature farm implements and equipment. Ladies will enjoy purse, jewelry, and craft displays as well.

Admission

For information call 573-628-3394
 

CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT
TOURS AND OPEN HOUSE

New Madrid, MO
 
  December 12 - December 13, 2014
Friday & Saturday: 6 pm - 8:30 pm
Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site Park, 310 Dawson Road

The majestic antebellum mansion at the Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site is decorated with fragrant, fresh cut greenery and warmly lit with antique oil lamps and oil chandeliers depicting Christmas in the Victorian era in the South. Tour guides will be dressed in period clothing and explain what life was like in the 1800s.
Free
For more information call 573-748-5340 
 
A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM
Cobden, IL
 
  December 12 - December 14, 2014
First Baptist Church, 200 South Walker Street
Walk through the streets of Bethlehem. Talk to shopkeepers, shepherds, Roman guards, and townspeople.  Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the “first” Christmas. Have your family’s picture taken with the little town of Bethlehem in the background. Make a toy in the carpenters shop, make your own pottery, purchase soap and spices with (provided) shekels.  Take home homemade breads and taste candy from the candy shop. As you wind through the streets of Bethlehem, you will hear the exciting story of what has happened there.

Free, reservations recommended but not required
For information call 618-893-2261 or 618-697-1051
  or visit the event website
 

CHRISTMAS PARADE

New Madrid, MO
 
  Saturday, December 13, 2014
10 am
Main Street area of downtown New Madrid
Please join in on the fun at the this Annual New Madrid Christmas Parade in historic downtown New Madrid.  This year's theme is Christmas Melodies. Each float will be based on a favorite Christmas song with local school bands participating. After the parade visit the local shops, have a bite to eat, and stick around for the Candlelight Tours that start at 6 pm at the Hunter-Dawson Home State Historic Site.
Free
For more information call 573-748-5300 

CANDLELIGHT CONCERT

St. Charles, MO
  Saturday, December 13, 2014
8 pm
First Missouri Capitol State Historic Site, 201-216 South Main Street
This annual concert is held in Missouri’s first Legislative chambers, lit entirely by candles, where visitors will be treated to period Christmas tunes and stories to get them in the Christmas spirit. Musical entertainment is provided by the Rick Thum with traditional Christmas music and dulcimer music.
Tickets are $10. Reservations are needed and begin on November 28.
For more information call 636-940-3322

DICKEN'S ON THE SQUARE

Covington, TN
 
  December 13 - December 14, 2014
Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm
Historic Court Square, downtown Covington

Step back in time on Covington's Historic Square the second weekend of December each year as Covington celebrates a Victorian Christmas. All the shops are decorated in Christmas finery , and restaurants will be serving period fare. Characters from "A Christmas Carol" will be strolling around the square as well as carolers. The public is invited to dress in period costume and join in on the fun.
Free
For more information call the Covington Chamber of Commerce at 901-476-9727 

LAFAYETTE SQUARE
HOLIDAY PARLOUR TOUR

St. Louis, MO
 
  Sunday, December 14, 2014
10 am - 6 pm
2023 Lafayette Avenue
When St. Louis was 100 years old, the Victorian era was in high gear. Christmas celebrations established the holiday traditions which visitors will find in the 2014 Lafayette Square Holiday Parlour Tour. The Parlour Tour invites visitors to 10 Lafayette Square mansions to enjoy the sights and sounds and scents of Victorian Christmas with lighted windows, decorated trees and the Victorian-era neighborhood in its entire splendor.
Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 on the weekend of the tour and may be purchased by calling 314 772-5724 or online. Groups sales available.
For more information visit www.lafayettesquare.org 
 
STORYTELLING EVENT
St. Charles, MO
  Sunday, December 14, 2014
Noon, 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 pm
First Missouri Capitol State Historic Site, 201-216 South Main Street
Hear the traditional story of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” told by Mrs. Claus alongside a warm glowing fire. Enjoy some warm cider and cookies and with a little luck and good timing we may even have a visit from the jolly old man himself!
Free event, reservations are not needed but are recommended.
For more information call 636-940-3322
 

WINE CLUB GET-TOGETHER
Grafton, IL
 
  Saturday, December 13, 2014
2 pm - 5 pm
Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center, 13653 Lodge Blvd.
Join in on the fun at the Mary Michelle Winery Tasting Room the second Saturday of each month and enjoy appetizers and wine tasting! This month's featured wine is White Haute Riesling! Free for Wine Club Members. Not a Wine Club Member? No worries! It is easy to join and includes all kinds of benefits like discounts on lodging, dining and, of course, wine! $20 for a lifetime membership which includes a free commemorative Pere Marquette Lodge Wine Glass!
For more information call 618-786-2331 ext 338
 

ARRIVAL AT
CAMP RIVER DUBOIS

Hartford, IL
 
  December 13 - December 14, 2014
10 am - 4 pm both days
Lewis and Clark State Historic Site, 1 Lewis and Clark Trail
Witness the arrival of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as reenactors arrive at the mouth of the River Dubois to establish their 1803-04 Winter Encampment. Join the members of the Corps in a military demonstration of 1803 U.S. Army Expedition. Visitors can experience camp life in early Frontier Illinois, and watch demonstrations of period crafts and skills.
Free
For more information call 618-251-5811
 

WILDERNESS WALK
Edwardsville, IL
 
  Tuesday, December 16, 2014
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Watershed Nature Center, 1591 Tower Avenue
Join the staff at the Watershed Nature Center every third Monday for a narrated hike along its mile long trail. Summer is here, come out and explore the trail on a morning hike. Bring your curiosity, questions, and keen eye for observation.
Free. Registration requested for groups of 10 or more.
For more information call 618-692-7578

HOLIDAY CONCERT

St. Charles, MO
  Tuesday, December 16, 2014
7 pm
Lindenwood University Cultural Center, 400 North Kingshighway
The St. Charles Municipal Band will be holding its third annual Holiday Concert at Scheidegger, a program of traditional holiday music by the Concert Band and the Big Band. St. Nicholas will also be making a special appearance.
Free
For more information visit  the band’s website

ASTRONOMY ASSOCIATION MEETING
Godfrey, IL
 
  Thursday, December 18, 2014
7 pm
Talahi Lodge at the Olin Nature Preserve - The Nature Institute, 2213 South Levis Lane
Every third Thursday of the month The Nature Institute partners with Eddie Agha of Agha Designs Jewelry Studio and invites the public to a program of the TNI Astronomy Association. Participants will navigate the preserve with naturalist Eddie Agha to observe and record constellations. No telescopes are needed. Guests will also receive short, instructional lessons about activities and workshops associated with the program, and find out how to join the TNI Astronomy Association.
Free, but reservations are required
For more information or to make reservations call 618-467-2521
  or email pbrown@TheNatureInstitute.org
 

BALD EAGLE
VIEWING PROGRAM

Grafton, IL
 
  Friday, December 19, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014

8:30 am
Pere Marquette State Park
Visitor Center, 13112 Visitor Center Lane, Off IL-100 (the Great River Road)
A Park naturalist will be presenting informative programs about bald eagles. Visitors will learn to distinguish between immature and mature eagles, what they eat, why they winter in the area and more. There will be a lecture and a short video presentation followed by an observational drive. Be sure to dress warmly and have a full tank of gas. Binoculars are highly recommended but not essential as the Park brings along a spotting scope.
Free, reservations required
For more information call 618-786-3323
 

CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT TOURS
Quincy, IL
  Friday, December 19, 2014
December 26 - December 27, 2014

6 pm - 8 pm
Governor John Wood Mansion, 425 South 12th Street
The Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County presents its annual Christmas Candlelight Tours of the Governor John Wood Mansion. This year’s theme is “Christmas in Quincy 1864 - Until the Boys Come Home” and will feature music of local school children and instrumentalists, all performing carols, including those of the eighteenth century to the present as guests stroll through the John Wood family’s huge Greek Revival Mansion, in its day the first Greek Revival structure west of Philadelphia.
Free
For information call 217-222-1835
 

THE NUTCRACKER

St. Louis, MO
 
  December 19 - December 21, 2014
Friday: 7:30 pm
Saturday: 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday: 2 pm and 6 pm

Edison Theatre, Washington University, 6445 Forsyth Blvd.
The Missouri Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker, a full-length ballet that is a wonderful production for the entire family, The Nutcracker is the perfect way to introduce young children to the grace and beauty of classical dance. The production, now celebrating its sixth year, has become a beloved St. Louis tradition. The Missouri Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker has been praised for refreshing this holiday favorite with innovative choreography, clever storytelling, lush sets and beautiful costumes. The company’s professional dancers will be augmented by a cast of more than 90 children from across the greater St. Louis area.
Tickets to The Nutcracker at Edison Theatre are on sale now for $35. Tickets are available online at www.edison.wustl.edu, by phone at 314-935-6543, and in person at the Edison Theatre Box Office.
For more information visit www.missouriballettheatre.org 

HISTORIC HOLIDAY TRADITIONS

St. Louis, MO
 
  Saturday, December 20, 2014
Noon - 4 pm
Old Courthouse, Broadway & Market Street, downtown St. Louis
Visitors to the Historic Holiday Traditions - 1812 Missouri Frontier Holiday will enjoy cookies and hot cider while experiencing a holiday snapshot in time. There will be live entertainment and a period cooking demonstration.
Free
For more information call 314-655-1614 

LIVE NATIVITY

Frohna, MO 
  Saturday, December 20, 2014
3 pm - 8 pm
Saxon Lutheran Memorial, 296 Saxon Memorial Drive

Visitors to this annual event will journey through the story of Christmas and end up at Bethlehem in the historic log barn. Please dress for the weather as you will be outside for approximately 20 minutes. In the Visitor's Center there will be an old-fashioned "family gathering" with special holiday treats, children's activities, live music, and a warm crackling fire.
Free, donations appreciated
For information call 573-824-5404 

BELLEVILLE ANTIQUES &
COLLECTIBLES FLEA MARKET

Belleville, IL
 
  December 20 - December 21, 2014
9 am - 4 pm
Belle-Clair Expo Center, 200 South Belt East

This monthly event features over 600 tables and 300 to 400 vendors selling antiques and collectibles. There is both old and new merchandise and it's indoor/outdoor year round.
Free
For more information call 618-233-0052
  or visit the venue's website
 

WINTER EQUINOX
SUNRISE OBSERVANCE

Collinsville, IL
 
  Sunday, December 21, 2014
Arrive by 6:50 am
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
Observe the winter equinox sunrise and learn of the discovery, form and function of an ancient post circle called Woodhenge that was used as a solar calendar by the Cahokians. No ceremony or ritual is presented. Woodhenge is located 1/2 mile west of Monks Mound and the main entrance to the site.
Free
For more information call 618-346-5160
 

BIRDING TRIP
West Alton, MO
 
  Saturday, December 20, 2014
8 am - 10:30 am
Audubon Center at Riverlands, Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Join the Audubon Center staff and volunteers for a birding trip in search of birds. The trip will leave from the Center at 8 am and take a short drive to a few locations in the Sanctuary. Please dress for the weather and bring a bottle of water for the walk. If you have binoculars, be sure to bring them along too. This walk is a family friendly event suitable for beginners as well as seasoned birders.
Free
For more information call 636-899-0090
 or visit www.Riverlands.Audubon.org
 

KWANZAA AT THE GARDEN

St. Louis, MO
 
  Tuesday, December 29, 2014
Noon - 4 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Boulevard
The Missouri Botanical Garden celebrates Kwanzaa, a Swahili term that means “first fruits,” and is a contemporary African-American holiday that centers on the feast table of the harvest. A Kwanzaa ceremony highlights a day of storytelling, craft and jewelry displays, and authentic African drumming and musical performances.
Admission
For more information call 314-577-5100 or 800-642-8842
  or visit the Missouri Botanical Garden website
 

LA GUIANNÉE

Sainte Genevieve, MO
 
  Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Sainte Genevieve's Historic District
The old tradition of La Guiannée still survives in Sainte Genevieve. This ancient tradition, analogous to the English custom of Wassailing that harkens back to Europe's Middle Ages, is celebrated by descendants of those French settlers. Dressed in bizarre and somewhat archaic costumes, the revelers wander from place to place singing a beggars song for favors on New Year's eve. You can see and participate with these singers and musicians as they celebrate this 250 year old tradition each New Year's Eve in the streets, cafes and pubs of old Sainte Genevieve's Historic District.
Free
For more information call 1-800-373-7007
 
   
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