Lights, Parade And Magic Will Liven Up Holiday Season In St. Louis

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - by St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission

With several festive and fun events taking prominence on the holiday calendar, the upcoming weeks are going to be a whirlwind of activity in St. Louis.

Lights Will Delight

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, the Macy's Festival of Lights officially kicks off the season at Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis. There will be festive performances, fun characters for the kids, the lighting of the huge Christmas tree, downtown lights, a fireworks show and a visit from Santa.

After the lighting of the tree, the fun continues at Macy’s Holiday Open House. Located inside Macy’s Downtown St. Louis, the open house will feature a holiday sing-along with Baker’s Songs for Children, Christmas cookie decorating with Schnucks Bakery, face painters, jugglers, a magician, holiday crafts, giveaways, and, of course, Santa himself!

A Thanksgiving Day Tradition

Celebrating its 28th year, the 2012 Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade will step off at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, November 22 from the corner of Washington Avenue and Fourth Street in downtown St. Louis. The parade will be broadcast live on KMOV-TV Channel 4’s “Great Day St. Louis.” 

The annual Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade is hosted by Christmas in St. Louis along with presenting sponsor Ameren Missouri. The parade charitable recipients are the Joshua Chamberlain Society and the National Children’s 

Cancer Society Honorary grand marshals are Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Olympic champion), Jeffrey P. Bonner (President and CEO of the Saint Louis Zoo) and Adrian E. Bracy (Chief Executive Officer for the YWCA Metro St. Louis).

Magic Time in St. Louis

St. Louis Holiday Magic is a holiday tradition coming to the America’s Center on November 23-25. McDonalds is the presenting sponsor.

Once again, the show will be a popular destination for families in search of shopping and entertainment options such as: hands-on arts and crafts projects; trackless train rides; live music and dance performances; full-scale carnival rides; and photo opportunities with Santa and Snowflake.

Produced by the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, Holiday Magic is a unique shopping and entertainment destination for families throughout the region. For more information, visit

Historic Holiday Kick Off

It will be an historic holiday season as the National Park Service presents a series of festive events starting with two November 23 concerts by the St. Louis Brass Quintet and The Caroling Party.  Other events include The St. Louis Holiday Historic House Tour on November 29, Historic Holiday Noon Concert (every Wednesday, November 28-December 19), the 772 St. Louis Holiday Program December 8, the 1812 St. Louis Holiday Program December 15, the 1862 St. Louis Holiday Program December 22, and the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation December 31. All events, except the St. Louis Holiday Historic House Tour, are free. For more information, visit

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree at Dome

In conjunction with the St. Louis Rams vs. New York Jets game, the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, en route to Washington, D.C., will be on display outside the Edward Jones Dome from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 18. For more information, please visit 

Alternative Transportation

With extended hours of operation and additional trains to accommodate holiday events, MetroLink is a convenient alternative to driving and allows guests to,avoid the cost of parking and traffic. Metro will continue MetroLink service until the downtown stations are cleared after events.

Media Partners

In addition to KMOV-TV, Christmas in St. Louis events are sponsored by Fresh 102.5, Y98, and KMOX. 

About Christmas in St. Louis

Christmas in St. Louis is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to promoting activities that inspire people to show their unique holiday spirit while enhancing the texture and heritage of the St. Louis community.  For more information, follow us on

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