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f you are a fan of sports — or even hometown pride — St. Louis has had a very good year. Stanley Cup champions with a heck of a parade to prove it. The Cardinals made it to the National League Championship Series. The city is getting an Major League Soccer team in 2022 (we don’t know the name of that yet) as well as an XFL team next year (we know that — the Battlehawks). So much to celebrate. Obviously, sports gifts are a great idea, and we have certainly found a few of those here, in our biggest gift guide yet. We spent hours shopping the streets of St. Louis and its neighborhoods, and we’ve found nearly 300 gift ideas for everyone from tiny babies to teenage boys to grandparents and more. Again this year, you can find many of these items at a vendor event Nov. 24. Find more information about the Post-Dispatch Holiday Pop & Shop on Page 17. And if you are looking for more ways to enjoy the holiday season, the center of this section is a 16-page Holiday Arts Guide pull-out packed with performances, festivals and family events. So, now that we’ve made the holidays a little easier on everyone, we have a few requests of our own. Each person who contributed to this list has picked his or her favorite item in this guide. Santa baby, make those dreams come true.



“I’ve been looking for a fun way to display corks from favorite wines, so I love the Missouri map from Sparrow + Mason in Kimmswick.” •



Amy Bertrand Features editor 314-340-8284, abertrand@post-dispatch.com

“Pay for the news” shirt: My mantra on a T-shirt.” • PAGE 51



All photos are taken from vendor websites, supplied by vendors or taken by Hillary Levin, Post-Dispatch.






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Daniel Neman Reporter 314-340-8133, dneman@post-dispatch.com

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Hostess gifts “I’m craving the Damascus steel gyuto knife — it’s wellcrafted, beautiful, functional and oh so blissfully sharp.” •



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Aisha Sultan Reporter 314-340-8300, asultan@ post-dispatch.com

Hillary Levin Photographer 314-340-8118, hlevin@post-dispatch.com


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Holiday Arts Guide Family events PAGES 32-36

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Music PAGES 42-48

“I want Maven’s “unicorn farts” spray the most. My car smelled like sweet, bubbly goodness for days after only one spritz.” • PAGE 77

Donna Bischoff Vice president of sales and marketing 314-340-8529, dbischoff@post-dispatch.com


Note: These items were found at local stores and online in October. If you are making a special trip to buy one of these items, we recommend you call first.

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“The thing I desire the most isn’t possible for Santa to deliver — more sleep. However, a new weighted blanket might help deliver a sounder night’s sleep. Help a tired mom out, Santa.” •

“I’m eyeing that popcorn seasoning kit from the Old Towne Spice Shoppe in St. Charles. I love popcorn, and I bet I can find even more uses for the seasonings!” • PAGE 75

Monica Obradovic Reporter mobradovic@ post-dispatch.com

“I tend to be a little careless, and the chipper Bob Ross bandages will surely make me feel much better about the inevitable consequences of (don’t read this, Mom!) not using a cutting board.” •

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Valerie Schremp Hahn Reporter 314-340-8246, vhahn@post-dispatch.com

“Album cover coasters: These cool, colorful coasters from Trusty Chords in Edwardsville are a fun reminder of how much I love great music and how easily a song can instantly boost my mood.” •



Gabe Hartwig Deputy features editor 314-340-8353, ghartwig@post-dispatch.com

Cathy Hensley Reporter 314-340-8304, chensley@post-dispatch.com

Gift ideas Gifts for her

“I love unique jewelry and have my eye on the handmade sterling silver ring by Jabez Jewelz. ” •

FROM THE COVER Cardinal ornament • This adorable red bird was made from a gourd by artisans in Peru. $12.95 at Zee Bee Marketplace, 3211 South Grand Boulevard, and 7270 Manchester Road, Maplewood, zeebeemarket.com Blues ornament • We ordered this glass ball ornament months ago. It’s sold-out now, but you can find similar ones at shop.nhl.com. Soccer ornament • Celebrate the arrival of St. Louis’ MLS soccer team with this Old World Ornament. $12.99 at the Christmas Haus, 311 Elm Street, Kimmswick PHOTO BY HILLARY LEVIN, POST-DISPATCH



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THE LIST: FOR HER Hasaa Major necklace • This necklace features a handcrafted pendant suspended from snake chain and designed by St. Louis artist Shayba Muhammad. The large pendant’s organic shape is an ode to both the structured and natural world. $83 at mahnal.com

Travelon bag • Perfect for the traveler on your list, these fashionable bags have anti-theft protection features. They can be used crossbody or as a waist pack. $44.95 at Mississippi Mud Gallery & Gifts, 118 Market Street, Kimmswick, mississippimudgallery.com Esther necklace • This hand-hammered chevron is perfect for layering with all your favorite long necklaces. Forai is a St. Louis-based company that sells jewelry made by refugees. “Esther” is one of those refugees. $25 for silver; $35 for brass/gold at forai.org

Monocle necklace • The Victorian-style monocle necklace, which magnifies 10 times, is both functional and elegant. $27 at ragtradervintage.com

Stylish, comfy sweatshirt • Tonal black flocked leopard print sweatshirt. $68 at Mix & Match, 5400 Devonshire Avenue or squareup.com Stone ring • Jabez Jewelz are created by St. Louis jewelry designer Kathryn Pfeiffer. This handmade sterling silver ring has an oval larimar stone. $69 at Unique Art and Jewelz, 20 Meadows Circle, Suite 216, Lake Saint Louis or Jabezjewelz.com

Fan Bags handbags • The Fan Bags from St. Louis-based Lux & Nyx are made of upcycled leather but coated in a fiber that makes them weatherand scratch-resistant. With an adjustable strap attachment, they can be worn four different ways. $225 at luxandnyx.com

Perfume • It’s like giving a flower and a perfume at the same time. Flower by Kenzo offers a surprising zesty ginger note followed by floral and orange notes. $101 for 3.3 ounces at Dillard’s stores and dillards.com



Leather sports earrings • These earrings by Sleepless Creations (artist Stephanie Orler) are perfect for the sports mom on your list. Orler also makes vegan creations, too. $13-$18 each at Blooming Daisy Marketplace, 5541 Chestnut Street, Cottleville, bloomingdaisymarketplace.com

Camellia & Shea gift set • This gift set of products made on site in historic St. Charles includes sugar scrub, two bath bombs, camellia with Himalayan bath salt, body butter, two bars of soap, an eco soap sack and a bamboo wooden spoon, all in a lovely package. $80 at Provenance Soap Works, 311 South Main Street, St. Charles, provenancesoaps.com



Bold necklace • Make a statement with this handmade piece by St. Louis designer Lynnae Tanner Ruff of Lady Grey Beads. The Lady Coconut Necklace is made of emerald green swarovski crystals. $225 at etsy.com

Joya pendant • The crescent pendant in black deco diamond is sure to be an attention-grabber. And proceeds from every purchase are donated to women’s charities worldwide. $119.95 at collectionsbyjoya. com Moose slippers • They are warm, have an antislip rubber sole and your neighbors may not notice if you run to the store in them because they are so cute. $64 at LLBean.com

Macramé top • This handknotted macrame top was designed by Fairview Heights designer Katrina Bennett. $200 at KatrinaZchori.com or 618-772-0848 Party clutches • Get ready for holiday parties with these hide pouches and crossbody bags. $65-$125 at Ivy Grace, 6277 Delmar Boulevard, University City, shopivygrace.com

Facial cleansing brush • The tiny bristles clean and reportedly perform anti-aging magic on your skin, reducing fine lines. $169 at Sephora, sephora.com Silver earrings • These silver Born Free earrings have a touch of southern flair from Dixie Grace Candle Co., a company founded in 2016 by Katherine Miller and Kimberley Comes. Miller lives in Columbia, Ill. $15 at dixiegracecandleco.com Dyson and Ouai blowout set • It’s been called the perfect blowdryer. Now the Dyson Supersonic is combined with a set of three Ouai products for a gift she’s sure to love. $399.99 at Nordstrom, shop.nordstrom.com


Keep it tight • The Embrace Fashion Fastener keeps cardigans and blazers in place and eyeglasses in hand. $17.50 at Naturally Inspired Gifts, 110 North Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, anaturallyinspiredgift.com

Pajama set • Comfortable and stylish this Eberjey Gisele long-sleeve shorts pajama set is great for sleeping or lounging. $115 at Nieman Marcas, Plaza Frontenac, 1701 South Lindbergh Boulevard, neimanmarcus.com



THE LIST: FOR HIM Wooden watch • This is a handcrafted wooden wrist watch that features a smooth black sandalwood face and a leather strap. $89 at mywoodenelement.com

Extra sharp • For the knife-lover on your list, it’s hard to beat a Damascus knife. This 8-inch Gyoto knife from Kikuichi is made from 45 layers of nickel and stainless steel, yet is extra-light. $300 at Bertarelli Cutlery, 1927 Marconi Avenue, bertarellico.com

Shoe polish kit • This compact, handy kit comes with two brushes, a cloth, black polish and neutral polish to keep your shoe wardrobe spiffy. $22 at Urban Matter, 3179 South Grand Boulevard, urbanmatterstl.com

Art neckties • Silk neckties printed with iconic paintings by Vincent Van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, Gustav Klimt, Paul Cézanne and others are a perfect way to add a little art to any business suit. $48 at the St. Louis Art Museum, One Fine Arts Drive, Slam.org

Close shave • The Philips Norelco Shaver 9000 is a wet-dry electric shaver with a trimmer attachment, perfect for the experienced or new shaver on your list. $189.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond, bedbathandbeyond.com

Fancy feet • Men’s socks inspired by great works of art by Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Edvard Munch and Leonardo da Vinci would be a masterpiece in any office gift-exchange. $12-$16 at the St. Louis Art Museum, One Fine Arts Drive, Slam.org

Let’s go, booze • This T-shirt featuring a 1984 mugshot of Ozzy Osbourne, arrested in Memphis, Tenn., for public intoxication, is a reminder of the Blues’ Stanley Cup win — and also to drink responsibly. Designed by Skim Milk. $45 at Crimson Serpents Outpost, 4254 Manchester Avenue, csleathergoods.com 8


Packable jacket • Stylish, warm, easy to scrunch up and pack, this Tommy Hilfiger down-quilted jacket is great for travelers. $195 at Macy’s and macys.com

Buffalo plaid backpack • This functional bag by Polo Ralph Lauren, in classic red buffalo plaid, has one large main compartment and two small side pockets. An exterior bungee cord can secure additional gear. $175 at Dillard’s, dillards.com

Minimalist wallet • Sometimes you only need to carry the basics. Crimson Serpents’ five-card wallet, hand-cut and sewn from rustic leather that will age beautifully, fits in a front pocket without adding bulk. $70 at Crimson Serpents Outpost, 4254 Manchester Avenue, csleathergoods.com





THE LIST: FOR BABIES AND KIDS Bathtub toys • With bubble-shaped heads and friendly faces, this floating trio of Tub Buddies keeps babies entertained in the bathtub. Good for ages 6 months and up. $10.99 at edushape.com and Buy Buy Baby, 3200 Laclede Station Road Suite D, buybuybaby.com

Ride-on toy • This stationary, musical ride-on Bounce & Spin Puppy from Fisher-Price plays songs, sounds and educational phrases as baby bounces up and down or spins 360 degrees. For ages 12 months and up. $59.99 at Walmart stores and walmart. com as well as other toy retailers

Barbie Dream House • So many girls (and probably their moms) dream of this Barbie Dream House from Mattel. Barbie gets three floors, eight rooms, an outdoor area, a rooftop pool and slide, a working elevator and 70-plus accessories with a garage. $199.99 at Target stores and target.com as well as other toy retailers

Interactive elephant • Touch Flappy’s left foot to play an interactive game of peek-a-boo. Or maybe touch his right ear to hear the song “Do Your Ears Hang Low.” When play time is over, this 12-inch elephant just looks cute in a nursery. $40 at gund.com

Custom stuffed animals • Budsies are custom stuffed animals made from kids’ drawings. Kids will love seeing their drawings come to life in a toy they can play with. $99 at budsies.com (most orders take six to eight weeks, but rush delivery of four weeks is available)



Bakery play set • Playmobil’s new Christmas Bakery with Cookie Cutters has 128 pieces including a rolling pin, cookie cutters, ingredients, Santa, elves and more, perfect for make-believe baking. $50 at amazon.com

Play tent — and beyond • Kids ages 3 and up will love this hideway and play tent with three removable tunnel tubes from Discovery Kids. $29.99 at JC Penney stores or belk.com

Baby rattle • A silver-plated keepsake rattle makes a great gift for a newborn. $24.99 at Dolled Up Kidz, 6106 Front Street, Kimmswick, facebook.com/dolledupkidz

Hooded towel • Your little one will love baths with this Dusty the Dino cotton hooded bath towel from Urban Dreams. $47 at Macys.com or pick up in store


THE LIST: FOR BABIES AND KIDS Wampa bean bag chair • Seriously, you can um, remove, the arm from this Wampa — just like Luke did in “Empire Strikes Back” $149.99 at gamestop.com

Build an Olaf • Build-a-Bear has a whole line of “Frozen 2” stuffed toys, and the lovable snowman is one of our favorites. $29.99 at Build-a-Bear Workshop stores or buildabear.com Explore real fossils • Become a paleontologist for the day. Start or add to your own fossil collection, learn how fossils are formed and explore activities found in the Adventure Guide. $20 at the ExploreStore at the St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Avenue, slsc.org

Elf book • Everything you’ve always wanted to know about the entire life of a Christmas Elf. “The Official Christmas Elves Handbook” is written from the elves’ viewpoint and contains countless details about daily life in Santatown, not just at Christmas. Illustrated by St. Louis’ Firecracker Press. $17.50 at www.santatownpress.com

Minifig set • At the new Minifig store in Kirkwood, get a small gift lot that includes 2 pounds of LEGOs, two minifigures with accessories and a small baseplate. $24.95 at the Minifig Shop, 200 South Kirkwood Road, Suite 104, Kirkwood, facebook.com/theminifigshop

Thomas and Friends • This year’s Thomas entry is the Fisher-Price Trackmaster, Cave Collapse. The motorized Thomas engine rides on top of Darcy and powers the digger along to save the day. $49.99 at amazon.com and other toy retailers

“Hamilton” onesie • It’s never too early to introduce children to musical theater, and this “Hamilton” onesie will be a real conversation starter for baby’s next playdate. Size 12 months. $20 at playbillstore.com

Shinny hockey set • If your kid was entranced by the Blues’ Stanley Cup win, he or she can have fun playing in the living room with this set that contains two sticks and a net from Bauer. $39.99 at Pure Hockey stores and purehockey.com stltoday.com/thelist

Glitter boots • Girls will love these pink combat glitter boots. $28 at Old Navy, oldnavy.com

Coding mouse • Coding toys for kids are always a great gift. Kids can learn basic coding skills and have fun with a toy mouse. This Learning Resources Code & Go set is for ages 4 and up. $59.99 at amazon.com



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THE LIST: FOR TWEENS AND TEENS Moon puzzle • Take a giant leap into lunar exploration with this 100-piece puzzle honoring the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The circular floor puzzle features a photograph from NASA’s archives. $17.99 at chroniclebooks.com

Simply Southern Christmas • If you don’t know Simply Southern, apparently you don’t have a teen girl in your house. She’ll love this “Believe” longsleeve Christmas tee. $24.99 at Savannah Rose, 209 Market Street, Kimmswick

Naturally nice lips • This best-selling Dior Lip Glow sheer balm enhances natural lip color while moisturizing and protecting lips. It comes in several different tints and finishes. $34 at Sephora.com

Science magic • Now you see it, now you don’t! Put on your lab coat and experiment with Science Magic, mysteriously vanishing the test tube from the glass beaker. $12.99 at the ExploreStore at the St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Avenue, slsc.org

Ax-throwing at home • Bring the trend of ax-throwing home with this soft foam ax. Zax, from Zing, sticks on just about any surface you can wack it at, thanks to its lever design with foam suction cups. $9.99 at Target stores and Target.com


BTS dolls • Who is your favorite BTS singer? Each look is inspired by the outfits the band wore in the “IDOL” music video, which broke the YouTube record for most views in 24 hours. Choose from RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V and Jung Kook, or collect them all. $19.99 each at Target.com and other toy retailers

Interactive Droid • Presumably we’ll be seeing this guy in the new “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” The D-O Interactive Droid has multiple modes of play, moving head and antennae, and features light-up LED eyes, sound effects and more. $129.99 at Target stores and Target.com Sticky details • Kids (of all ages) love stickers. They’re a great way to express creativity and even show personality. Peel and Create Decal Stickers stick to anything but are also easily removable and reusable. $12 per sheet; five for $55 at Honeycomb, 1641-B Tower Grove Avenue, ihearthoneycomb.com

Airpod case • If he already has airpods, this cool Nike case from LKDEPO will keep them from getting lost (you hope). And if he doesn’t have airpods, then that’s another gift idea. $11.99 at amazon.com

Soccer ball • As the popularity of English football increases here, it’s likely you have a family member who would appreciate an authentic English football. Liverpool is a popular Premier League team. $28 at the English Shop, 423 South Main Street, St. Charles, theenglishshoponline.com



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Trivial Pursuit Back to the ‘80s “Stranger Things” edition • With one category devoted to the hit Netflix TV show and the rest focused on the ‘80s, you’ll want to join your friends in this party game that sends you to the Upside Down. $19.99 at Walmart and walmart.com

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Esther 14k Gold Filled Necklace, $35 Esther Sterling Silver Necklace, $25

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Mani-Pedi lapdesk • The Cozy Sherpa lapdesk opens to reveal storage compartments for polish and tools while the sherpa base offers a cute, stable support. $69 at Pottery Barn Teen, pbteen.com Spikeball • The craze continues for teenage boys, but anyone can have fun playing Spikeball, which is a combination of volleyball, handball and foursquare. $59.99 at Dick’s Sporting Goods stores, dicksportinggoods.com

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THE LIST: FOR TECHIES Laptop backpack • We can vouch for this backpack, which we bought for a summer trip overseas. It’s got plenty of pockets for the essentials and a padded sleeve for a laptop or tablet, and it sits solidly on the ground while you open its doctor-bag top. $39.99, amazon.com

Wireless turntable • With vinyl outselling CDs for the first time in since 1986 it’s time to get in on the record revival. This Pro-Ject VT-E BT record player is Bluetooth-enabled, so it connects to audio systems wirelessly. $399.95 at amazon.com Tile stickers • Don’t lose your phone, keys or purse again with these waterproof Tile stickers. An app lets you track their location to a 150-foot range. $39.99 for two at thetileapp.com

Mophie case • Your protective phone case can also charge it with the Mophie case’s built-in battery. This one is for the iPhone 11, but it’s also a great gift idea for those who have an older phone that doesn’t hold its charge as well. $99.95 at zagg.com Amazon Echo • Control smart home devices using voice commands with this Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) smart speaker. Set alarms, play music and check the weather using voice commands. This Amazon Echo Dot has a built-in LED display that shows the time, date and temperature in big, bold characters. $49.99 at Best Buy stores and bestbuy.com

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THE LIST: FOR THE ADVENTURER Solar-powered backpack • The front flap of this backpack features a lightweight foldable solar panel so you are never without power on your hikes again. The Eceen pack itself is made with a unique trampoline suspension system that allows fresh air to pass between the pack and your back keeping you cool and comfortable. $139.99 at amazon. com

Hammock • Amazon’s best-selling hammock is perfect for scouting and camping. The MalloMe portable double tree hammock fits two adults, packs down to the size of a volleyball and weighs only a pound and a half, including ropes. $18.99 at amazon.com

Camping chairs • Great for campers and backpackers, these superlight Hex 2.0 chairs roll-up compactly and are easy to carry. $58.50 at crazycreek.com

Winter coat • The Alpine Shop’s most popular women’s winter coat is perfect for up in the mountains or strolling through the city. It’s available in six different colors and in sizes ranging from 2 to 22. $259 at the Alpine Shop, 440 North Kirkwood Road or 1616 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield, alpineshop. com

Fishing reel • Get ready for your next fishing trip with one of Bass Pro’s highest-rated reels, the Daiwa Lexa 300-WN Baitcast Reel with Winn grips. $199.99 at Bass Pro Shops, 1365 South Fifth Street, St. Charles, basspro. com

Your own kayak • Forget rentals. Hit the water whenever you please with your own kayak. The Emotion Spitfire 9-foot kayak comes in several colors. $299.88 at Cabela’s, 5555 St. Louis Mills Boulevard, Hazelwood, cabelas.com

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“How to Land on Your Feet” • With adorable illustrations by Jamie Shelman and sage advice from cats themselves (“The best solution to a problem is a nap”), this book is perfect for the cat-lover in your life. $12.95 at amazon.com

Doggie treats • Why should humans have all the gourmet fun. Let Fido celebrate the Blues and the Cardinals too with these sweet treats. $2.50-$7.50 each at Canine Cookies N Cream Dog Bakery, 822 South Main Street, St. Charles, caninecookiesncream.com







Petcube • Wondering what to give your pet mom or dad this season? The Petcube provides real-time video and two-way audio for pet owners to interact with their furry friends anywhere at anytime. It also lets you dispense treats so your pet never feels lonely. $89 at chewy.com stltoday.com/thelist

THE LIST: FOR PETS Cat bed • Sometimes cats need a place to get away, sometimes they need a little ball to play with. This Whisker City Kitty Cat Bed Hut provides both. $35.99 at PetSmart stores and petsmart.com


Treat jar • Keep your Yadi’s Yummies homemade trail mix fresh in this glass jar that reads “Paws off my treats.” It can also be personalized. $20 for the jar. $10 for treats at Yadi’s Yummies, 1251 Jungermann Road, St. Peters, yadisyummies.com

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Pet fountain • Your cats will love this fountain water dispenser by Mospro. Just plug it in, and your pet (it even works for dogs, birds and small animals) can drink or entertain himself whenever he wants. $20.99 at amazon.com Collar and lead • This fashionable Distinguished Dog collar and matching lead comes with polymer buckles, which are lightweight and sturdy. $41 for both at St. Louis company Bone Tie STL, facebook.com/bonetiestl


Waggin’ in style • This teal Petrageous sweater is a fashionable and durable way to keep your pooch cozy during winter walks. $16.99 at Petropolis Pet Resort, 16830 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, petropolis. com



THE LIST: FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE STL Puzzle Twist • It’s a 1,000 piece puzzle and the subject is our hometown complete with the Arch, Busch Stadium, the Old Courthouse and Laclede’s Landing. But there’s a twist. These Something’s Amiss puzzles aren’t exactly what’s shown on the box making for a bit of a challenge. $24 at Sparrow + Mason, 6050 Second Street, Kimmswick, sparrowandmason.com

A Year in the City St. Louis calendar • The all-St. Louis calendar is back with 12 colorful new prints by local artist Janet Muhm. Prints trim down to fit an 11-by14-inch frame, so you can frame them after the months have passed. $26 at Union Studio, 1605 Tower Grove Avenue, stlunionstudio.com St. Louis print • Help a current or former St. Louisan decorate his home with a print of his favorite city. This print comes in multiple sizes and materials, including poster and canvas. $20 for a 20-by-30-inch poster at etsy.com St. Louis Flag Knit Scarf • Let your St. Louis pride keep you warm with this acrylic-lycra blend scarf with the city flag design. It comes in gray and also in traditional red, navy, yellow and white. $16.95 at STL-Style, 3159 Cherokee Street, stl-style.com



Home style • It’s a thoughtful gift for the home: a flour sack towel featuring a print of three St. Louis buildings, a pottery soap dish and a bar of homemade soap, all by local artisans. The gift box is $42 at Union Studio, 1605 Tower Grove Avenue, stlunionstudio.com

Mighty Mississippi • This pillow is created with an image from the Missouri Historical Society’s collections, a birds-eye view of St. Louis riverfront in 1859. $39.95 at the Missouri Historical Society, 5700 Lindell Boulevard, MoHistory.org Red Hot Riplets shower curtain • Can’t wait until you’re out of the shower to start thinking of diving into a bag of Red Hot Riplets? All you need is this spicy shower curtain, brought to you by St. Louis spicemeisters Old Vienna. $60, oldviennallc. com/shop/

Arch merch • This handsome replica of the Gateway Arch is constructed from an actual piece of cable that was used to pull the trams up and down the Arch. $69.95, $79.95 and $750 at the Arch Store, Gateway Arch National Park, shop.jnpa.com

Children’s Arch gift box • Kids will love this boxed assortment of activity books, story books that celebrate the Gateway Arch. Collection includes a plush squirrel, photo frame, water bottle and snap bracelet. $49.95 at the Arch Store, Gateway Arch National Park, jnpa.com

City map pint glass • Just imagine drinking your favorite Schlafly or Urban Chestnut beer from this pint glass etched with a map of the city of St. Louis (other cities and glass types available). $18 at welltolddesign.com


THE LIST: STOCKING STUFFERS Mister Rogers sticky notes • Leave messages for all your favorite neighbors with this book of Mister Rogers-themed sticky notes. Select the appropriate Rogers-ism (“You’re special,” “Could you be mine?” etc.), or use the colorful tabs to mark pages with a tiny Lady Elaine Fairchilde or Daniel Striped Tiger. $6.99 at shop.pbs.org

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Bob Ross bandages • Bob Ross famously turned blunders into “happy accidents.” You can do the same with these clever bandages shaped like the big-haired painter’s head. $5.99 at shop.pbs.org

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Reusable straws • Love straws and the environment? These Vantic collapsible reusable silicone straws come four to a pack with a cute carrying case. $12.99 at amazon.com

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Wild about birds • Collect the St. Louis Zoo’s 2019 limited edition holiday ornament featuring a Humboldt penguin from the Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel. $16 at the Zoo gift shops, 1 Government Drive, 314-781-0900, Ext. 4779, stlzoo.org.

Guinea pig ornament • Are your kids begging for a guinea pig or would you like to pay homage to a furry friend? Add a smile with this glass guinea pig ornament, $18.99 at oldworldchristmas.com Arch ornaments • These holiday ornaments are created by St. Louis designer Diane Katzman and feature the St. Louis Arch in holiday settings. Choose from two designs, Arch with a poinsettia or Arch with the word “Gloria.” $17.95 each at thepost-dispatchstore.com

Arch glass ornament • This bell-shaped glass ornament features hand-painted scenes of the Gateway Arch, Old Courthouse and downtown St. Louis skyline. It comes nestled inside a cloth box. $21.95 at the Arch Store, Gateway Arch National Park, shop.jnpa.com

Book page ornament • This owl ornament made of replicated book type makes a fun and festive gift for teachers. $6 at the Novel Neighbor, 7904 Big Bend Boulevard, thenovelneighbor.com 24


Hummingbird ornament • These hummingbird cloisonné ornaments, 2½ inches by 3½ inches, are made of enamel over copper and gold plated. $21.99 each at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Garden Gate Gift Shop, 4344 Shaw Boulevard, mobot.org Metal holiday ornaments • Handcrafted ornaments will add a rustic gleam to your holiday decorating. Make your own during a class at Metal Crafters Studio, 310 East Main Street, Belleville (in the Olde Town Mall). Prices start at $20. Find them on Facebook.

Tree ornament • Made with rare vintage jewelry and holiday charms, this mosaic ornament is handmade by local artist Brenda Fraser. $56 at Butterfly & Moon, 814 South Main Street, St. Charles, butterflyandmoon.com


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THE LIST: FOR SPORTS FANS AND ATHLETES Cardinals fan favorite • What Cards fan will be able to resist a happy, friendly (and ever so slightly kitschy) 7-foot inflatable Fredbird? New this year. $189 from the Official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium, 708 Clark Street, or mlb.com/cardinals/ fans/experiences-andmerchandise

Perfect your putt • The golfer on your list will appreciate the PuttOut Pressure Putt Trainer. The design simulates the conditions of an actual green and forces you to develop muscle memory for the perfect putt. It’s been recommended by dozens of golf magazines and professionals. $28.77 at amazon.com

Wood sports sign • Declare your sports pride (and we have a lot to be proud of this year) with this Blues and Cardinals sign. $18 at the Nic Nac Stop, 415, South Main Street, St. Charles, nic-nac-stop.com

Stanley Cup scarf • This stylish scarf is perfect to wear with anything and everything to show off your love for the Stanley Cup champs. The officially licensed scarf is lightweight and 100% polyester and measures 50 inches by 7.5 inches with fringed ends. $34.99 at thepost-dispatchstore.com

Battlehawks tee • The St. Louis Battlehawks XFL team is coming, and you can be ready with this Est. in 2020 T-shirt. $24 at shop.xfl.com

Mizzou hat • Support the Missouri Tigers and stay warm (and stylish) with this New Era Sideline Home Cuffed Knit Hat. $29.99 at fanatics.com



Cardinals door sign • Greet your guests with this handmade door sign from St. Louis-based company Misfits and Memories. $25 for 14-inch sign at facebook. com/misfitsand memories/

Stanley Cup mug • Sip your favorite drink from this 314 (the 1 is a Stanley Cup) glass mason jar mug handmade by the Sassy Crafty Gals. $11 at SassyCraftyGals.Etsy.com or at Blooming Daisy Marketplace, 5541 Chestnut Street, Cottleville, bloomingdaisymarketplace.com

Stretch bands • Athletes of all levels and sports can benefit from these Fit Simplify resistance loop exercise bands. This set of five comes with a bag, guide and video. $8.95 at amazon.com





THE LIST: FOR FOODIES Dessert sauces set • Made from scratch in St. Louis, this set contains dark chocolate fudge, white chocolate peppermint and cayenne chili chocolate sauces for ice creams, waffles, brownies or anything that needs a touch of sweetness. $39 at Larder & Cupboard, 7310 Manchester Road, larderandcupboard.com

Robotic bartender • Barsys 2.0 is the app-controlled robotic cocktail maker that sits on your counter top. No more being the bartender at your own party or worrying about over (or under) serving your guests. Simply load the machine with five spirits and three mixers, let the app know what you put in it, and it pulls from a list of cocktails it already knows how to make, or you can customize and save your own. $979 at thebarsys.com

Death by tacos • This comfy, triblend T-shirt is perfect for that special someone who lives every day like it’s Taco Tuesday. Available in men’s and women’s sizes. $30 at thechivery.com

Drink mixing glass • Wow your party guests by preparing cocktails in this elegant Cocktail Kingdom Sokata mixing glass (23 ounces). It’s made from heavy-duty glass. A geometric design on the exterior makes it easy to grip, and a pour spout keeps messes to a minimum. $37.95 at Intoxicology, 4321 Manchester Avenue, intoxicologystl.com

Royal seasonings • Queen Elizabeth no longer has corgis in the castle. But this ceramic salt-andpepper shaker set depicting the queen and her longtime canine companion will class up any dinner table. $14.99 at shop.pbs.org

Sushi set • This stoneware sushi set was made by St. Louis artist Sandra Zak and is dishwasher and microwave safe. $38 at Eclectica, 3189 South Grand Boulevard, eclecticastl.com

Cakebread wine • Pinot noirs usually make great gifts for any wine drinker on your list, and this is one of our favorites. The Two Creeks Vineyards from Cakebread Cellars 2017 pinot noir tastes of berries with smooth tannins. $44.99 at Schnucks, the Wine and Cheese Place and the Wine Merchant, 7817 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton

Stirred, not shaken • Are you shaking drinks that are meant to be stirred? This 13-inch Bulu Barware pineapple bar spoon will have you stirring in style. A coiled gunmetal-black handle is topped with a distinctive gold pineapple. $30.99 at Intoxicology, 4321 Manchester Avenue, intoxicologystl.com 28


Tailgating grill • The Hero grill is perfect for tailgating or anytime you are on the go. It weighs less than 10 pounds, it’s nonstick and dishwasher safe, and the charcoal pod components are ready in 10 minutes. $139.95 at herogrill.fireandflavor.com

Wooden heart bowl • Make a sweet statement with this heart-shaped bowl made in the Philippines, perfect for serving candies or displayed on its own. $26 at Zee Bee Marketplace, 3211 South Grand Boulevard, and 7270 Manchester Road, Maplewood, zeebeemarket.com


THE LIST: FOR FOODIES TV cookbook • “America’s Test Kitchen” has been on the air for 20 years, if you can believe that. “America’s Test Kitchen Twentieth Anniversary TV Show Cookbook” is an extensive collection of the show’s best recipes. $40 at the Novel Neighbor, 7905 Big Bend Road, Webster Groves, thenovelneighbor.com

Ravioli spoon rest • In St. Louis, if it’s not a toasted ravioli, it might as well work as a spoon rest. This silicone conversation piece will look just right splashed with a bit of sauce. $8 at Urban Matter, 3179 South Grand Boulevard, urbanmatter stl.com

Bacon grease can • What to do with that bacon grease once you’ve cooked that bacon? The Ayesha Enamel on Steel Bacon Grease can is your solution. It features durable, heavy gauge steel construction and a 4-inch diameter that provide ample storage volume and comes in a variety of colors. $15 at potsandpans.com

Caramel apples • For a decadent gift, four hand-dipped caramel apples come individually wrapped in festive “Noel” boxes. $59.95 at williams-sonoma.com Santa smiles • A dozen chocolate Santas are sure to bring joy (and comfort) as place-setters for a holiday dinner or even just as party favors. $48 at Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier, Plaza Frontenac, 1701 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Frontenac, bissingers. com

Compost tumbler • Make your own high-quality soil (and thus grow your own high-quality food) with this Maze twostage compost tumbler, designed to generate the most amount of compost over time with a 65-gallon capacity drum. $181.79 at Lowe’s stores and lowes.com. Mixing bowls • This Rachael Ray 10-piece Mix & Measure set is constructed from durable and lightweight melamine. The set includes 2-quart, 3-quart and 4-quart mixing bowls, ¼ cup, ⅓ cup, ½ cup, 1 cup and 2 cup measuring cups, and a spatula and spoonula. $50 at potsandpans.com

Dutch oven • Make your giftee smile every time he or she goes to cook with this turquoise five-quart enameled cast-iron dutch oven from the folks at the Food Network. Also in red, graphite and navy. $79.99 (often on sale) at Kohl’s stores and kohls.com stltoday.com/thelist

Kitchen scale • Whether you are trying to weigh your portion sizes or checking to see how big that tomato is you grew in your garden, a digital kitchen scale is a good investment. This Ozeri ZK14-T Pronto is one of the best and prettiest (and comes in a variety of colors). $14.84 on amazon.com 11.17.19 • ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH • THE LIST


THE LIST: FOR THE HOSTESS Llama holiday towel • This tea towel by Kellie Montana is sure to delight the llama lovers on your list. $10.99 at April’s on Main, 222 North Main Street, St. Charles, aprilsonmain.com

Totes, wine • Don’t just bring your hostess wine, bring it to her in a reusable wine tote made from repurposed military tents from Clea Ray. Beer versions are also available. $19.99 wine at Sparrow + Mason, 6050 Second Street, Kimmswick, sparrowandmason.com

St. Nick square platter • He sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, he now knows when you take a cookie. This Santa platter makes a great gift for party hosts or frequent Christmas cookie bakers. $30 at Story Seven, 7 North Gore Avenue, Webster Groves, storysevenstl.com Yeti wine tumbler • Take your wine outside without changing the temperature with this 10-ounce Yeti tumbler. Its double-wall vacuum insulation keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot. Available in multiple colors. $24.99 at amazon.com

Caramel corn • Hosts and teachers will love this gift idea. A small bag of caramel popcorn made locally. $5 at Kirkwood Pop Co., 108 North Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, kirkwoodpopco.com

Bottle stoppers • These handmade wine bottle stoppers can substitute for a cork on any wine bottle size. They come in 12 different colors, one for every birthstone. $24 each at uncommongoods.com Ceramic snack bowl • Chocolate is the answer (or should be!) to any and every question, and this is the perfect little dish to hold a snack-size amount of chocolate, nuts or even dips and condiments. $8 at the Gingham Buffalo, 500 North Main Street, Edwardsville, ginghambuffalo.com

Terrarium • Liven any space with this beach garden terrarium. Components include a live tillandsia plant, driftwood and Swedish moss. $30 at worldmarket.com Notecards • Photographer Elizabeth Koziatek of Echoes Photography captured iconic images of St. Charles and turned them into a set of note cards. $15 for a set of 12 at at Blooming Daisy Marketplace, 5541 Chestnut Street, Cottleville, bloomingdaisymarketplace.com 30







HOLIDAY ARTS: FAMILY EVENTS Augusta History Museum and chat with Santa on his throne in the Olde Wine Hall. While you’re there, shop the Christmas Market.

Guests make their way toward the Kimmswick Visitors Center during Christmas in Kimmswick in 2018.

WHEN 5-10 p.m. Dec. 6 and Dec. 13 • WHERE Augusta, Mo. • HOW MUCH Free • MORE INFO augusta-chamber.org

CANDLELIGHT STROLL AT THORNHILL Take a self-guided tour through the decorated rooms of Thornhill, the home where Missouri’s second governor, Frederick Bates, lived with his family. Costumed docents will provide more historic information.

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If you’re still relishing the Blues’ Stanley Cup victory, celebrate at Winterfest at the Arch, which extends its fun this time through NHL All-Star Weekend in January. How better to symbolize St. Louis spirit than by lacing up your skates in the shadow of the Gateway Arch? The seasonal spirit isn’t all about hockey, though: Do a little Christmas shopping, and then relax with a mug of something warm at dozens of other events this holiday season. BELLEVILLE CHRISTKINDLMARKT Browse handmade gifts, and enjoy entertainment, visits with live reindeer, demonstrations and holiday treats at this annual 32

shopping experience modeled after authentic German Christmas markets. While you’re there, visit Santa at his house on the square.


WHEN Nov. 29-Dec. 23 • WHERE Public square, Main and Illinois streets, Belleville • HOW MUCH Free • MORE INFO bellevillechristkindlmarkt.com

BETHALTO CHRISTMAS VILLAGE Walk through a winter wonderland of lights, festive cottages, Christmas trees and a live Nativity. Plus, visit Santa, enjoy live entertainment and buy a few gifts at vendor booths. The 75 live trees used as a backdrop for the village will be given to families in need. WHEN 5-8 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Nov. 30-Dec. 22 • WHERE Central Park (behind the village hall), 213 North Prairie Street, Bethalto • HOW MUCH Free • MORE INFO facebook.com/bethaltochristmasvillage

BOB KRAMER’S MARIONNETTES Bob Kramer’s Marionnettes have entertained St. Louis audiences for more than 50 years. Before each show, visitors can see the process of puppet-building. This year’s holiday show is “A Big Bear Christmas.”

Zane Stern visits with Santa in 2018 at Santa’s House in Belleville.

CHEROKEE STREET COOKIE SPREE AND PRINT BAZAAR Shop one of largest print sales in the Midwest, featuring the work of more than 100 local and regional artists. While you’re there, participate in the 36th annual Cookie Spree on antique row, where guests can enjoy cookies, cider, a petting zoo, live music, pictures with Santa and more. WHEN Bazaar is 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 7; spree is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 7 • WHERE Cherokee Street • HOW MUCH Free • MORE INFO facebook.com/cherokeestreetusa

WHEN Nov. 29-Dec. 31 • WHERE Bob Kramer’s Marionnette Theatre, 4143 Laclede Avenue • HOW MUCH $14, $12 for children and seniors; reservations required • MORE INFO 314-531-3313; kramersmarionnettes.com

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Kids can watch a chef flip pancakes into the air, make a holiday craft to take home, explore the Magic House all day and tell Santa what they want for Christmas. WHEN Various times, Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 • WHERE Magic House, 516 South

Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood • HOW MUCH $22, $15 for members; reservations required • MORE INFO magichouse.org

CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS WALK AND CHRISTMAS MARKET Stroll Augusta by the light of more than 1,000 luminaries, and enjoy its shops and galleries at the 37th annual Christmas walk. Take a free ride on the antique trolley, sing with the roving carolers, visit a German immigrant home at the

CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT TOURS Sip hot apple cider, listen to carolers and stroll through the candlelit historic village while learning about Christmas on the frontier in the early 1800s. “Daniel Boone” will visit to reminisce about winters past. Reservations are recommended. WHEN 6-10:30 p.m. Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 13-14 • WHERE Historic Daniel Boone Home at Lindenwood Park, 1868 Highway F, Defiance • HOW MUCH $10-$15 • MORE INFO 636-798-2005; sccmo.org


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WHEN 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 7, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 13, 5-9 p.m. Dec. 14 • WHERE Faust Park, 15185 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield • HOW MUCH $10-$12, $5 for children 4-12 (cash only at the door) • MORE INFO 314-6158328; stlouisco.com/parksandrecreation




HOLIDAY ARTS: FAMILY EVENTS St. Charles Christmas Traditions character Gipple Shatford knocks a snowman from the hand of the Daniel Boone statue on Main Street in 2017.

JINGLE AND MINGLE: A HOLIDAY DINNER CRUISE All aboard the Becky Thatcher paddlewheeler for a buffet dinner featuring favorite holiday dishes, a cash bar and a DJ playing music to put you in the Christmas spirit. The boat will be decked in twinkling lights from top to bottom. WHEN 7:30-10 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, Dec. 5-15; boarding at 7 p.m. • WHERE Riverboats at the Gateway Arch, 50 South Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard • HOW MUCH $30-$53; reservations required • MORE INFO gatewayarch.com/riverboats

WHEN 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 23 • WHERE Kimmswick • HOW MUCH Free • MORE INFO 636-464-6464; gokimmswick.com

CHRISTMAS WITH THE BIRDS Get your passport stamped by elves at each station as you make your way toward Kris Kringle and Owliver the holiday owl. Write a letter to Santa, decorate a cookie,


make a holiday craft, enjoy treats and hot chocolate, and visit birds of prey.

an art show and sale, free pictures with Santa, a Christmas parade and open houses at historic sites.

WHEN 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 14 • WHERE World Bird Sanctuary, 125 Bald Eagle Ridge Road, Valley Park • HOW MUCH $10-$12 • MORE INFO 636225-4390; worldbirdsanctuary.org

‘DISNEY JUNIOR HOLIDAY PARTY!’ Sing and dance with your favorite Disney friends, including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, the Puppy Dog Pals, Vampirina and more — plus Santa Claus. Children under age 2 do not need a ticket to join the fun. WHEN 6 p.m. Dec. 4 • WHERE Stifel Theatre, 1400 Market Street • HOW MUCH $22-$82 • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

E. DESMOND LEE HOLIDAY TRAIN EXHIBIT The National Museum of Transportation gets festive by showing off


WHEN 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 12:30-5 p.m. Dec. 8 • WHERE Downtown Ste. Genevieve • HOW MUCH Free • MORE INFO visitstegen.com

Skaters make their way around the ice rink at Winterfest at the Arch at Kiener Plaza in 2017.

the region’s largest holiday train display, plus the train display from downtown’s former Famous-Barr/Macy’s. Miniature train rides are also available, along with Santa on Saturdays and Sundays in December. (He arrives by helicopter at 10 a.m. Nov. 30.)

WHEN Nov. 29-Jan. 5 • WHERE National Museum of Transportation, 2933 Barrett Station Road, Kirkwood • HOW MUCH Free with $12 admission, $5 for ages 3-12 • MORE INFO tnmot.org

HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL IN STE. GENEVIEVE Musicians will perform at historic churches and other downtown venues at this event, which also includes

INTERACTIVE ‘WHITE CHRISTMAS’ Sing along at an interactive screening of “White Christmas,” the 1954 holiday classic starring Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney. Audience members will get a bag filled with props to use during the movie. Arrive 30 minutes early to test your knowledge of Christmas movie trivia. WHEN 7 p.m. Dec. 13, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 14, 2 p.m. Dec. 15 • WHERE Wildey Theatre, 252 North Main Street, Edwardsville • HOW MUCH $10-$15 • MORE INFO wildeytheatre.com

WHEN 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 6-7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 8 • WHERE Kimmswick • HOW MUCH $30 for cookie walk • MORE INFO 636-464-6464; gokimmswick.com

MAEYSTOWN OLD FASHIONED GERMAN CHRISTMAS Visit with Sankt Nikolaus and take a carriage ride to celebrate a German Christmas in this charming town founded in 1843. The stone bridge, stone church, barns and outbuildings provide a picturesque backdrop for a strolling brass ensemble, hammered-dulcimer players and German carolers. The lighting of the village weihnachtsbaum (Christmas tree) happens at the end of the festival. WHEN 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec. 1 • WHERE Maeystown, Ill. • HOW MUCH Free • MORE INFO maeystown.com


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CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE AND HOLIDAY PARADE Kimmswick will be decked for the holidays, carolers will stroll the luminarylighted streets and shopkeepers will serve refreshments. Santa arrives to visit with children at the Christmas Parade at 11 a.m. At 4:45 p.m., he’ll light the visitor center Christmas tree. Complimentary horsedrawn trolley rides are available from 2 to 8 p.m.

KIMMSWICK CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL AND COOKIE WALK Stop by the visitor center or go online to buy a cookbook, which contains favorite cookie recipes from 27 participating shops. Visitors also get a map and a bag to collect cookie samples. Shops and restaurants will be open late, buildings will be decorated and luminaries will light the way. Carolers will be out, and carriage rides will help transport guests.



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McKenna Penland marches with the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois in Santa’s Holiday Avenue Parade in 2018 in Granite City.

NATIVE AMERICAN HOLIDAY MARKET Buy jewelry, baskets, sculpture, pottery and other gifts made by Native American artists and craftspeople. WHEN Noon-5 p.m. Nov. 29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1 • WHERE Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 30 Ramey Street, Collinsville • HOW MUCH Free • MORE INFO cahokiamounds.org

NOONTIME NEW YEAR’S EVE Ring in the new year a few hours early at the Magic House. Kids can make their own noise-makers and wish wands, pose for a keepsake photo with 2020-themed props and dance the day away.

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WHEN 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 31 • WHERE Magic House, 516 South Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood • HOW MUCH Free with museum admission • MORE INFO magichouse.org

AN OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS Two notable St. Louis homes, decorated for the holidays, will welcome guests for tours and to learn about their history. The Campbell House, now a museum, was built in 1851 for businessman and fur trader Robert stltoday.com/thelist

Campbell. The Magic Chef Mansion, now a private residence, was built in 1908 for Charles Stockstrom, founder of the Quick Meal and Magic Chef Stove Co. WHEN 5-8 p.m. Dec. 13-14 • WHERE Campbell House Museum, 1508 Locust Street; Magic Chef Mansion, 3400 Russell Boulevard • HOW MUCH $30-$40 • MORE INFO campbellhousemuseum.org

PJS AND PANCAKES WITH SANTA CLAUS Wear your comfy pajamas for a riverboat cruise on the Mississippi River. A breakfast buffet will be served, and guests will enjoy special activities, great views of St. Louis and photo opportunities with Santa. WHEN 9:30-11 a.m. Nov. 23, Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14; boarding at 9 a.m. • WHERE Riverboats at the Gateway Arch, 50 South Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard • HOW MUCH $38 for ages 3 and up; reservations required • MORE INFO gatewayarch.com/riverboats

POLAR EXPRESS TRAIN RIDE Don your Christmas jammies: It’s time to board the Polar Express, which travels from St. Louis Union Station to the “North Pole,” where Santa and his elves

by Jane Austen Adapted by Christopher Baker Directed by Hana S. Sharif

Dec 4–29

will board the train for a visit. On the ride back downtown, singing chefs will lead Christmas carols. The excursion is based on Chris Van Allsburg’s classic children’s book that became a movie. WHEN Nov. 29-Dec. 30 (no ride Christmas Day) • WHERE Union Station, 1820 Market Street • HOW MUCH $35 and up; meal packages sold separately • MORE INFO 314-942-6942; stlpolarexpressride.com

ST. CHARLES CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS It’s the 45th season of St. Charles’ monthlong festival, where more than 50 costumed characters and Santas from around the world spread cheer in the streets. Visitors can mail a letter to Santa and visit his cottage, enjoy roasted chestnuts and get a jump on holiday shopping. Don’t miss the parade at 1:30 p.m. on opening day and on Saturdays and Sundays. A tree-lighting ceremony is at 5 p.m. on opening day. WHEN Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 29Dec. 24 • WHERE Main Street in St. Charles • HOW MUCH Free • MORE INFO stcharleschristmas.com

Events include:

December 6–8, 2019 on the campus of Webster University. Visit REPSTL.ORG for a full list of events.

• • • •

Pride and Prejudice at The Rep Regency Ball Backstage Theatre Tours Tea Treats Baking Class presented by the London Tea Room • Tea Luncheon & Costume Design Presentation • A host of speakers

The Rep, Webster University and the Jane Austen Society of North America are sponsoring this program in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Imaginary Theatre Company—Tickets only $10!

November 23

December 21–23

10:30 AM*, 12:30 PM*, 3:00 PM

* Sensory-Friendly Performance

Performed at the Heagney Theatre Nerinx Hall High School

REPSTL.ORG | 314-968-4925 11.17.19 • ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH • THE LIST


HOLIDAY ARTS: FAMILY EVENTS Members of the Chinese Education and Culture Center march in 2018 in the St. Louis Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The Magic Chef Mansion

WHEN 8:45 a.m. Nov. 28 • WHERE Starts on Market Street at 20th and travels east to Broadway • HOW MUCH Free • MORE INFO christmasinstlouis.org

Santa Claus greets his young fans on board the Polar Express Train Ride in 2015.

SANTA PARADE IN BELLEVILLE Belleville’s Santa Parade, sponsored by the Optimist Club of Belleville, began in 1952 and is the largest parade in Southern Illinois. It features floats, marching bands, dance groups, and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. After the parade, visit Santa at his house at the town square. WHEN 10 a.m. Nov. 29 • WHERE Starts at North Third and West A streets, downtown Belleville • HOW MUCH Free • MORE INFO bellevilleoptimist.org

SANTA’S HOLIDAY AVENUE PARADE A holiday festival with pony rides, food trucks, vendors and a chili cookoff follows the Santa’s Holiday Avenue parade in downtown Granite City. Mr. Claus gets a coveted spot in the holiday carriage. WHEN 1 p.m. Nov. 23 • WHERE Begins at 27th Street and Madison Avenue; ends at city hall, 2000 Edison Avenue, Granite City • MORE INFO granitecity.illinois.gov

SOUTH GRAND GRINCHMAS AND COCOA CRAWL Get your picture taken with the Grinch at Apotheosis Comics, and vote for your favorite decorated business window for a chance to win a $100 gift card. Participating 36

WINTER CELEBRATIONS The St. Louis Art Museum celebrates cultures from around the world with performances, treats and family art activities daily. A Kwanzaa celebration noon-4 p.m. Dec. 29 includes an afternoon of performances.

shops will donate 10% of sales to Shriners Hospital for Children. WHEN 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 7 • WHERE South Grand business district • HOW MUCH Free; $7 for photos • MORE INFO southgrand.org

A SPIRITED HOLIDAY PAST On one day, 27 historic homes, museums and private residences will open to show off their holiday finery, and caretakers will discuss the buildings’


history. Customize a tour to see Civil War sites, African American sites, French heritage sites and others. This grand tour debuted in 2018. WHEN 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 7 • WHERE Multiple locations • HOW MUCH Fees vary by location • MORE INFO historicsaintlouis.org

VICTORIAN HOLIDAY IN LEBANON A lamplighter strolls St. Louis Street, lighting

up shops and the town Christmas tree, to kick off Lebanon’s celebration of Victorian heritage. The 27th annual event includes a parade and photographs with Father Christmas, children’s activities, horse-drawn carriage rides, live entertainment and holiday treats. WHEN 5-9 p.m. Nov. 22, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 23 • WHERE Lebanon • HOW MUCH Free • MORE INFO facebook. com/lebanonvictorianholiday

WHEN 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 14-15 • WHERE St. Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park • HOW MUCH Free • MORE INFO slam.org

‘WINTER WONDERLAND ON ICE’ Solo skaters and synchronized teams from the St. Peters Rec-Plex glide through their original programs on a rink that becomes a winter wonderland.

Holiday characters also join in the fun for the whole family. WHEN 7 p.m. Dec. 13, 5 p.m. Dec. 14 • WHERE St. Peters Rec-Plex, 5200 Mexico Road, St. Peters • HOW MUCH $6.50-$9.50 • MORE INFO stpetersmo.net

WINTERFEST AT THE ARCH Once again, the Blues and the Gateway Arch Park Foundation bring an ice rink to Kiener Plaza for the holidays. And this year’s edition of Winterfest is the longest yet. It will coincide with NHL AllStar Weekend in St. Louis at the end of January. WHEN Fridays-Sundays, Nov. 23Jan. 26 • WHERE Keiner Plaza, 500 Chestnut Street • HOW MUCH Free; skate rental is $12, $7 for ages 3-15 • MORE INFO archpark.org/winterfest


P H O T O S : P O S T- D I S PAT C H ( A M E R E N T H A N K S G I V I N G D AY PA R A D E ) ; M A G I C C H E F M A N S I O N ( M A G I C C H E F M A N S I O N ) ; G A B E H A R T W I G , P O S T- D I S PAT C H ( P O L A R E X P R E S S T R A I N R I D E )

ST. LOUIS THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE Downtown’s Thanksgiving Day Parade features more than 130 entries, including floats, giant helium-filled balloons, restored antique cars and firetrucks, and marching bands from across the region. And, as he does every year, Santa ushers in the holiday season at the end of the parade. The parade will be broadcast live on KMOV (Channel 4).


holiday memories

at powell hall

The Nutcracker

A Gospel Christmas


December 18-19

November 29-December 1

with Kennedy Holmes

MEDIA SUPPORT PROVIDED BY KEZK AND KMOX Please note: this is not a dance performance.


Big Band Holidays: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Film with Live Score

Home Alone in Concert

December 4

December 20-21

Please note: The SLSO will not perform on this program.

Baroque Fireworks Fir ork

Film with Live Score

Beauty and the Beast in Concert

December 6-8

December 27-28

M Mercy Holiday Celebration

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December 13-15 PRESENTED BY





Home Alone in Concert © 1990 Twentieth Century Fox





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Beauty and the Beast © Disney. All rights reserved.




The Anheuser-Busch Brewery is a aglow for Brewery Lights in 2018.


St. Louisans are pretty good at wrapping a strand of twinkling lights around anything that doesn’t (or does) move to celebrate the holiday season. Case in point: The Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows celebrates the 50th anniversary of its display this year. Bundle up to check out a municipal or commercial display, take a curbside seat for a lighted holiday parade, or go for a drive to see the brightest homes and neighborhoods. (For a guide, visit holidaylight hopping.com, compiled by locals Laura Thake and Mitch Miller.)



WHEN 5-10 p.m. Fridays- Sundays Nov. 22-Dec. 30, drive-through tours welcome MondaysWednesdays • WHERE AnheuserBusch Brewery, 1200 Lynch Street • HOW MUCH Free • MORE INFO 314-577-2626; budweisertours.com

CELEBRATION OF LIGHTS This light display, which has been delighting guests since 1991, includes scenes designed and funded by local organizations, churches and businesses. It attracts more than 10,000 vehicles each year and more than 10,000 visitors during the Old-Fashioned Holiday Stroll, Dec. 9-10. Train and horse-drawn carriage or trolley rides are available. WHEN Nov. 29-Dec. 30, walk through Dec. 9-10, closed to vehicles on Mondays; closed Dec. 25 • WHERE Fort Zumwalt Park, 1000 Jessup Drive West, O’Fallon, Mo. • HOW MUCH $10 for cars, $15 for commercial vans and limos,

$8 Tuesday nights • MORE INFO ofallon.mo.us/celebration-of-lights

CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND AT ROCK SPRINGS PARK The “Grandpa Gang” has hung more than 4 million lights at Rock Springs Park for its annual display. Drive through and check out hundreds of scenes that include cascading waterfalls and lighted trees. A walk-through event (without cars) will be Dec. 2, and Santa will meet children through Christmas Eve at the Enchanted Forest. WHEN 6-9 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 5-9 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays,

Nov. 29-Dec. 29 • WHERE Rock Springs Park, 2116 College Avenue, Alton • HOW MUCH Suggested donation of $7 for cars and small vans, $1 per person for parties of 10 or more • MORE INFO 1-800-258-6645; visitalton.com

GARDEN GLOW The Missouri Botanical Garden transforms into a winter wonderland each year for Garden Glow. Interact with the outdoor displays featuring more than a million lights, and enjoy special photo ops, holiday treats and music. New this year: two different holiday-themed shows projected onto the exterior of



Where to find the best light-bulb moments this holiday season

BREWERY LIGHTS At Anheuser-Busch’s Brewery Lights, visitors can wander the beautifully illuminated Soulard campus, take a spin on the ice rink, explore the kids zone, sample A-B’s adult beverages and grab a bite in the biergarten. Fire pits and holiday packages are available.


For a chance to see Santa and watch colorfully illuminated displays roll through the streets, check out some of these nighttime parades. • Washington, 6 p.m. Nov. 29 • Highland, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29 • Millstadt, 7 p.m. Nov. 29 • Waterloo, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 30 • Prairie du Rocher, Ill., 6 p.m. Nov. 30 • O’Fallon, Ill., 6 p.m. Nov. 30 • Jerseyville, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 • Ferguson, 5 p.m. Dec. 1 • Wentzville, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1 • Festus-Crystal City, 7 p.m. Dec. 2 • Pevely-Herculaneum, 7 p.m. Dec. 5

The Climatron turns green for the 2016 Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis.

Tower Grove House. Garden Glow tickets include admission to the indoor Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show. This year’s train display theme is “Victorianstyle holiday.”


WHEN Nov. 23-Jan. 4; closed Dec. 9, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day • WHERE Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Boulevard • HOW MUCH $3-$18 • MORE INFO mobot.org

HOLIDAY IN THE PARK For a fourth year, Six Flags St. Louis drapes the park with more than 1 million twinkling lights. Visitors can ride the park’s usual attractions, plus take in a live, holidaythemed show, visit Santa and his helpers,


savor holiday treats and listen to holiday favorites performed by carolers. This year the park adds two new shows: “Miss Kitty’s Christmas” and “A Christmas Scarol,” starring a puppet, Jacob Marley. Also, visit the new Gingerbread Village, and watch for more daily “snow.” WHEN Various dates, Nov. 23-Jan. 1 • WHERE Six Flags St. Louis, 4900 Six Flags Road, Eureka • HOW MUCH Free with park admission • MORE INFO sixflags.com/stlouis

LEBANON WINTER WONDERLAND The display at Horner Park, which organizers describe as a “family-friendly, nostalgic look back in time with just a hint

• Union, 6 p.m. Dec. 6

of modern day,” is run by volunteers who crafted many of the displays. A mile-long road meanders past scenes dedicated to the military and first responders, a penguin village and an animated light show set to music. WHEN 5-9 p.m. SundaysThursdays, 5-10 p.m. FridaysSaturdays; Nov. 22 through Dec. 31 • WHERE Horner Park, 11113 Widicus Road, Lebanon • HOW MUCH Free; donations accepted • MORE INFO hornerparklights.com

SANTA’S MAGICAL KINGDOM The 35-acre Jellystone Park is transformed for the holidays with animated scenes, special effects and millions of lights, including a gingerbread village,

a giant toy land and three lighted tunnels. For a treat, visit Santa at Kringle’s General Store. WHEN 5:30-10:30 p.m. daily Nov. 22 through Jan. 5 • WHERE Jellystone Park, 5300 Fox Creek Road, Pacific • HOW MUCH $23 per vehicle, up to eight passengers; $35 for large vans and other vehicles • MORE INFO santasmagicalkingdom.com

WAY OF LIGHTS This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Way of Lights, a display organized by the Missionary Oblates of Mary, focusing on the birth of Christ. Enjoy crafts, storytime, a life-size Nativity made of Legos and plenty of photo opportunities. Watch for discounts and extra activities on Tuesday family nights.

WHEN 5-9 p.m. Nov. 22-Jan. 1; outdoor lights only Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day • WHERE Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, 442 South DeMazenod Drive, Belleville • HOW MUCH Free • MORE INFO snows.org

WENTZVILLE HOLIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS A 1-mile display in Rotary Park features tunnels of colorful lights. On Saturday nights, visit Santa at the Kolb Building and enjoy trees decorated by various businesses and organizations. Tractor-pulled hayrides are available for groups on specific dates. Carriage rides are new this year. WHEN 5:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 29; closed Christmas Day • WHERE Rotary Park, 2577 West Meyer Road, Wentzville • HOW MUCH $8 per vehicle, up to six passengers ($1 per additional passenger) • MORE INFO wentzvillemo.org

WILD LIGHTS More than half a million bulbs will light up the zoo at night this holiday season. Walk among dazzling displays while spending time with the animals, and enjoy special food menus, fireside storytelling, carolers, fire pits, family activities and more. The zoo offers a sensory night Dec. 9. WHEN Various dates, Nov. 29-Dec. 30 • WHERE St. Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive, Forest Park • HOW MUCH $8-$11, free for children under 2 • MORE INFO 314-781-0900; stlzoo.org/wildlights

WINTER WONDERLAND AT TILLES PARK Tilles Park will be decorated with holiday scenes and more than a million

• Swansea, 7 p.m. Dec. 6 • Columbia, Ill., 5 p.m. Dec. 7 • Collinsville, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 • De Soto, 6 p.m. Dec. 7 • St. Clair, 6 p.m. Dec. 14

twinkling lights in a display that has drawn crowds for more than 30 years. On select nights, mostly Mondays, the park is closed to vehicular traffic for the Winter Wonderland Walk ($6 per person). Carriage rides are also available. WHEN Nov. 22-Jan. 2; closed Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve • WHERE Tilles Park, 9551 Litzsinger Road • HOW MUCH $10 per vehicle, $90 for a tour bus; no credit or debit cards accepted • MORE INFO winterwonderlandstl.com




Nutcrackers, ‘Wicked’ and more on the holiday horizon

COCA The Center of Creative Arts presents COCAdance, Ballet Eclectica and the COCA Hip-Hop Crew in “Winter Rep: A Movement in Color,” a tribute to artists of color in the dance world (Dec. 1415; prices to be announced). WHERE Washington University’s Edison Theatre, 6465 Forsyth Boulevard • MORE INFO edison.wustl.edu


A stage adaptation of a Jane Austen favorite, a reimagining of “It’s a Wonderful Life” and a bewitching musical that tells a classic story from a different perspective are among the theater and dance attractions on the way for the holiday season. Also of interest are a little-performed David Mamet play and a musical spoof focusing on Disney princesses. 40


FOX THEATRE The touring shows just keep on coming, starting with two ways to enjoy Tchaikovsky’s timeless Christmas classic. Moscow Ballet presents its “Great

Russian Nutcracker” (Nov. 20-21; $32.50-$178.50), which features dancers from Russia’s top ballet companies. It gets a contemporary spin with “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” (Nov. 26; $25-$65), which includes dancers, a DJ and an appearance by hiphop pioneer Kurtis Blow. Also on the horizon are “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” (Nov. 29-30; $25-$99), presented by Circus Flora, and the Tony Awardwinning “Wicked” (Dec. 4-29; $49-$229), which spotlights the witches from “The Wizard of Oz.”

WHERE 527 North Grand Boulevard • MORE INFO 314-534-1111; metrotix.com

NEW JEWISH THEATRE The company presents “Fully Committed,” a comedy about a struggling actor taking reservations at a trendy restaurant (Dec. 5-22; $49$54). One actor, Will Bonfiglio, portrays 40 characters.

METRO THEATER COMPANY A holiday classic comes to life onstage when the company presents “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Nov. WHERE Wool Studio 17-Dec. 15; $14Will Bonfiglio Theatre, Jewish Community $20). The tale Center, 2 Millstone Campus Drive of George Bailey’s • MORE INFO newjewishtheatre.org spiritual reawakening will be staged as a 1940s PLAYHOUSE @ radio broadcast. WESTPORT PLAZA WHERE The Grandel, 3610 Grandel Square • MORE INFO 314-534-1111; metrotix.com

Spoofs and light comedies are the specialties at


P H O T O : P R AT T K R E I D I C H , S T. L O U I S B A L L E T

St. Louis Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker”


P H O T O S : J O A N M A R C U S ( “ W I C K E D ” ) ; J E N N I F E R L I N ( “ I T ’ S A W O N D E R F U L L I F E ” ) ; D O N A L D LY N D , C I R Q U E D U S O L E I L ( “ C I R Q U E D R E A M S : H O L I D A Z E ” )

Talia Suskauer (left) and Allison Bailey in the national touring company of “Wicked”

this venue set to present “Robert Dubac’s StandUp Jesus” (Dec. 6-7; $20), “Sister’s Christmas Catechism” (Dec. 1022; $50) and “Robert Dubac’s Idiocrasy” (Dec. 27-30; $50).

A scene from “Cirque Dreams: Holidaze”

From left: Roxane McWilliams, Carl Overly Jr., Nicole Angeli and Chris E. Ware in the Metro Theater Company production of “It’s a Wonderful Life”

WHERE 635 West Port Plaza • MORE INFO 314-534-1111; metrotix.com

REPERTORY THEATRE OF ST. LOUIS New artistic director Hana S. Sharif directs “Pride and Prejudice” (Dec. 4-29; $20$99.50) on the mainstage, based on the classic Jane Austen novel and adapted by Christopher Baker. For young audiences, the Rep’s Imaginary Theatre Company presents “The Ant and the Grasshopper” (Nov. 23; $10) in a pair of sensory-friendly performances and “The Elves and the Shoemaker” (Dec. 21-23, Heagney Theatre at Nerinx Hall High School; $10). WHERE Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts, 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves • MORE INFO 314-968-4925; repstl.org


R-S THEATRICS “Daphne’s Dive” (Dec. 12-22; $18-$20) by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes (“Water by the Spoonful”) focuses on folks who hang out in a North Philadelphia bar. WHERE The Marcelle, 3310 Samuel Shepard Drive • MORE INFO 314-534-1111; metrotix.com

ST. LOUIS ACTORS’ STUDIO David Mamet’s “A Life in the Theater” (Dec. 6-22;

$30-$35) is a portrait of two actors (William Roth and Ryan Lawson-Maeske) — one just starting out, the other nearing the end of his career — and their love for the stage. John Contini directs. WHERE Gaslight Theater, 358 North Boyle Avenue • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

ST. LOUIS BALLET The company gets into the spirit of the season with its annual production of “The Nutcracker” (Nov. 29-Dec.

23; $25-$72). A shorter matinee performance Dec. 18 is designed for young audience members. WHERE Touhill Performing Arts Center, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 8001 Natural Bridge Road MORE INFO touhill.org

SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS No longer just a summertime event in Forest Park, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ expanded programming includes the Confluence New Play

Festival (8 p.m. Nov. 2023; $5-$30). Over four days, new works will be staged at the Kranzberg. WHERE Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 North Grand Boulevard • MORE INFO sfstl.com

STIFEL THEATRE With “The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical” (Dec. 19; $25-$65), a beloved holiday tradition jumps from the shelf and springs to life in a new stage production. WHERE 1400 Market Street • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

STRAY DOG THEATRE Snow White and other

fairy tale femmes get to air their grievances in the musical “Disenchanted” (Dec. 5-21; $25-$30). Justin Been directs. WHERE Tower Grove Abbey, 2336 Tennessee Avenue • MORE INFO straydogtheatre.org

WEST END PLAYERS GUILD Steve Callahan directs the holiday-themed romance “The Cricket on the Hearth” (Dec. 6-15; $20-$25), adapted by Vladimir Zelevinsky from a Charles Dickens story. WHERE Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 Union Boulevard • MORE INFO brownpapertickets.com






HEARTWARMING. CLEVER. ENCHANTING. Experience a reimagined version of America’s beloved holiday classic as A RADIO PLAY WITHIN A PLAY

Trans-Siberian Orchestra performs at Enterprise Center in 2018

NOV 17 – DEC 15


Rob Thomas performs at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in 2016

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Goo Goo Dolls, Rob Thomas, 311, Smino — plus seasonal sounds This season’s holiday concert offerings are more of a mixed bag than ever, with diverse acts such as Rob Thomas, Goo Goo Dolls, 311, Smino, Phantogram, the Oak Ridge Boys, Jim Brickman, Chris Janson, Sum 41 and finalists from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and shows by holiday favorites including Mannheim Steamroller, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, El Monstero and the Funky Butt Brass Band.







SAINT LOUIS BALLET Opens Thanksgiving Weekend!

Deryck Whibley of Sum 41

Glorious costumes, sets and dancing make mak this Nutcracker the one to see in Saint Louis. L

November 29– December 1 December 18–23

TICKETS 314.516.4949 4949 | touhill.or touhill.org

December 19-22

*Sugar Plum Fairy Luncheons uncheons & Dinners (new!) *Tickets sold separately

P H O T O S : A M Y H A R R I S , A S S O C I AT E D P R E S S ( W H I B L E Y ) ; A L WA G N E R , A S S O C I AT E D P R E S S ( T H E O A K R I D G E B O Y S )

• Al Holliday’s “Christmas in America” album release, 8 p.m. Nov. 22, Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue), $10, ticketweb.com

The Oak Ridge Boys at the 2016 CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tenn.

• Mannheim Steamroller, 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 23, Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard), $35-$102.50, metrotix.com • The Oak Ridge Boys Down Home Christmas, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24, Event Center at River City Casino (777 River City Casino Boulevard), $29$59, ticketmaster.com • “Tonksgiving 2019” with the Spring Standards, 8 p.m. Nov. 29, Off Broadway, $15, ticketweb.com

Arts Center (1 University Boulevard), $35-$75, touhill.org

• Thanksgiving Soul Jam with the Whispers, the Dramatics, Enchantment, Bloodstone, Blue Magic, 8 p.m. Nov. 30, Stifel Theatre (1400 Market Street), $44-$124, ticketmaster.com

• HoHo Show with Nerf Herder, the Copyrights, the Haddonfields, 8 p.m. Dec. 6, Blueberry Hill Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard), $18, ticketmaster.com

• “A Drag Queen Christmas,” 8 p.m. Dec. 1, the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard), $39.50-$56, ticketmaster.com

• 92.3 Jinglefest 2019 with Jon Pardi, Russell Dickerson, Morgan Wallen, Blanco Brown, 7 p.m. Dec. 7, Family Arena (2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles), free$79, ticketmaster.com

• HoHo Show with K.Flay, Meg Myers, 8 p.m. Dec. 4, the Pageant, $25-$35, ticketmaster.com • “Jim Brickman: A Christmas Celebration Live,” 8 p.m. Dec. 6, Touhill Performing


• Deck the Hall Ball: Night One with Rob Thomas, 8 p.m. Dec. 7, Ballpark Village (601 Clark Avenue), $35-$60, eventbrite.com

• Jazz for the Holidays with the Jazz Orchestra, Vocal Point and Wind Ensemble, 3 p.m. Dec. 8, Touhill Performing Arts Center, free, touhill.org • Deck the Hall Ball: Night Two with Goo Goo Dolls, 8 p.m. Dec. 8, Ballpark Village, $35-$60, eventbrite.com • Smino’s “Kribmas,” 8 p.m. Dec. 8, the Pageant, $25$27.50, ticketmaster.com • HoHo Show with Highly Suspect, Slothrust, 8 p.m. Dec. 10, the Pageant, $37.50$50, ticketmaster.com • Ellington’s Nutcracker, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 10-12, Jazz St. Louis (3536 Washington Boulevard), $10-$26, jazzstl.org



Enterprise Center Box Office or ticketmaster.com ©2019 CCA and B, LLC. The Elf on the Shelf® and associated trademarks are owned by CCA and B, LLC. All Rights Reserved. The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical is a co-production of CCA and B, LLC and Mills Entertainment, operated by Mills Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.



HOLIDAY ARTS: CONCERTS El Monstero performs at the Pageant in 2018. The band will perform six shows at the Pageant this holiday season.

Saint Louis Art Museum membership is a distinctive gift of free exhibition tickets and events, plus discounts on dining, shopping and parking. Membership levels start at $65. Visit slam.org/GiftMembership or call 314.655.5335.

Coming in Spring 2020! Millet and Modern Art: From Van Gogh to Dalí February 16 –May 17, 2020 Members see it free. Tickets available to members on January 7, 2020. Visit slam.org. Jean-François Millet, French, 1814–1875; Haystacks (detail), 1867-1868; pastel and black chalk; 28 1/8 × 36 13/16 inches; The Mesdag Collection, The Hague



• HoHo Show with the Nixons & Sponge, 8 p.m. Dec. 11, Delmar

Hall (6133 Delmar Boulevard), $22-$25, ticketmaster.com • HoHo Show with 311, Boomtown United, 8 p.m. Dec. 12, the Pageant, $49.50$55, ticketmaster.com • 93.7 the Bull’s Eighth Annual Santa Jam: An Intimate Acoustic Evening with Trea Landon, Abby Anderson, Jon Langston, Tenille Townes, Jordan Davis, Chris Janson, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Stifel Theatre, $6.37-$40.70 with VIP available, ticketmaster.com Jim Brickman

• A Very Manley Christmas, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 13-14, Jazz St. Louis, $10-$21, jazzstl.org • Ambassadors of Harmony, 8 p.m. Dec. 13, 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 14, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 15, Touhill Performing Arts Center, $31-$41, touhill.org • Over the Rhine Christmas Tour, 8 p.m. Dec. 14, Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries, $25-$30, metrotix.com • Ninth Annual Brothers Lazaroff Hanukkah Hullabaloo with Rabbi James Stone Goodman, the Eight Night Orchestra and DJ Boogieman, 7 p.m. Dec. 14, the Grandel (3610 Grandel Square), $18-$36, metrotix.com • Old 97’s Holiday Hoopla with CaseyMagic and acoustic set by Rhett Miller, 8 p.m. Dec. 14, Off Broadway, $30-$40, etix.com • HoHo Show with Phantogram, 8 p.m. Dec. 15, the Pageant, $27-$30, ticketmaster.com • HoHo Show with Angels & Airwaves, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me, 8 p.m. Dec. 16, the Pageant, $38-$48, ticketmaster.com • HoHo Show with Palaye Royale, the Federal Empire, 8 p.m. Dec. 17, Delmar Hall, $25-$28, ticketmaster.com



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• Charles Glenn, 10 a.m. Dec. 10-11, Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries (3648 Washington Boulevard), $14-$18, metrotix.com




December 22, 2019 AT 3:00 PM

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From left: Grover Stewart, David Lazaroff, Sam Golden, Jeff Lazaroff, Teddy Brookins, Mark Hochberg of Brothers Lazaroff • “Peter Martin: Echoes of the Seasons,” Stars & Promises 20th Anniversary, 7 p.m. Dec. 18, Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries, $18-$30, metrotix.com

Jon Pardi at the 52nd annual CMA Awards

• The Erin Bode Group Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Wildey Theatre (252 North Main Street, Edwardsville), $25-$30, wildeytheatre.com

$40 General Admission $10 Student

• HoHo Show with Greek Fire, Hounds, 8 p.m. Dec. 18, Delmar Hall, $30, ticketmaster.com • El Monstero: The Definitive Pink Floyd Experience, 8 p.m. Dec. 19, Dec. 20, Dec. 21, Dec. 26, Dec. 27, Dec. 28, the Pageant, $30-$40 with VIP available, ticketmaster.com

Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries, $15, metrotix.com

Dec. 20, Stifel Theatre, $20$90, ticketmaster.com

• HoHo Show with Cold War Kids, Tidal Volume, 8 p.m. Dec. 19, Delmar Hall, $30, ticketmaster.com

• Funky Butt Brass Band 12th Annual Holiday Brasstravaganza, 8 p.m. Dec. 20-21, Delmar Hall, $20-$25, ticketmaster.com

• HoHo Show with Sum 41, Broadside, 8 p.m. Dec. 22, Delmar Hall, $39.50$42.50, ticketmaster.com

• 15th Annual Christmas in the Kitchen with Mitzi MacDonald, Keltic Reign, 7 p.m. Dec. 19,

• “Sing! An Irish Christmas with Keith and Kristyn Getty and Friends,” 7:30 p.m.


Familiar carols find new harmonies by Australian and New Zealand composers including Malcolm Williamson, Peter Sculthorpe, Owen Elsley & Clare Maclean. Fresh arrangements of holiday favorites will resound in one of St. Louis’ most original buildings.

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• Trans-Siberian Orchestra, 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 26, Enterprise Center (1401 Clark Avenue), $46-$76, ticketmaster.com



HOLIDAY ARTS: CLASSICAL MUSIC CATHEDRAL CONCERTS The sailor-suited singing boys from Vienna return to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis for an early Christmas concert. The program hasn’t been announced, but we can guess that the Vienna Boys Choir Holiday Concert will include plenty of seasonal favorites, including “Stille Nacht.” WHEN 2:30 p.m. Nov. 29 • WHERE Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, 4431 Lindell Boulevard • HOW MUCH $24-$49 • MORE INFO 314-533-7662; cathedralconcerts.org

CHRISTMAS AT THE CATHEDRAL The 15th annual Christmas at the Cathedral program at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis features the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah,” as well as other holiday music, performed by the Archdiocesan Adult Choir, Children’s Choir, Handbell Choir and Orchestra. The In Unison Chorus

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This is a busy time of year in the musical world, with a host of special concerts from which to choose. That’s particularly true for the classical field, where a lot of stops are pulled out for the holidays. For the high quality and sheer quantity of its holiday programs, with Powell Symphony Hall adorned for the season, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is the logical place to start, but there are other performances, by groups large and small, to entertain all season long. Here are some highlights coming up from now to the end of the year. AMBASSADORS OF HARMONY The four-time championship-winning Ambassadors of Harmony offer a combination of barbershop harmonies and clever choreography in their popular annual holiday 46

concert, “Sounds of the Season.” Led by co-directors Jim Henry and Jonny Moroni, the concerts also feature the St. Louis Children’s Choirs, soloist Brian Owens and Vocal Spectrum, the 2006 BHS International


gold medalist quartet. WHEN 8 p.m. Dec. 13; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 14; 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 15 • WHERE Touhill Performing Arts Center, 1 University Boulevard • HOW MUCH $28-$41 • MORE INFO 314-516-4949; aoh.org

AMERICAN CHAMBER CHORALE AND SALEM CHAMBER ORCHESTRA The American Chamber Chorale and Salem Chamber Orchestra, led by Stephen Morton, want you to feel warm inside this season with “Home for Christmas.” Among the offerings are traditional favorites that have been heard in assorted movies. WHEN 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 • WHERE Salem United Methodist Church, 1200 South Lindbergh Boulevard • HOW MUCH Free • MORE INFO 314-6380793; americanchamberchorale.com

BACH SOCIETY The annual “Christmas Candlelight Concert,” led by

Bach Society music director and conductor A. Dennis Sparger conducts the Bach Society Chorus and Orchestra at the annual Christmas Candlelight Concert at Powell Hall.

artistic director A. Dennis Sparger, returns to Powell Hall. The centerpiece for the Bach Society Chorus and Orchestra will be Francis Poulenc’s setting of the Gloria with soprano soloist Michele Kennedy. There’s also the traditional

candlelight processional and “The 12 Days of Christmas” with the St. Louis Children’s Choirs and Webster University Chamber Singers. WHEN 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 • WHERE Powell Symphony Hall, 718 North Grand Boulevard • HOW MUCH $30-$75 • MORE INFO 314-652-2224; bachsociety.org

WHEN 8 p.m. Dec. 7, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8 • WHERE Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, 4431 Lindell Boulevard • HOW MUCH $19-$49 • MORE INFO 314533-7662; cathedralconcerts.org

COMPTON HEIGHTS CONCERT BAND For its 21st annual “Holiday Pops Spectacular,” the 60-piece Compton Heights Concert Band will be joined by several guest artists: sopranos Gina Galati and Beverly StewartAnderson, tenor Hugh Smith, baritone Bob Ellison and the Abbey Road Warriors, a quartet specializing in Beatles tunes. The two-hour concert, led by Edward Dolbashian, will include everything from holiday classics to Broadway to some opera, ending with a sing-along version of the “Hallelujah” chorus from Handel’s “Messiah.” WHEN 3 p.m. Dec. 22 • WHERE Powell Symphony Hall, 718 North Grand Boulevard • HOW MUCH $35-$70 • MORE INFO 314-534-1700; slso.org


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GATEWAY MEN’S CHORUS The Gateway Men’s Chorus will perform its annual holiday concert, “Home & Hearth.” New artistic director Jon Garrett leads a wide-ranging, fun program of festive music, good humor and Yuletide cheer. WHEN 8 p.m. Dec. 13-14 • WHERE St. Stanislaus Kostka Polish Catholic Church, 1413 North 20th Street • HOW MUCH $20-$25 • MORE INFO 314-289-4169; gmcstl.org

MASTERWORKS CHORALE AND CHILDREN’S CHORUSES The Masterworks Chorale, Children’s Choruses and Orchestra will celebrate “A Masterworks Christmas” under the direction of Stephen Mager. The program features the traditional candlelight processional and a selection of favorite and contemporary carols. WHEN 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 • WHERE St.


Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 1411 Cross Street, O’Fallon, Ill. • HOW MUCH $10-$25 • MORE INFO 618304-9094; singmasterworks.org

ST. LOUIS CHAMBER CHORUS Christmas is a summer holiday in Australia and New Zealand; Philip Barnes and the St. Louis Chamber Chorus will warm up the season with “bush” carols by William James, as well as new versions of familiar carols by composers from the Antipodes, including Clare Maclean, Malcolm Williamson, Peter Sculthorpe and Owen Elsley. The fresh arrangements in “Christmas Down Under” will be heard in one of St. Louis’ most original buildings, sung with the a cappella choir’s accustomed accomplished professionalism. WHEN 3 p.m. Dec. 22 • WHERE St. Louis Abbey, 500 South Mason Road • HOW MUCH $40 • MORE INFO 636-458-4343; chamberchorus.org


ST. LOUIS CHILDREN’S CHOIRS Six choirs, made up of 433 young voices ages 6 to 18, will perform in the annual holiday concert by the St. Louis Children’s Choirs. On the program is choral music of the season, both old and new. Guest star Eli Magic will premiere his composition “A Magic Christmas” and perform John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” with the Concert Choir ensemble. WHEN 1 p.m. Dec. 7 • WHERE Powell Symphony Hall, 718 North Grand Boulevard • HOW MUCH $14-$56 • MORE INFO 314-534-1700; slccsing.org

ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The SLSO begins with three performances of Tchaikovsky’s complete music for “The Nutcracker” ballet on Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 30-Dec. 1; $15-$87.50), conducted by Andrew Grams in

his SLSO debut. The St. Louis Children’s Choirs will perform, and Luke Kritzeck will contribute special lighting designs. Wynton Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra return for “Big Band Holidays” (Dec. 4; $45-$115). Richard Egarr conducts from the harpsichord for “Baroque Fireworks” (Dec. 6-8; $15$67.50); violinists Kristin Ahlstrom and Angie Smart and flutist Andrea Kaplan are soloists in selections by Bach and Handel that include Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks” and Egarr’s own compilation of the “Water Music.” There are six chances to attend one of the most beloved traditions in St. Louis, the Mercy Holiday Celebration (Dec. 13-15; $30-$68). Stuart Malina will conduct the SLSO, vocalist Rachel Potter

and the Holiday Festival Chorus. Santa Claus will make an appearance before each performance and at intermission; tell him your wish list, and pose for photos. “A Gospel Christmas” is back for two performances (Dec. 18-19; $34-$65). Kevin McBeth conducts this year’s soloist, the young Kennedy Holmes (“The Voice”) of Florissant, the In Unison Chorus and the SLSO in gospel renditions of holiday favorites. Joshua Gersen conducts the SLSO in the live score for the 1990 hit “Home Alone” (Dec. 20-21; $38$65) while the movie plays on the big screen above. The Webster University Chorale, directed by Trent A. Patterson, will contribute vocals.

After Christmas, the SLSO performs the score for Disney’s animated “Beauty and the Beast” (Dec. 27-28; $35-$65), while the movie plays overhead. The film won the Oscar in 1992 for best original score. Norman Huynh conducts. This year’s BMO Wealth Management New Year’s Eve Celebration (Dec. 31; $45-$125) will be led by SLSO music director Stéphane Denève, who’s planning to maintain the tradition of great music, fun surprises and a little comedy. By design, the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and ends early, so patrons can go on to other functions. Don’t delay; this concert always sells out quickly. WHERE Powell Symphony Hall, 718 North Grand Boulevard • MORE INFO 314-534-1700; slso.org


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THE LIST: FOR ANYONE Unnecessary meeting mug • Announce your disapproval of unnecessary meetings with this set of tasteful 11-ounce coffee mugs. Set of two: one for you and one for your favorite co-worker. $14.99 at amazon.com

Brian’s Dots • Brian is a Pennsylvania artist who was paralyzed at age 16. He learned to use a fine-point marker to make dots to create works of art on canvas, such as “Two Giraffes,” sold here as a reproduction. $49.95 at Mississippi Mud Gallery & Gifts, 118 Market Street, Kimmswick, mississippimudgallery.com

TV history puzzle • Have fun reminiscing about memorable moments and faces from television history — Johnny Carson as Carnac the Magnificent, the moon landing, a mustachioed Alex Trebek — while putting together this colorful 1,000-piece puzzle. $16.99 at shop.pbs.org

Folding utility wagon • Ask anyone who lives in an apartment building: Getting groceries from the car to the kitchen is a pain. This collapsible wagon can hold all those shopping bags, making grocery day more bearable. It includes a fold-out table with cup holders, perfect for concerts, sporting events and other events. $99.99 at amazon.com

Special snowflake • Bring home a piece of architectural history with this cast of a Louis Sullivan snowflake from the Carson Pirie Scott building. $75 at the ARTifacts store at the City Museum, 750 North 16th Street “Golden Girls” PEZ dispenser • The appeal of Rose, Blanche, Dorothy and Sophia is timeless. We’re not sure anyone actually enjoys eating the candy, but these Funko Pop! PEZ dispensers make great gifts for the golden gals on your shopping list. $6.99 each at amazon.com Pay for the news • Just like Netflix, pizza and the gym, the news isn’t free. The journalist — or journalism lover — on your list will love this black T-shirt, designed and printed by Raygun. Available in men’s and women’s sizes. $23 at raygunsite.com

Travel toiletry bag • Frequent travelers will love this Monstina toiletry bag’s compartments and capacity. Fill it with the necessities, then unfurl it and hang in the hotel bathroom. Available in multiple colors. $11.89 at amazon.com


Coffee click • What could be better for your favorite coffee-loving shutterbug than an insulated coffee mug that looks exactly like a 24-105 mm zoom camera lens? $15 at the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, 3415 Olive Street, iphj.org



THE LIST: FOR ANYONE Bob Ross mug • This coffee mug is a blank canvas — until it’s filled with a hot beverage. That’s when a picture-perfect scene appears — complete with happy little clouds and happy little trees. $15.95 at amazon.com

DNA kit • 23andMe allows users to track their ancestry to more than seven generations. Whoever receives this gift could see where his or her family lived more than 500 years ago. $99 at 23andme.com

Mower of your dreams • Powered by a rechargeable battery, the Robomow RS630 mows your lawn randomly, leaving its charging station multiple times a day, shaving a little bit each time. It returns to its charging station automatically when the battery is low. Over the course of a week, Robomow will cut and maintain the height of the entire lawn. The mower has GPS and sounds an alarm if it is lifted to prevent theft. $2,499 at the Home Depot, homedepot.com Zodax picture frames • For horizontal or vertical display, each frame is polished agate stone. $82 to $98 at Lusso, 165 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, shoplusso.com

Sparkling smiles • For those who hate flossing but desire a clean-mouth feel, the Waterpik Aquarius water flosser is an oral hygiene must-have. It’s the most effective way to remove up to 99.9% of plaque from treated areas and perfect for braces, implants and other dental work. $85 at amazon.com

Monopoly: National Parks Edition • This special edition of the classic board game features more than 60 sites. A portion of sales benefits the National Park Foundation. $39.95 at Dillard’s stores and dillards.com

Magnifier • People of, ahem, a certain age in your family will love this one. Help them read the newspaper or menus with this illuminated fine print magnifier. $39.95 at Hammacher Schlemmer, hammacher.com 52


“Cup of Destiny” • Learn to read tea leaves or coffee grounds with this book and lovely cup and saucer. Wow your friends or just give a gift that might amuse someone. $24.95 at Urban Outfitters, St. Louis Galleria or urbanoutfitters.com

Wood vases • Display a bloom or two in one of these handturned vases, which include a plastic insert to protect the wood from water. $15-$20 at Eclectica, 3189 South Grand Boulevard, eclecticastl.com



Harry Potter lip balm • Scented of butter beer or one of the four Hogwarts houses, these Harry Potter lip balms are a great gift for the fan on your list. $3.82 at Fiction Haven on etsy.com

Replica fragrance • For him or her, a fragrance that calls to mind an afternoon break in a coffee shop from Maison Margiela. $126 for 3.4 ounces at Nordstrom and shop.nordstrom. com

Wood and leather bar board • When life hands you lemons, cut them into drink-size slices and invite friends over. This rustic-looking bar board and utensil is perfect for cutting up fruit or snacks. It also features an initial, offering a personalized touch for those who like to entertain. $22 at the Gingham Buffalo, 500 North Main Street, Edwardsville, ginghambuffalo.com

Silicone collapsible travel cup • Feel good about bringing your own mug to work or on trips, but don’t like the bulk in your bag when it’s empty? This travel cup collapses and comes with a heat sleeve to protect your fingers. $19.99 for 16-ounce cup, stojo.co Native balm • Give the gift of relief with the locally made Native Balm. This elixir alleviates aches and sinus congestion with peppermint, orange and cedarwood essential oils. $21.25 for a 2-ounce jar at STL Herbs and Aromatics, 7290 Manchester Road, stlherbsandaromatics.com

Oil diffuser • Ditch your candle gift idea and allow your loved one to fill her home with natural, gentle scents. This essential oil diffuser’s sleek design perches nicely on a shelf without looking too much like a diffuser. $60 at bedbathandbeyond.com

Vernon clock • The midcentury modern enthusiast will love this starburst clock in a sherbet rainbow of colors. $179 at joybird.com

Monster mug • Are you facing the day with a grin or a growl? Ponder as you sip a caffeinated beverage from this monster mug from Lollipop Pottery in Perrysburg, Ohio. $48 at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, 6640 Delmar Boulevard, University City, craftalliance.org

Repurposed driftwood • Artist Elizabeth Koziatek took driftwood from the recent Missouri River floods and turned it into a candleholder with tea lights. $18 at Blooming Daisy Marketplace, 5541 Chestnut Street, Cottleville, bloomingdaisymarketplace.com stltoday.com/thelist



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Vintage-style laptop bag • This budget-friendly backpack has six compartments to accommodate everything from a laptop and books to clothing and beverages. There’s even a built-in USB port so you can attach a phone charger and connect to the outside of the bag. $25.99 at amazon.com

365 New Words-A-Year calendar • For word lovers, writers, crossword puzzle addicts and obsessive readers, this is the essential Pagea-Day calendar from the editors of Merriam-Webster. $14.99 at Von Maur, 2 Fountain Grass Drive, Lake Saint Louis, vonmaur.com

Tumi luggage • The Tumi 19 Degree international carry-on is certainly striking, but it’s also durable and lightweight. $995 at the Tumi Store, 86 Plaza Frontenac, tumi.com

Jellyfish Oceanarium • They may be synthetic jellyfish, but they hypnotize you just like the real thing in this tranquil tank with a silent motor that generates gentle currents, causing the jellyfish to rise, fall and undulate in the water. $249.99 at Hammacher Schlemmer, hammacher.com



Subscriptions, experiences bring joy year-round We’re not fans of giving gift cards just because you can’t think of anything to get someone. But we are fans of getting someone a gift card for an experience or a subscription to something that will bring them joy year-round. Here are a few of our favorite ideas. We’ve named some specifics to get you started, but feel free to find your own places. Of course we’ll recommend this ... Gift a subscription: We recommend the gift of knowledge with a subscription to the Post-Dispatch, either online or print. To give a gift subscription visit STLtoday.com/ gift.

Memberships and season tickets A season or yearlong subscription to one of the area’s cultural attractions allows multiple opportunities to share in the fun. Most places offer gift packages that vary by number of performances or type of membership selected, depending on one’s budget. Call or visit websites for details on various subscription rates. The Muny, 1 Theatre Drive, Forest Park, 314-361-1900: You can buy a gift card for $25 to $500, and those can be redeemed for tickets beginning March 4. muny.org The Magic House, 516 South Kirkwood Road, 314-822-8900: You can have admission passes mailed directly to your home. magichouse.org/admissionpasses/ The St. Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive, Forest Park, 314-646-4771: Even though admission is free, membership has its perks, such as parking passes and dining discounts as well as a collectible gift ornament only available with holiday gift memberships. stlzoo.org/holidaymembership

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Powell Hall, 718 North Grand Boulevard, 314-534-1700: Order gift certificates online, and they will be mailed to the recipient. shop.slso.org/gift/add The Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard, 314-535-1700: Purchase gift cards through Metrotix or at the Fox Theatre Box Office. fabulousfox.com/events-tickets/giftcards Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Boulevard, 314-577-5100: Purchase a gift membership starting at $50. missouribotanicalgarden.org/members/ gift-memberships.aspx St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Avenue, 314-289-4400: Entry is free but a membership gets you perks like Omnimax and Discovery Room tickets. A gift membership starts at $79. donations.slsc. org/giftmembership

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DIY craft box subscriptions: We Craft Box is a monthly kids craft kit delivered to the home for kids ages 3-9. With a themed story, three or more coordinating crafts, easy-to-follow photo directions, and all materials included that can be shared between two children, they’re helping busy families unplug from the screen and connect though creativity. From $29.99 a month. wecraftbox.com Craft Beer of the Month Club • Have unusual, exceptional craft beers delivered to their door monthly. You can choose an ongoing craft beer of the month club membership or Craft Beer Club gifts to ship monthly, every-other-month or even quarterly. The Beer of the Month shipment includes 12 craft beers. $42 per shipment. craftbeerclub.com MEL Science • Get your kid a new science experiment every month. Each pack comes with everything you need for that month’s experiments. A starter kit is a good first gift. Perfect for kids 9-14. $34.90 monthly. melscience.com

You may not have thought about giving someone the gift of a TV subscription before, but with the battle for TV streaming services heating up right before the holidays, it’s not a bad idea. Netflix: Get them a Netflix gift card, available in amounts $25-$200. netflix.com/gift-cards Amazon Prime: Twelve months is $119 or three months is $39. amazon.com/gp/prime/pipeline/prime_ gifting_landing HBO Now: Buy gift cards at Target, Walmart, Best Buy and other retailers. The service is $14.99 a month. hbo.com/order/hbo-now-gift-cards AppleTV+: The new service is $4.99 a month. apple. com/apple-tv-plus/ Disney+: The new service with all the Disney and Star Wars movies is $6.99 a month, or $69.99 a year.

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Gift a cooking class: The Weber Grill Academy in the St. Louis Galleria offers grilling classes for $50-$95 per person. webergrillrestaurant.com/location/st-louis. Also find cooking classes at Schnucks (schnuckscooks.com) and Dierbergs (dierbergs.com/School). Golf instruction: Play for fun or take lessons to learn for real at TopGolf in Chesterfield. topgolf.com/us/giftcards Learn to rock climb: Upper Limits, with locations in Maryland Heights, downtown and Chesterfield, offers rock-climbing lessons for all levels. upperlimits.com/ maryland-heights/visit/gift-cards

The gift of relaxation and beauty are usually welcome. Best bet: Find her regular spa or salon and get a gift card from there. Here are a few other ideas: Acupuncture: Try acupuncture for two treatments for $39 at Modern Acupuncture, Des Peres and Brentwood, 314-462-9300. modernacupuncture.com Spafinder gift cards: Spafinder cards work at spas and salons all over the world. spafinder.com. Floating therapy: Consider a gift card for a whole new experience: a relaxing float in a pod of Epsom salt at Float STL’s midtown or Maryland Heights locations. floatstl.com

It’s hard to plan a surprise trip for someone (but more power to you if you can pull that off), but you can gift someone with hotel, airline or theme park gift cards, many of which you can pick up at Walgreens. Here are a few to get you started. Southwest Airlines: southwest.com/gift-card Disney theme parks: disneygiftcard.com Universal Orlando: giftcards.universalorlando.com American Airlines: giftcards.aa.com Marriott hotels: gifts.marriott.com




THE LIST: GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK Fight sex trafficking • The Wing and a Prayer necklace makes both a statement and a difference. Monarch is a group that helps women and girls in the St. Louis area who have been rescued from sex trafficking. All proceeds go to providing a safe home and the resources they need. $24 at monarchjewelry. org

Comfy socks • Bombas has made an ad campaign out of donating. For every Bombas clothing item you purchase, a clothing item of the same kind is donated to someone in need, and socks remain the No. 1 most requested item at homeless shelters. So how about gifting some socks? We love this holiday ankle six-pack. $85.50 at bombas.com

Wear one, give one • These Lucy’s Inspired Gabby bead bracelet sets were created to celebrate the life of Gabriella Menotti. A portion of the proceeds will go to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation in her honor. There are two bracelets in each set: one to inspire you and one to give away. $36 at Jake’s on Main Life is Good store, 136 South Main Street, St. Charles, jakesonmainstcharles.com

Zoo adoptions • Adopt an Asian elephant from the St. Louis Zoo, and the new parent will receive a plush toy elephant with a commemorative tag, personalized adoption certificate, color photo with animal facts, car decal, semi-annual newsletter, invitation to the annual Zoo Parents Picnic and the recipient’s name on the Zoo’s Donor Wall and website for one year. Proceeds go directly toward the care and feeding of the animals. $50 at stlzoo.org/holidayadoption

Pot of good • Hydrate your dry parts with a blend of ylang ylang and rosewood oils while doing some good in this world. Lush gives 100 percent of the sale price of its Charity Pot (minus the tax) to a fund, and then donates to grassroots groups that work in the areas of animal protections, environmental justice and human rights. $27.95 for 8.4 ounces at lushusa.com

Upcycled mittens • These mittens by Mitter’s Mittens are handcrafted from old sweaters by Melinda Mitter Borman of St. Louis. A portion of the proceeds goes to the American Cancer Society. $30 at Blooming Daisy Marketplace, 5541 Chestnut Street, Cottleville, bloomingdaisymarketplace.com

Kids toothbrush • The cute double-sided toothbrush from Grabease makes brushing easier for parent and child. It also features a choke protection barrier. And each toothbrush purchased helps to provide operations for children born with cleft palates. $12.50 at grabease.com



Gift a goat • Heifer International has a plethora of ways you can donate to help families in need all over the world. You can gift directly to these families or give a gift to them in the name of a loved one. It’s fun to tell your niece or nephew that you bought a goat for a family in Africa so that goat can provide milk and cheese for that family for years to come. $120 for the goat (other giving options available) at heifer.org



DESTINATION SHOPPING Sometimes you just want to make a day out of shopping. Grab a girlfriend, your spouse, your kid, whoever and head to one of these neighborhoods where you’ll find a concentration of shops, restaurants and maybe a few holiday happenings to get you in the spirit of the season. CLAYTON/LADUE • DELMAR LOOP • EDWARDSVILLE/GLEN CARBON • KIMMSWICK






A scenic river drive dotted with retail delights BY CATHY HENSLEY | ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

The Mighty Mississippi isn’t the only sight to behold along the drive through downtown Alton and on the Great River Road into Grafton. The shopping scene is bustling, too, with more and different stores popping up all the time in this area that is enjoying a retail revitalization.

Animal-adorned wallets • Sit. Stay. Shop? With a wrist strap and plenty of space for cash, change and credit cards, these pet-embellished Chala handbag-wallets just may become your new best friend. Plus, a portion of the profits are donated to animal rescue causes. $29.95 at Indigo Moon, 301 East Broadway, Alton (in the Mineral Springs Mall), facebook.com/itsrainingzen Gold moon succulents • This gold moon planter with an assortment of succulents is out of this world, and even easier to care for. Custom arrangements also can be ordered from $10 and up. $35 as shown, at JL & Co., the Mercantile, 300 East Broadway, Alton, facebook.com/ JLandCoMerc Color-swirled poncho • You’ll long for cool nights just to be able to wear this super-soft, warm poncho. It’s not confining like coats can be, but the cowl neck and generous folds ensure ample coverage. $82 at Rushmore, 11 East Broadway, Alton, shoprushmore.com

Hand-crafted lamps • Let there be light, and let it be a stunning conversation piece. These unique cyberpunk- and steampunk-style creations, made in the Grafton area by local artist Greg Brummett, are an electrifying combination of function and art. Lamps are priced from $300-$900 each at Buena Vista, 307 East Main Street, Grafton, graftonlodging.com/buenavista-art---jewelry---gifts.html Crocheted unicorn • Colorful and cuddly, this crocheted critter would make a perfect snuggle buddy as is but can also be customized in a rainbow of colors and styles, $30 at JL & Co., the Mercantile, 300 East Broadway, Alton, facebook.com/JLandCoMerc 58


Polka-dotted backpack • Whether you’re going to class, going to the store or going out for the night, this polka-dotted backpack will get you there in style, with plenty of pockets and room inside and out for all of your stuff. $45 at Rushmore, 11 East Broadway, Alton, shoprushmore.com

Puppy planter • This obedient little guy will stay put at any spot you choose — on your porch, patio or even inside — and does double duty holding plants, garden tools and more. $69.99 at the Brown Bag Bistro (a restaurant and gift shop formerly known as the 1904 General Store), 318-322 East Broadway, Alton, facebook. com/thebrownbagbistroalton

Christmas in Alton and Grafton: Enjoy eco-friendly shopping at the Green Gift Bazaar, featuring plenty of homegrown artists and vendors, plus an opportunity to recycle nonworking holiday lights, on Nov. 30 at the Post Commons, 300 Alby Street, Alton. Also, check out Wreaths Across America, a ceremony to honor fallen veterans that is part of a national wreath-laying initiative, on Dec. 14 at National Cemetery, 600 Pearl Street, Alton. The music of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and winter will be featured at Great Rivers Choral Society’s Soliloquy of Wintertide on Dec. 14-15 at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 717 State Street, Alton. Be sure to check out: Christmas Wonderland in Rock Springs Park, 2116 College Avenue, Alton, a long-standing, drive-through holiday extravaganza featuring more than 2.5 million lights. The event runs nightly from Nov. 29 through Dec. 29. Grab a bite to eat: The Brown Bag Bistro combines shopping and casual eating in one location, 318322 East Broadway, Alton. Or, if you are in the mood for barbecue and Southern soul food, Big Boy’s Q has you covered with everything from burnt ends and pulled pork to collard greens and red beans and rice. Find Big Boy’s in the Mineral Springs Mall, 301 East Broadway, Alton. More info: •  visitalton.com


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Bustling downtown Belleville embraces the holiday spirit BY CATHY HENSLEY | ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

This Southern Illinois town with German roots knows how to enjoy the holidays — Christmas, in particular. Throughout the year, the downtown business community plays host to a bevy of seasonal events, but it kicks into reindeer-fueled overdrive in November and December.

WHILE YOU’RE THERE Christmas in Belleville • The annual Santa Parade is scheduled for Nov. 29; a candlelight house tour will take place Dec. 8, and a gingerbread cookie walk is Dec. 14. Horse-drawn trolley rides also will be offered on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (plus one Thursday, on Dec. 19) from Nov. 29 through Dec. 22. Be sure to check out

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Zoo socks • You’ll go wild for these colorful assorted zoo socks for infants and toddlers. The paw print on the underside of each sock offers some traction for little ones on the move. $6 at Circa, 128 East Main Street, Belleville, ilovecirca.com

Silver flower-adorned heart necklace • Handcrafted in Belleville, this delicate heart necklace made from reclaimed silver is blooming with flowers. $110 at Metal Crafters Studio, 310 East Main Street, Belleville (in the Olde Town Mall), which also offers classes for making your own jewelry. Find them on Facebook.


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Copper-colored cuff • Definitely a statement piece, this handcrafted cuff features a honeycomb pattern and a single green stone. $125 at Metal Crafters Studio, 310 East Main Street, Belleville (in the Olde Town Mall), which also offers classes for making your own jewelry. Find them on Facebook. Bold, gold earrings • Little black dress, meet your new best friends — these bold, gold earrings that are perfect for a night out. $28 at Circa, 128 East Main Street, Belleville, ilovecirca.com


Beer ornament • The beer lover in your life can pay homage to the tasty, amber brew with this handmade glass holiday ornament. $13.95 at Down the Hall Home Brew, 122 East Main Street, Belleville, facebook.com/ dthhomebrew/

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Belleville hometown spirit T-shirt • Civic pride resides in this T-shirt, available in a variety of colors and made especially for those who love Belleville. $12 at Beatnik’s, 215 East Main Street, Belleville, on facebook.com stltoday.com/thelist

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Central West End’s streets hum with holiday bustle BY COLLEEN SCHRAPPEN | ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

With all due credit to Bing Crosby, busy sidewalks dressed in holiday style are the calling card of the Central West End, one of the most walkable, festive neighborhoods in St. Louis. Higher-end stores are interspersed with quirky shops and plenty of places to grab a sip or a snack. Pow! tote • This nylon bag sports a knockout design perfect for anyone who appreciates a colorful, retro vibe. The tote measures 17 inches by 14 inches with 10-inch handles. $25 at Q Boutique, 4652 Maryland Avenue, qboutiquestl.com Bumble bee jasper cuff • This streaky, striped gemstone is said to have healing properties that boost your self-esteem and help you make decisions. Even if that doesn’t happen, this silver cuff is still stunning. $378 at the Silver Lady, 4736 McPherson Avenue, thesilver-lady.com

Saturdays NYC windbreaker • This superlight windbreaker packs into its own pocket and is perfect for running errands on a breezy Saturday in, um, St. Louis. $150 at East West, 387 North Euclid Avenue, eastandwest.store Bill Cunningham photography book • The New York Times photographer covered high-fashion and street style for decades. “Bill Cunningham: On the Street” traces 50 years of American trends and traditions. $65 at Left Bank Books, 399 North Euclid Avenue, left-bank.com


Glitter brush trees • Everyone needs a little sparkle on his or her holiday table or mantle. These buri trees can be clustered together to create a glittery forest or used as a backdrop to a manger scene. The medium tree is about 9 inches tall; also available in small and large sizes. $18 at Holliday, 4600 Olive Street, bowoodfarms.com/ holliday

Flannel button-down shirt • The ‘90s are back! But in a less grungy, more put-together way — making this heavyweight Japanese shirt just the thing for 2020. Also available in a cream and red print. $245 at East West, 387 North Euclid Avenue, eastand west.store

Writer’s Corner T-shirt • Left Bank Books shares a corner with four statues celebrating St. Louis’ literary legacy in the form of hometowners Tennessee Williams, T.S. Eliot, Kate Chopin and William S. Burroughs. Now your favorite bookworm can show his or her STL scribe pride on this unique T-shirt. $20 at Left Bank Books, 399 North Euclid Avenue, left-bank.com

WHILE YOU’RE THERE Take a Window Walk: Neighborhood shops are festooned with their cheeriest decorations — including a king-size Santa outside the World Chess Hall of Fame — for the month of December. On Saturdays, the streets will be filled with the sounds and smells of the season, as carols are played and chestnuts are roasted. Photos with St. Nick, children’s activities and carriage rides are also on the schedule. 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 7, 14 and 21. Fuel up: When you’re halfway through your list and your energy starts to flag, there’s no better remedy than caffeine. Unless it’s sugar. The Central West End serves up both. Visit Kaldi’s Coffee, Northwest Coffee Roasting Co. or Mary Ann’s Tea Room for a coffee or tea fix. Then swing by Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, Insomnia Cookies or the Cup for your favorite sweet treat. Make a day of it: Take a break from spending money and pop into one of the neighborhood’s many art galleries. Catch a film at Chase Park Plaza or stroll through the World Chess Hall of Fame. Create your own candle at the Candle Fusion Studio or curl up with a book at the Schlafly branch library. More info: • cwescene.com




In Edwardsville, an enticing blend of history and fun BY CATHY HENSLEY | ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

Venture into the Land of Lincoln for a trip to historic Edwardsville. Not only did the former president and famous Illinoisan visit here twice, but five Illinois governors came from this town, which today embraces its history while keeping an eye on the future. Along with neighboring Glen Carbon, Edwardsville features stores, restaurants and attractions with a welcoming and eclectic vibe.

Furry vest • The vest has officially been elevated to chic couture with this silky soft green version that will take you everywhere from the office party to a hip night out. $158 at What to Wear, 921 South Arbor Vitae, Edwardsville, facebook. com/ WhatToWear Boutique/

Garden art pole • Supplement the natural décor in your lawn, garden or landscaping with these art poles, which come in a variety of heights, colors and sayings — some even feature song lyrics or can serve as a memorial to a loved one. $60 as shown at A Wildflower Shop, 2131 South State Route 157, Edwardsville, awildflowershop.com

Crosley Mini Turntable and mini records • Music lovers will want to take this mini but mighty turntable for a spin. It plays 3-inch records and has a built-in speaker, but can also be connected to an existing speaker system, and is USB- or battery-powered for extra versatility. $69.99 for the record player; $9.99 each for the records at Trusty Chords, 1514 Troy Road, Suite C, Edwardsville, facebook.com/ TrustyChordsRecordShop/

WHILE YOU’RE THERE Christmas in Edwardsville and Glen Carbon • The winter market, a seasonal version of the Land of Goshen farmers market, will take place Dec. 7 near the courthouse in downtown Edwardsville. The historic Wildey Theatre, which opened in 1909 as an opera house, will host events in December that range from interactive showings of “White Christmas” to Opera Edwardsville’s “A Wagnerian Christmas.” Enjoy a cup of wassail, a sweet treat and a holiday story or two during a Christmas candlelight tour of the 1820 Col. Benjamin Stephenson House, 409 South Buchanan Street, Edwardsville, on Nov. 29 and 30. Be sure to check out

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• Satisfy your sweet Blue metal wall flower • With swooping, detailed petals, this is one wall flower that will definitely grab some attention. Display it on a wall by itself or in a grouping. $55 as shown, but a variety of individually priced colors, styles and sizes are available at A Wildflower Shop, 2131 South State Route 157, Edwardsville, awildflowershop.com Canvas holiday pillow • If you had any doubts that the holidays are the happiest season of all, this comfy, casual throw pillow, in a fun, stonewashed red color, will put those doubts — and you — to rest. $32 at the Gingham Buffalo, 500 North Main Street, Edwardsville, ginghambuffalo.com 64


Holiday gnome • Gnome for the holidays? Yes, please! With his furry, gray beard and tall hat, this guy offers a whimsical change of décor for the winter months. A sturdy filled base ensures he’ll stay upright wherever you place him. $24 at the Gingham Buffalo, 500 North Main Street, Edwardsville, ginghambuffalo.com

Coasters • It’s not always enough to just listen to your favorite music; sometimes you need to set your drink down on a coaster replica of your favorite album. And now you can with these glossy, colorful coasters covering a range of albums from the likes of Frank Sinatra to the Beastie Boys. $5.99 each or $17.99 for four at Trusty Chords, 1514 Troy Road, Suite C, Edwardsville, facebook.com/TrustyChordsRecordShop/

tooth and fuel up for more browsing with a stop at Sherry’s Snacks, 220 North Main Street, Edwardsville, a candy store that offers an assortment of vintage treats — Charleston Chews and butterscotch buttons, to name a few — as well as modern indulgences. More info • facebook.com/ EdwardsvilleParks AndRec/ • wildeytheatre.com

Smart umbrella • You’ll be singing in the rain with this clever umbrella that makes it easy to maneuver without getting soaked. It opens inside-out so getting into and out of your vehicle in the rain is easier, stands upright for easy drying and has a C-shaped handle that frees up your hands. $27.99 at Seams for the Soul, 216 South Buchanan Street, Edwardsville, seams4thesoul.com


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Come for the pie, stay for the shopping in Kimmswick BY AMY BERTRAND | ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

The award-winning (and Oprahfeatured) Blue Owl Bakery & Restaurant is often what draws people to the tiny town of Kimmswick, just 25 miles south of downtown St. Louis. Of course it does — have you seen those pies? But it’s the cute shops and lovely store owners that keep people coming back. This time of year, the streets are filled with holiday cheer, and more than a few special finds await in these locally owned shops and restaurants.

Cornhole game • The whole family can have fun with this handmade cornhole game. The Cardinals version can be further customized. $125 for the set at Kimmswick Keepsake, 322 Market Street, Kimmswick, kimmswickkeepsake.com

Reindeer sleeper • Reindeer, snowflakes and holly adorn this adorable sleeper from Baby Ganz. $34.99 at Dolled Up Kidz, 6106 Front Street, Kimmswick, facebook. com/dolledup kidz

Teekri necklace • Teekri is made of unique wooden gemstones crafted by skilled, India-based artisans and sourced from sustainable birch wood. $45.95 at Mississippi Mud Gallery & Gifts, 118 Market Street, Kimmswick, mississippimudgallery.com


Soccer ornament • This soccer ornament is made from dough and handpainted. $4.50 at the Dough Depot, 216 Market Street, Kimmswick, thedough depot. com

The Tree of Life • This sculpture by artist Devin Mac is made from a single strand of aluminum wire. $99 at Mississippi Mud Gallery & Gifts, 118 Market Street, Kimmswick, mississippimudgallery.com

Interchangeable frame • The “Happy Everything” frame lets you change the photo and the sentiment with magnetic charms for every season. $32.95 frame; $17.95 for each attachment at Savannah Rose, 209 Market Street, Kimmswick

Wine cork map • If you love visiting Missouri wineries, store mementos from your trips on this wooden cork map. $42 at Sparrow + Mason, 6050 Second Street, Kimmswick, sparrowand mason. com

Ocean bracelets • 4Ocean bracelets are made from post-consumer recycled plastic and glass. Every purchase funds the removal of one pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines. $19.99 at Sparrow + Mason, 6050 Second Street, Kimmswick, sparrowand mason.com

Christmas in Kimmswick • The shops will be decked out in their holiday splendor for a variety of special events. At 11 a.m. Nov. 23, a parade includes storybook characters and a visit from Santa. There also will be horse-drawn trolley rides and at 4:45 p.m. a lighting of the Christmas tree. On Nov. 30, find Small Business Saturday deals. Don’t miss the Old-Fashioned Christmas Festival and Cookie Walk, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 6-7 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 8. Santa will be there, and shops will stay open late, many of them with cookies. On Dec. 14-15, kids will go on an Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunt ($10), and on Dec. 21, it’s Ugly Sweater Day. Wear one and play Ugly Sweater Bingo to win prizes. Grab a drink • LaChance Vineyards, the popular winery in Jefferson County, is opening a second location at Second and Elm streets, the downtown site of the former Delta Queen restaurant. It will permanently open in January but will be open for holiday events in November and December, making for a perfect place to take a break from all that shopping. Be sure to stop at • On the chance you need even more holiday spirit, the Christmas Haus will take you there year-round with more than 40 decorated trees. The Kimmswick Visitors Center at 314 Market Street has maps and public restrooms. Getting around • The town is just a few square blocks, flat and easy to navigate. Plenty of street parking is available. The Blue Owl has its own parking lot for customers. Also be aware that most shops are closed Mondays, and many are also closed Tuesdays. More info • gokimmswick.com





Family video games offer updated fun BY GENE PARK | THE WASHINGTON POST

Another generation of gaming is drawing to a close, with new PlayStations and Xboxes on the way next Christmas. But that means developers have become more confident in creating gaming experiences that look and play better than ever. The following selection is chosen from titles this year that improve on some of the best from the industry’s past, while standing out as some of the year’s best. All but one of these games can be enjoyed with friends and family. From courtroom dramas to exploring new worlds, these are the best games for kids this holiday season. Pokemon Sword/Shield Publisher • Nintendo Platform • Nintendo Switch Price • $59.99 Rating • E (Everyone) Details • For the first time in its 23-year history, Pokémon games have made their way to a Nintendo home console. Just released Nov. 15, but given the Pokémon pedigree and legacy, they’re going to be the games to get this season. Set in a modern environment inspired by Great Britain, they are the first Pokémon games to feature “open world” elements, where players are free to explore Victorian-inspired cities and fields full of hundreds of new Pokémon species to find and capture. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Publisher • Nintendo Platform • Nintendo Switch Price • $59.99 Rating • E (Everyone) Details • Ranked by gaming site Polygon as the best Mario game ever, New Super Mario Bros U — originally created for Wii U — was a much-needed addition to Nintendo Switch. Sure it’s a game from 2012, but it’s still one of the more challenging Mario games ever made. And if it’s too hard? There are stltoday.com/thelist

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Chesterfield: Shopping malls of every variety BY AISHA SULTAN | ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

Whether you’re looking for outlet malls, high-density strip malls or a nontraditional mall, you’ll find it in the Chesterfield Valley. Among the big-box retailers, there are smaller specialty stores and eclectic pop-ups. The concentration of shopping options, along with massive parking lots and a plethora of dining choices, makes it a popular destination during the holidays.


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Who’s a good boy? • The Bob-A-Lot is popular treat-dispensing toy that promotes mental stimulation and physical activity to help keep pups busy. It can stave off destructive boredom behaviors. $19.99 at Petropolis Pet Resort, 16830 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, petropolis.com

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Neon kicks • Nike claims to have come out with a faster and lighter shoe, with more foam, more traction and a more comfortable upper: the new Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% is a better Vaporfly that feels bouncier and perfect for the runner on your list. $250 at Fleet Fleet, 278 THF Boulevard, Chesterfield, fleetfeet.com

Santa and Mrs. Claus at St. Louis Premium Outlets • Santa and Mrs. Claus will stroll St. Louis Premium Outlets on select weekends in December. The couple will be available for photos for shoppers who want to capture the moment. For detailed information on Santa’s appearances and extended holiday shopping hours, visit the website or check out the St. Louis Premium Outlets page on Facebook. Paws ’n’ Claus • No need to leave your puppy at home. Taubman Outlet is a dog-friendly shopping destination that offers multiple water stations and treat stops.

Coco with a twist • In addition to the classic hot chocolate mix, you can also choose hot chocolate with a hint of mint. The back of the minty jar includes recipes for minty mocha and “hinty minty brownies,” in addition to the hot chocolate drink. $15.79 at Penzeys Spices, 246 THF Boulevard, Chesterfield, penzeys.com Spicy and sweet • This Kind seasoning gift box contains eight popular spice blends from sandwich sprinkle to cinnamon sugar. It also includes a signature “Kind Heart” pin and recipe tips. $39.95 at Penzeys Spices, 246 THF Boulevard, Chesterfield, penzeys.com

Grab a bite to eat • If you’re feeling fancy, treat yourself at Annie Gunn’s steakhouse after a long day of shopping. Or make a basket of goodies from its Smokehouse Market next door. For those craving something fast but unexpected, drive through Chicken Salad Chick for southern takes on chicken salad and sides. Helpful hints • St. Louis Premium Outlets offers a complimentary Savings Passport to VIP Shopper Club members for additional savings on top of the center’s everyday discounts on national and designer brands. Shoppers can sign up for the VIP Shopper Club at premiumoutlets.com/vip/ register. More info • premiumoutlets.com/ stlouis • chesterfieldmochamber.com


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What’s the Loop? It’s the eight blocks of University City and St. Louis along Delmar Boulevard that’s home to dozens of shops, restaurants and music venues. It’s also home to the St. Louis Walk of Fame, featuring more than 140 stars and plaques honoring famous St. Louisans. Stay late and catch a concert at the Pageant or a movie at the Tivoli.

Conscious Step socks • These socks do more than protect and adorn your feet. With every purchase, the company donates money to feed children, plant trees and help LGBTQ youth. $14.95 at Plowsharing Crafts, 6271 Delmar Boulevard, University City, plowsharing.org African print clutch • Bring your outfit up a few notches with this African print clutch, which has plenty of room for the essentials and has a magnetic snap closure. $22 at Locs of Glory, 5886 Delmar Boulevard, locsofglory.com

Glass vase • Sam Stang of Augusta, Mo., created this stunner of a vase with traditional European glassblowing techniques. Gift with a bouquet to wow a favorite hostess. $290 at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, 6640 Delmar Boulevard, University City, craftalliance.org



Sterling silver, gold and diamond bracelet • This bracelet was designed and made by St. Louis goldsmith Roger Rimel, who is inspired by landscapes captured through aerial photography. $540 at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, 6640 Delmar Boulevard, University City, craftalliance.org

Child’s dashiki • This adorable cotton dashiki will turn heads, and the pattern runs along the front and back. $20 at Locs of Glory, 5886 Delmar Boulevard, locsofglory.com

Fair trade Santa ornament • This adorable crocheted Santa came all the way from Vietnam to add a bit of merriment to your package or tree. $10 at Plowsharing Crafts, 6271 Delmar Boulevard, University City, plowsharing.org

for these special events and celebrations along the Loop: Nov. 30 is small business Saturday, and Dec. 7 is a special Christmas shopping day with visits with Santa, a Great Gift Hunt, a Santa photo op with your dog, and a Christmas tree lighting. On Dec. 14, the Loop will host a Kwanzaa Celebration, and on Dec. 21, a menorah lighting. Grab a bite to eat • Delmar Boulevard and its side streets are home to dozens of restaurants, five made Ian Froeb’s Top 100 restaurant list for 2019. They are: Seoul Taco, Salt + Smoke, Mission Taco Joint, Guerrilla Street Food, and Fork & Stix and Kiin Essentially Thai. More info • visittheloop.com

Preme jeans • These Preme jeans are ripped and worn in just the right spots for that street smart look. $78 at Street Stylez Boutique, 5854 Delmar Boulevard

BAWS cap • BAWS, the Texas-based streetwear brand, stands for Born a Wild Soul. According to the company, it’s a way of life and doing. The logo, a cartoon bear, seems to have a mind of his own. $27 at Street Stylez Boutique, 5854 Delmar Boulevard stltoday.com/thelist

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Discover the world on South Grand and Cherokee Street BY VALERIE SCHREMP HAHN | ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

Where to shop and eat around the world without leaving St. Louis? South Grand Boulevard and Cherokee Street, where you can easily pick up one-of-a-kind gifts while ingesting some culture. South Grand’s restaurants cover 14 countries, and Cherokee Street has the largest concentration of Latino-owned businesses in St. Louis.

Hand-dyed scarf • Textile designer and Eclectica shop owner Allyson Bailey Wilmowski created this scarf, which includes a leather loop on the end to help you tie and adjust it in different ways. $32 at Eclectica, 3189 South Grand Boulevard, eclecticastl.com

Neighborhoods print • This sweet print reminds us how all the neighborhoods of St. Louis are growing and connected, different branches with common roots. $10 for 8-by-10-inch print, $20 for 11-by-14-inch print at Golden Gems, 3156 Cherokee Street, shopgoldengems.com

Stampville set • This set of 25 rubber stamps created by a French printmaker and two colored ink pads are all your favorite creator needs to build a village or a skyscraper on paper. $24.95 at Urban Matter, 3179 South Grand Boulevard, urbanmatterstl.com

Garden tool set • Garden in style with this tool set printed with a pattern from 1877era wallpaper from the Victoria and Albert museum of art and design in London. $36 at Garden District STL, 3203 South Grand Boulevard, gardendistrictstl.com

Wicked woman sweatshirt • Warn others with this cozy on the inside, sharp on the outside shirt made of raglan and printed locally. $48 at Golden Gems, 3156 Cherokee Street, shopgoldengems.com

Spice rub • Use this Rooster’s Pork and Fowl Rub, created in St. Louis, to add spice to your next meal. It’s also great on eggs, burgers and fish. $14 at Urban Matter, 3179 South Grand Boulevard, urbanmatterstl.com

African animals napkin rings • Invite a menagerie of animals to a dinner party with this collection of six mahogany napkin rings, hand-carved in Kenya. $34.95 at Zee Bee Marketplace, 3211 South Grand Boulevard, St. Louis and 7270 Manchester Road, Maplewood, zeebeemarket.com



WHILE YOU’RE THERE South Grand holiday events • South Grand shops will host a small business Saturday on Nov. 30 and cap it off with a tree lighting ceremony at Ritz Park, 3147 South Grand Boulevard. The party is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and includes free hot cocoa, s’mores and carolers from Ignite Theatre Company. On Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., South Grand businesses will host Grinchmas and Cocoa Crawl. Get your picture taken with the Grinch at Apotheosis Comics, 3205 South Grand. Photos are $7, and are $5 if you bring a wish list item for Shriners Hospital for Children. Cherokee events • From 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 7, come to Cherokee Street for the 12th annual Print Bazaar. This is one of the largest print sales in the Midwest, showing off the work of more than 100 local and regional artists. From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., Cherokee Antique Row is hosting its 36th annual Cookie Spree. Enjoy free cookies in participating shops, a petting zoo, live music, cider, pictures with Santa and more. Grab a bite • While these streets include restaurants offering food from all over the world, a few stand out and got placed on Post-Dispatch restaurant critic Ian Froeb’s STL 100 restaurant picks list. On South Grand, Guerilla Street Food, VP Square, the Vine Mediterranean Cafe, Pizza Head, Cafe Natasha’s and Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant made the list. On Cherokee, La Vallesana and the Taco and Ice Cream Joint made the cut. More info: • southgrand.org • cherokeeantiquerow.com • facebook.com/ cherokeeStreetUSA


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Many families make St. Charles a holiday shopping tradition BY AMY BERTRAND | ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

There is perhaps no destination in this guide more worthy of destination status than downtown St. Charles. On its historic streets you’ll find Santas of all nations and historic periods as well as storybook characters — the Sugarplum Fairy, Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge — waiting to chat and hand out their coveted cards. (Kids like to collect them all; there are about 50 of them.) With parades, chestnuts roasting on open fires and dozens of shops waiting to sell you that perfect gift, it’s no wonder Historic St. Charles has become a holiday tradition for so many. Bath bomb cubes • These botanical-infused bath bombs are made on site. Varieties include thistle with oats, jasmine with French green clay, rosemary with peppermint and eucalyptus, and more. $25 for a set of six at Provenance Soapworks, 311 South Main Street, St. Charles, provenancesoaps.com

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Funny toilet paper • For a gag gift or just a gift for someone with a great sense of humor, these embroidered toilet paper rolls are good for a chuckle. $8 at Scentchips, 612 South Main Street, St. Charles, stcharles.scentchips. com

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Pillows from old quilts • If your loved one has a favorite old quilt that is beyond repair, consider having it turned into a pillow by Laura Lewis Henderson. $36.99 and up at Laura’s La Petitie, 709 South Main Street, St. Charles, lauraslapetite.com Dog figurines • The dog lover on your list can add a touch of holiday cheer with these doggie figurines (in sweaters). They stand about 5 to 6 inches tall. $22.99 each at April’s on Main, 222 North Main Street, St. Charles, aprilsonmain.com “It’s Alive” • A mashup of Gene Wilder from “Young Frankenstein” and “Willy Wonka,” this limited-edition print by Mollie Chounard is a fun gift for those who appreciate whimsical art. $50 at Missouri Artists on Main, 315-321 South Main Street, St. Charles. moamgallery.com “Bumpy Road” tee • For anyone who has driven — or maybe ridden in a stroller — down the brick streets and cobblestone sidewalks of St. Charles, you know the ride is not a smooth one. This “bumpy road” shirt is all in good fun. $9.99 (child size) at Main Street General Store, 143 North Main Street, St. Charles, mainstreetgeneralstore.com


Necklace from piano key • Missouri artist Denise C. Smith creates beautiful scrimshaw illustrations on antique ivory piano keys that can no longer be played. $99.99 at Laura’s La Petitie, 709 South Main Street, St. Charles Stackable, changeable rings • Qudo jewelry is a new line of jewelry — interchangeable, stackable rings and toppers — handmade in Germany. Mix and match according to your mood or outfit. Rings start at $30, toppers at $25, at European Accent, 426 South Main Street, St. Charles, europeanaccent.net Popcorn set • Celebrate the flavors of St. Louis ... on popcorn. This set contains a bag of popcorn and seasonings for gooey butter cake, barbecue pork steak and toasted ravioli. $24.99 at Olde Town Spice Shoppe, 344 South Main Street, St. Charles, oldtownspices.com

WHILE YOU’RE THERE Christmas Traditions • The festivities take place Nov. 29-Dec. 24: 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays; noon-5 Sundays. Free events include the parade at 1:30 on Saturdays and Sundays; an evening processional at 8:30 Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 4:30 Sundays; and a reading of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at the First Missouri State Capitol Historic Site, 200 South Main Street. “A Christmas Carol” plays at 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in the 400 block of South Main Street. You can meet Santa’s reindeer from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 21-22. There are many other free events and three major ticketed events: Breakfast With Santa (Dec. 8 and 15), a Yuletide Dinner (Dec. 5, 12, 19) and Holidays Around the World, a sampling of desserts (Dec. 10). New dining spots • Salt + Smoke has a new location on Main Street, as does the Rack House (called Tompkins by the Rack House). Baked! Bakery & Cafe, which sells keto diet-friendly cookie dough, is opening soon. More info • stcharleschristmas.com

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Holiday sleep set • Tuck in your toddler in this adorable “Believe ... Life Is Good” top and waffle-weave (ribbed) striped pants. $46 at Jake’s on Main Life is Good store, 136 South Main Street, St. Charles, jakesonmainstcharles.com stltoday.com/thelist

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Game Night in Clayton: Holiday Edition • This is the second year of an event filled with board games, video games, self-proclaimed ugly sweaters and a multitude of decorations. The event offers options for all types of gamers on Dec. 17 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.


Clayton and Ladue offer numerous options for the picky people in your life, as well as different activities to do with your loved ones — because we know you still love them — before and after shopping.

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MOVA constellation globe • The globe offers a detailed map of the major constellations and rotates without batteries when placed in ambient lighting. $180 at Service Bureau Fine Stationery & Gifts Inc., 9773 Clayton Road, Ladue, servicebureaushop.com

Sid Dickens’ “Memory Blocks” • Each plaster wall décor measures 6 inches by 8 inches. The artist and his team create each block by hand, and Dickens chooses a quote to put on the back of each one, signifying something about the block itself. Buyers need only a small nail or screw to hang the work. $107 per block at Lusso, 165 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, shoplusso.com

Polish soup mug • This stoneware mug is made in Poland and stamped with a traditional geometric designs. It has a handle for easy use and is oven, dishwasher and microwave safe. $40 at Extra Virgin, an Olive Ovation, 8829 Ladue Road, Clayton, extravirginoo.com

Plate set • In the “electrode plating” used for these plates, electricity is pushed through the plate before the material is glazed and put in the oven. The patterns will be unique on each plate because of the way they are made. $18 per plate, the Spotted Pig, 9218 Clayton Road, Ladue, thespottedpigstl.com 76


Winter Wonderland • St. Louis County Parks Department invites revelers to Ladue to walk, take a carriage ride or drive to view an array of lights while eating, drinking and enjoying all the holiday merriment at Tilles Park, Nov. 20 and Jan. 2. More information •  winterwonderland stl.com

St. Louis pillow • Produced by Catstudio, each pillow is hand-embroidered to feature different sights and attractions around St. Louis. $210 at Sweet Boutique, 8115 Maryland Avenue, Clayton, facebook. com/SweetboutiqueSTL

Leather makeup bag set • The store owner works with an artist in California to come up with bag designs such as this leather camouflage makeup bag with a “dragon skin” stripe. $75 at the Spotted Pig, 9218 Clayton Road, thespottedpigstl.com

Personalized cutting board • Produced in an offsite, “mom and pop shop,” the St. Louis owner helps buyers choose their type of wood and design to put on each handmade cutting board. Buyers can personalize each one with words, recipes or even personal photos. Prices vary depending on the size and the inclusion of handles but not on the complexity of the design. $50 to $250 at Sweet Boutique, 8115 Maryland Avenue, Clayton, facebook.com/SweetboutiqueSTL

Brackish bow tie • Each bowtie is handmade in South Carolina out of different types of feathers. $210 at Service Bureau Fine Stationery & Gifts Inc., 9773 Clayton Road, Ladue, servicebureaushop.com



Shop Maplewood for handmade gifts, foodie favorites BY MONICA OBRADOVIC | ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

Make your way down Manchester Road and peruse Maplewood’s line of small businesses. The main road and its surrounding area contain dozens of stores selling unique, locally made goods. The city has plenty of tasty food options and ample free parking. Unicorn Farts multipurpose spray • There’s more magic in this spray than just in its name. One spritz will leave car interiors, furniture, even skin, smelling fresh and sweet. $12 at Maven Bath & Candle Co., 7328 Manchester Road, mavenstl.com

Pony bag • This all-leather pony bag struts a classic look with its simple design. The small bag pairs well with most outfits while fitting all the necessities. $125 at Sole Survivor Leather, 7401 Manchester Road, solesurvivorleather.com

Leather jean belt • This jean belt brings an outfit together while standing the test of time. Made from 100% leather, it serves as a functional gift that won’t break with continued wear. $68 at Sole Survivor Leather, 7401 Manchester Road, solesurvivorleather.com

Kir Royale gift set • Kick off the holiday gift party with this fruity aperitif set containing Créme de Cassis liqueur and Villa D’Arfanta Prosecco sparkling wine. $30.98 at Vom Fass, 7314 Manchester Road, vomfassusa.com


St. Louis stemless wine glass set • Whether a St. Louis native or tourist, this wine set makes the perfect gift for wine drinkers. The set includes two stemless wine glasses and one tea towel embroidered with the St. Louis skyline. $34 at Larder & Cupboard, 7310 Manchester Road, larderandcupboard.com

Calendula rose cream • STL Herbs and Aromatics create its herbal products with all-natural, organic ingredients. The store’s Calendula Rose Cream will leave skin silky and smooth with rose extracts and Vitamin E oil. $26.80 at STL Herbs and Aromatics, 7290 Manchester Road, stlherbsandaromatics.com Extra strength moisturizer • This locally made, handcrafted moisturizer makes the perfect stocking stuffer. $18 at Maven Bath & Candle Co., 7328 Manchester Road, mavenstl.com

Baby wash • Give a new mom some peace of mind as she washes her baby. This baby wash from Bee Naturals contains natural ingredients gentle for young skin. $11.97 at Bee Naturals, 7192 Manchester Road, beenaturals.com

Holiday happenings • On Nov. 30, kick off your holiday shopping at Maplewood’s Small Business Saturday. Enjoy food samples, wine tastings and, of course, special deals. On Dec. 6, partake in a Dickensesque holiday celebration with carolers and horse-drawn carriage rides at Maplewood’s Christmas Tree Walk. Sip cocoa and tour decked business storefronts. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. at Citizens National Bank, 7305 Manchester Road. Grab a bite • Swing by Boogaloo at 7344 Manchester Road, the only restaurant in St. Louis to seat its customers on swings. It’s also one of the few places in St. Louis that cooks authentic Creole, Cuban and Caribbean cuisine. For a taste of Italian, try Acero, 7266 Manchester Road, one of Post-Dispatch restaurant critic Ian Froeb’s 100 best restaurants in STL. Sip a drink • Take a shopping break and stop by Tapped on Manchester Road. Sip from the restaurant’s 40-plus selfpour beer and wine taps. For a pick-me-up, walk down to La Cosecha Coffee Roasters for a freshly brewed cup of coffee. Other shops • Your favorite bookworm will appreciate any purchase from the Book Store, 7352 Manchester Road. For your furry friend, check out the vast supply of pet food, treats and toys at Airedale Antics. Where to park • A lot behind the Book House off Marietta Avenue provides plenty of free parking. More info • cityofmaplewood.com







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Get in the spirit • Partake in some holiday fun for the whole family at downtown Kirkwood’s holiday walk on Nov. 23. Write letters to Santa and Mrs. Claus before they arrive by the Amtrak train at 9:30 a.m. and bring your own camera on Dec. 5, 12 and 13 to take a free photo with Santa.


The only thing more charming than the streets of Kirkwood and Webster Groves are the stores of Kirkwood and Webster Groves during the holidays. Shop the cities’ artsy stores for unique, thoughtful gifts. “Reading forever! Dishes whenever” tea towel • Give your bookworm this tea towel to celebrate his or her favorite hobby and least favorite thing to do. $16 at the Novel Neighbor, 7905 Big Bend Boulevard, Webster Groves, thenovelneighbor.com Bisque ornament • Make the holiday season festive with these hand-painted ornaments crafted by artist Stephanie Barken. These ornaments bring the season to any space, whether donning a tree or hung on a mantle. $42 ornament only, $48 with stand at Green Door Art Gallery, 21 North Gore Avenue, Webster Groves, greendoorartgallery. com

Swedish dishcloths • Help your avid cook keep her kitchen clean with these Swedish dishcloths. Each cloth absorbs 20 times its weight and replaces 17 rolls of paper towels. $6.95 each at Cornucopia, 107 North Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, cornucopia-kitchen.com

St. Louis beer soap set • Give a beer lover this three-bar soap set made from ingredients of the city’s favorite craft beers. This set includes a sweet and spicy London ale bar, a bitter almond oat stout and a spicy pumpkin ale bar. $33 at Sammysoap, 123 West Argonne Drive, Kirkwood, sammysoap.com Carnation vase • This elegant vase will perk up the home of any flower or art lover. Whether placed as a centerpiece or perched on a shelf, this vase matches almost any room. $65.75 at Blue Dahlia Designs, 7930 South Big Bend Boulevard, Webster Groves, bluedahliadesigns.net

“Made from scratch” oven mitt • Complete the kitchen of your favorite cat lover with this large oven mitt. $12.99 at the Green Goose, 1267 South Laclede Station Road, Webster Groves, greengoose.com

Cutting board and canape knife • This marble and acacia wood cutting board would make a great gift for hostesses, new home owners or newlyweds. Top it off with their favorite bottle of wine for an extra touch. $47.75 at Blue Dahlia Designs, 7930 South Big Bend Boulevard, Webster Groves, bluedahliadesigns.net stltoday.com/thelist

Sugar scrubs • Stuff your teen’s stocking with these cocoa butter sugar scrubs. Each scrub leaves skin smooth and smelling of cherry almond, bourbon vanilla or orange creme. $12 at Kind Soap Co., 20 Allen Avenue, Webster Groves, kindsoap.com

Grab a bite • If you haven’t been there already (or if you haven’t been there enough), feast on the heavenly crunchy croissants at Nathaniel Reid Bakery, 11243 Manchester Road. Warm up with Amigos Cantina’s spicy Mexican fish at 120 West Jefferson Avenue. For a light lunch, visit Crushed Red for a personalized salad. Other shops • Visit the Rusted Chandelier, 118 North Kirkwood Road, for charming home décor and floral design. Your favorite gardener will appreciate anything you buy at the Bug Store at 113 West Argonne Drive. Find trendy fashion at Civil Alchemy in Webster Groves. Where to park • Kirkwood traffic tends to be very congested on weekends. To steer clear of the Christmas crowds, take Geyer Road instead of Lindbergh Boulevard and park in the lot next to the Custard Station on Argonne Drive. More info • kirkwoodmo.org • webstergroves.org



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