Are you spending the holidays in St. Louis with your family? Well, you can’t miss meeting Santa Claus while you are in town. Here are some of St. Louis’ best festive events where you can introduce your kids to the jolly man in the red suit.
To catch some holiday spirit, visit Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park, 9551 Litzinger Road in St. Louis. Open from Nov. 21 to Dec. 30, except on Christmas Eve, you can drive or walk the grounds to see the lights displays. Your best bet of seeing Santa Claus is by taking a ride in his sleigh. Available on all nights except Mondays, reserve your sleigh ride tickets in advance online at the MetroTix website or calling the park’s office at (314) 534-111 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily. You can also buy tickets at the Fox Theatre Box Office. The price is $12 per person for the 24-person Santa’s Sleigh.
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
A stage adaptation of the famous TV classic, this is a wonderful musical that your kids will love. The show is put on at the Fabulous Fox theatre, located at 527 North Grand Boulevard in St. Louis, on Dec. 22 and Dec. 23. Tickets are available online from $29 to $82.
Polar Express Train Ride
Board the Polar Express for a 45-minute ride to the North Pole. Coach tickets start at $35, and first-class tickets start at $59. The first-class include a souvenir golden ticket, hot chocolate, a Christmas gift from Santa, and other goodies. Come dressed in pajamas, sing Christmas carols on the train, and meet Santa Claus and his elves on the train when you reach the North Pole.
The trains run from Nov. 16 to Dec. 30 at 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 7:15 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. Check in an hour before the train departs. The St. Louis Union Station is located at 1820 Market Street in St. Louis.
Breakfast With Santa
On weekends from Dec. 2 to Dec. 17 between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., you will have the opportunity to have breakfast with Santa Claus at the Lakeside Cafe in the St. Louis Zoo. The gourmet breakfast buffet includes pastries, biscuits, fruits, potatoes, bacon, sausages, scrambled eggs, and French toast sticks. Reserve your tickets in advance, which cost $27 for adults and $20 for children. Zoo members can purchase tickets at a discounted price. The Zoo is located at Washington Drive in St. Louis.
Santa’s Magical Kingdom
Drive 30 minutes to Eureka’s Jellystone Park Resort at 5300 Fox Creek Road to see the dazzling display of lights in Santa’s Magical Kingdom. Visit Santa’s workshop at Kringle’s General Store, and take a fun-filled trip through the Kingdom on the Santa Express Train or on the Old Fashioned Holiday Wagon. The Kingdom is open every night from Nov. 16 to Jan. 6. Check prices and times on the website.
Meeting Santa Claus and spending Christmas with you will be memories your kids will cherish long after they’ve grown up. So, make the most of your time together and have a great holiday season.