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Compton Heights Concert Band Holiday Spectacular

Peabody Opera House : 7:30 p.m. December 23

Can't hold out one more day to celebrate Christmas? The Compton Heights Concert Band is here to take you right into the holidays at its sixteenth annual Holiday Pops Spectacular. The Peabody Opera House turns into a temple of seasonal tunes with the help of the St. Louis Metro Singers, tenor... More >>

St. Louis - Downtown Performing Arts, Holiday, Arts

Missouri Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker

Edison Theatre : 7:30 p.m. December 19; 2:00 p.m. December 20; 2:00 p.m. December 21

What would Christmas be without The Nutcracker? E.T.A. Hoffmann's story about a young girl who journeys to a fairy-tale world of brave wooden soldiers is set against one of Tchaikovsky's best-loved scores; no wonder it's become a family favorite. The Missouri Ballet Theatre performs its... More >>

St. Louis - Clayton Family Events, Performing Arts, Dance, Holiday, Arts

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra: Macy's Holiday Celebration

Powell Symphony Hall : 2:00 p.m. December 19; 2:00 p.m. December 20; 2:00 p.m. December 21

Usually when you hear Charlie Brennan's voice, it's coming at you from your car radio, and he's typically not taking the time to rhyme during his KMOX talk show. But things change when he makes merry during the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra's Macy's Holiday Celebration. This festive event not... More >>

St. Louis - Grand Center Performing Arts, Holiday, Family Events, Arts

Alton Christmas Wonderland

Rock Spring Park : 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. until December 28; 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Sat., Sun. until December 28

Every year in Alton Rock Spring Park is transformed into a twinkling Christmas Wonderland through the magic of 2.5 million lights. These lights are hung by volunteers known as the Grandpa Gang, and they string up trees, make cascading waterfalls of lights and create massive, multicolored... More >>

Grafton/ Godfrey/ Alton Tours, Holiday, Family Events, Cheap Thrills

Mysteries of the Unseen World

Saint Louis Science Center-OMNIMAX : 10:00 a.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until December 31; 12:00 p.m. every Sun. until December 31

It's pretty much a given that most of us spend too many hours glued to screens and electronic media and insufficient time outdoors. But for all the myriad miraculous things waiting to be observed and studied out there in the natural world, there are just as many that are invisible to us, no... More >>

St. Louis - Forest Park Film, Family Events, Cheap Thrills, Arts

1864 St. Louis Holiday Ball

Old Courthouse : 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. December 20

In case you were thinking, "By golly, I sure do feel like partying like it's 1864 today," we can punch your ticket. Just attend the 1864 St. Louis Holiday Ball at the Old Courthouse, and step into the nineteenth century while you're at it. As the name implies, this gala affair is designed to... More >>

St. Louis - Downtown Holiday, Free Events

D-Day: Normandy 1944

Saint Louis Science Center-OMNIMAX : 1:00 p.m. daily until December 19

D-Day, the 1944 Allied invasion of occupied France, was one of the most important battles of Western history. It has been analyzed, fictionalized and re-created in a number of media, so why attempt to do so again? French filmmaker Pascal Vuong wanted to look not just at what happened on June 6,... More >>

St. Louis - Forest Park History, Film, Cheap Thrills, Arts

A Classic Christmas: From 1950s Television

Webster University-Moore Auditorium : 7:30 p.m. December 20; 7:30 p.m. December 21

Special Christmas episodes of TV series are nothing new, dating all the way back to broadcast television's beginnings. The Webster Film Series presents A Classic Christmas: From 1950s Television, which collects several of these early episodes (and appropriate trailers and promos). You can see... More >>

Webster Groves Film, Holiday, Free Events, Arts

Classical Music Open Stage

Tavern of Fine Arts : 7:30 p.m. second Mon. of every month

There are far too few venues for violinists, pianists and cellists to perform in public, outside of massive symphony orchestras. This creates quite the dilemma for amateur musicians who want to perform chamber music, or who simply prefer playing in a more intimate and less formal atmosphere.... More >>

St. Louis - Skinker/DeBaliviere Open Mic, Music, Free Events, Arts

All Is Calm

Fontbonne University Fine Arts Theatre : 8:00 p.m. every Thu., Sat. until December 19

Mustard Seed Theatre is regifting this season, but no one will complain. The company remounts its sensational Christmas show from last year, Peter Rothstein's All Is Calm, with the same cast. This a cappella musical tells the true story of the spontaneous truces that popped up on the frontlines... More >>

Clayton Theater, Holiday

Steinberg Skating Rink

Steinberg Skating Rink : 10:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m. daily from December 19 until January 3

Ask any parent and they'll tell you: Christmas eve is the slowest day of the year. You're trying to finish all the last minute stuff before the in-laws arrive, and your damn wiener kids keep asking you "how much longer till Christmas?" every 90 seconds. Listen, one of you needs to dad-up and... More >>

St. Louis - Forest Park Cheap Thrills, Sports - Participatory, Holiday, Family Events

250 in 250: 50 People, 50 Places, 50 Moments, 50 Images, 50 Objects

Missouri History Museum : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily until February 15

To paraphrase an antique rock & roll lyric: Have you heard the news? There's good countin' tonight. The city of St. Louis turns 250 years old this month, and the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org) celebrates the big birthday... More >>

St. Louis - Forest Park Museum Exhibits and Events, History, Free Events, Civic Events, Arts

Atua: Sacred Gods from Polynesia

Saint Louis Art Museum : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Sat., Sun. until January 4; 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Fri. until January 4

Don't look now but the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park (314-721-0072 or www.slam.org) has the scoop of scoops. And if it's too modest to crow about it we'll do the shouting, as this is truly a special occasion. "This" is Atua: Sacred Gods from Polynesia, a brand-new exhibit organized by... More >>

St. Louis - Forest Park Visual Art, Arts

Marty Stuart: The Art of Country Music

The Sheldon : 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. every Sat. until January 3; 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. every Tue. until January 3; 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri. until January 3

It's a good night for country-music fans in St. Louis. Marty Stuart is at the Sheldon Art Galleries (3648 Washington Boulevard; 314-533-9900 or www.thetheldon.org) from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, October 3, for the opening reception of Marty Stuart: The Art of Country Music. (At 8 p.m. Stuart performs... More >>

St. Louis - Grand Center Visual Art, Free Events, Arts

Blithe Spirit

Gaslight Theater : 8:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until December 21; 3:00 p.m. every Sun. until December 21

Charles Condomine just wants to research seances for his next novel. He invites a medium to to do her thing, and she succeeds in summoning the ghost of his first wife, Elvira. Elvira is not happy about Charles' current wife, Ruth, and resumes hectoring Charles about his decision making,... More >>

St. Louis - Central West End Theater

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis Fall Exhibitions

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis : 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Wed. until January 3; 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri. until January 3; 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sat. until January 3

Get up close and personal with the work of three exceptional artists as the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis opens its fall exhibition. Houston conceptual artist Mel Chin presents Rematch, an in-depth, fascinating selection of his unclassifiable, multimedia work, which has popped up in the... More >>

St. Louis - Grand Center Visual Art, Free Events, Arts

Encountering the City: The Urban Experience in Contemporary Art

Washington University-Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum : 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until January 4

Much like pornography, everybody knows bad architecture when they see it. You may not have the language necessary to explain why you hate it, but artists do. Encountering the City: The Urban Experience in Contemporary Art, the new exhibition at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum on Washington... More >>

University City Visual Art, Free Events, Arts

Garden Glow

Missouri Botanical Garden : 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until December 18; 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. daily from December 19 until December 23; 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. daily from December 26 until December 30; 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. daily from January 1 until January 3

If you're into breathtaking displays of flora and multicolored lights, the Garden Glow is for you. More than half a million lights and holiday music transform the Missouri Botanical Garden into a nocturnal fairyland. Fire pits and s'mores help beat back the chill, and concession tents offer... More >>

St. Louis - Tower Grove Food and Drink, Holiday, Family Events

Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show

Missouri Botanical Garden : 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily until December 24; 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily from December 26 until January 4

There will be plenty of trainspotting at the Missouri Botanical Garden's Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show, an event celebrating the finest in garden decor and the thrills of model railroading. Trains of all kinds chug along 900 feet of track bedecked for the holidays. They... More >>

St. Louis - Tower Grove Home and Garden, Holiday, Family Events

Tom Huck: Bugs

Laumeier Sculpture Park : 8:00 a.m. daily until February 1

Insects -- if you can't kill them, make them into art and celebrate their presence in this world. That's the angle Tom Huck takes for his new exhibition, Bugs. Huck is renowned for his large-scale woodcuts of comically grotesque subjects, but Bugs is a specially commissioned series intended for... More >>

Crestwood/ Sunset Hills/ Sappington/ South Lindbergh Visual Art, Free Events, Arts

Santa vs. the Snowman

Saint Louis Science Center-OMNIMAX : 12:00 p.m. daily from December 19 until December 24; 12:00 p.m. daily from December 26 until December 31

Snowmen seem like such jolly fellows that it's hard to imagine them fighting anybody -- least of all Santa Claus. But when a snowy gent decides to try his hand at impersonating the big guy, Santa has to defend his turf. The North Pole becomes a comic battleground as Santa's mechanical creations... More >>

St. Louis - Forest Park Family Events, Cheap Thrills, Arts, Holiday, Film

Winter Jewels

Butterfly House : 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily until December 24; 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily from December 26 until January 4

This being St. Louis, the Christmas season is either freezing cold and wonderful, or unseasonably warm and unreasonably damp -- often in the same week. To guarantee comfortable temperatures, visit the Butterfly House for Winter Jewels. You can search for fairies in the Tropical Conservatory,... More >>

Chesterfield Nature, Family Events, Cheap Thrills

The Louisiana Purchase: Making St. Louis, Remaking America

Missouri History Museum : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until April 19; 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. every Tue. until April 19

We have Thomas Jefferson to thank for the fact that we're writing this in English for an audience of English speakers, within a region and nation where English most certainly is not the only language spoken, but it is the dominant one. Were it not for a certain colossal real estate deal... More >>

St. Louis - Forest Park Museum Exhibits and Events, History

Reality

Kranzberg Arts Center : 8:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri. until December 20; 3:00 p.m. December 20

The cast of Looking for Love are supposed to fall in love and live happily ever after. But reality TV dramas are often short on reality and long on drama, and all bets are off once the cameras go dark. Lia Romeo's dark comedy Reality deals with the scandalous behind-the-scenes happenings of... More >>

St. Louis - Grand Center Theater

A Christmas Story: The Musical

The Fox Theatre : 8:00 p.m. daily until December 23; 2:00 p.m. every Sat. from December 20 until January 3; 1:00 p.m. December 21; 8:00 p.m. December 22; 8:00 p.m. December 26; 1:00 p.m. December 28; 1:00 p.m. December 30; 1:00 p.m. December 31; 1:00 p.m. January 2; 1:00 p.m. January 4

The 1983 film A Christmas Story was ignored at the box office, earning only $2 million during its opening weekend. In the years since, the movie has gone on to become a holiday favorite, thanks to annual airings on television and a steady stream of home-video releases. Now Ralphie's quest to... More >>

St. Louis - Grand Center Theater, Holiday
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