Chestnuts in your belly
We at Night & Day Global Industries can't get enough of the roasted chestnuts. But when our boss caught us building office trash-can fires -- well, let's just say they went over about as well as when Mr. Night tried to institute No-Pants Friday. Our good cheer is restored at the fourth annual Wintermarkt Fair (in Greg Freeman Park, Kingsbury and Des Peres avenues; call 314-862-5122 for information), where local artisans sell handmade gifts and delicious holiday treats (including our beloved roasted chestnuts). Wintermarkt is open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., with $5 horse-drawn-carriage rides offered between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Enjoy live music and kids' activities throughout the day, and feel the double happiness of finding perfect presents and supporting local artists. -- Brooke Foster
From the inside out
There's a chill in the air. You've been trying to keep warm by drinking endless cups of java, huddling under your electric blanket on the sofa and watching the Weather Channel for glimpses of balmy Caribbean evenings. Why can't you be in a tropical locale, wearing next to nothing while sipping ice-cold fruity concoctions? Take off the union suit, we've got a better way to warm you up: the Sheldon Art Galleries' Second Annual Winter Warming, held from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Sheldon's Louis Spiering Room (3648 Washington Boulevard). This fundraiser offers wine sampling and sales, hors d'oeuvres and live music. Ah, the color is coming back to your cheeks already! Plus, you'll feel all toasty inside, knowing you're helping support the exhibitions and educational programs of the Sheldon Art Galleries. Tickets are $35 and available through MetroTix (314-534-1111) or at www.sheldonconcerthall.org. For more information call 314-533-9900. -- Amy Helms
How is it fair that Santa gets all the free cookies when you're schlepping presents all around town too? The antique shops on Cherokee Street (between South Jefferson Avenue and South Broadway; 314-772-9177 or www.cherokeeantiquerow.com) want to correct this horrible injustice with live music and free cookies for all visitors to the 21st annual Cookie Spree. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (December 4 and 5). That's right: two days of cookies. -- Alison Sieloff
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