Thursday, November 26, 2015

6 Great Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Nov 26, 2015 at 6:05 AM

click to enlarge The Rock N Roll Craft Show kicks off Friday at the Luminary.
  • The Rock N Roll Craft Show kicks off Friday at the Luminary.

Your weekend starts today — even if you'll soon be too stuffed with trytophan to enjoy it! Get a jump on the holiday season with the Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade. Or maybe wait til Saturday and kick things off with the Rock N Roll Craft Show or the Loop in Motion festival. There's plenty to do other than shop at big box retailers this weekend. Got Christmas gifting on the brain? Check out our guide to shopping local.


1. Enjoy the return of St. Louis' own Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade, a St. Louis holiday tradition, returns after taking last year off. The early-morning procession starts 8:45 a.m. today at Seventh and Market streets (www.christmasinstlouis.org) and then heads west, and comprises more than 130 units. You'll see floats, vintage cars, fire trucks, gargantuan helium balloon figures and a dozen high school marching bands. The Bellville East High School band has taken the top prize in five of the past six parades — can they do it again, or will a new band march to victory? As always, the parade ends with a visit from Santa Claus. — Rob Levy


2. Window shop in charming St. Charles

When it comes to capturing the sweet, nostalgic essence of Christmastime in America, few places do it better than St. Charles' Historic Main Street (100 North Main Street, St. Charles; 800-366-2427 or www.stcharleschristmas.com). Experience the magic for yourself at St. Charles Christmas Traditions, a month-long celebration of holiday cheer. Shop and dine along the red-brick streets, say hello to the strolling characters, and allow the festive carolers to lift your spirits. This is the perfect place to begin your own holiday tradition with your family, complete with a gingerbread village, chestnut-roasting and a host of Santas from around the world. Go on — get merry! St. Charles Christmas Traditions opens with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus on Friday, November 27. Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Friday (November 27 to December 23), and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 24. Admission is free.— Brooke Foster



3. Check out the city's premiere holiday craft show

Eleven years in, the Rock N Roll Craft Show remains one of the tip-top best places to delight everyone on your holiday list and have a wonderful time yourself. You'll find beautiful items — including glassware, clothing, jewelry, furniture and fine art — from local and national artisans. As you peruse the goods (set up like a luxe department store, not confined to booths!), enjoy live music and cocktails from the cash-or-credit bar. Kiddos get in free, and they'll love saying hello to the person-size sock monkey who roams the show throughout the day. This year's event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (November 27 to 29) at the Luminary (2701 Cherokee Street; www.rocknrollcraftshow.com). Admission is $10 on Friday and $4 Saturday and Sunday. — Brooke Foster

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