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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

Thu., Dec. 13, 7 p.m., Fri., Dec. 14, 7 p.m., Sat., Dec. 15, 3 & 7 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 16, 1 & 5 p.m.
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Who would want to steal Christmas? Well, if you're an anti-social grouch who hates the happy sounds of singing and good cheer, you'd go to drastic measures for silence. The Grinch is just such a surly character, and with his faithful dog Max he attempts the wholesale theft of a holiday. Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical brings the holiday staple to the stage, with sets and scenery inspired by the book's drawings, and songs borrowed from the TV special. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday (December 13 to 16) at the Stifel Theatre (1400 Market Street; www.stifeltheatre.com). Tickets are $32 to $82. $32-$82

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Stifel Theatre (map)
1400 Market St
St. Louis - Downtown
phone 314-499-7600
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show

Through Dec. 24 and Through Dec. 30

Families once gathered to build their own holiday train sets under the Christmas tree, but it's a disappearing pasttime. Still, there's something magical about a well-built model train setup with buildings, little people and personal touches. Maybe Santa Claus is the engineer, or a tiny James Gang is waiting around the bend. The Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard; www.mobot.org) keeps the tradition alive with its annual Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show. Six tracks of model trains roll through hand-built scenery, which is surrounded by a landscape of living plants. It's an elaborate setup that rewards the careful observer, and it's open daily through January 1 (closed Christmas Day). Tickets are $5 per person in addition to regular garden admission. $5 in addition to regular garden admission ($4-$12)

Anheuser-Busch's Brewery Lights

Thursdays-Sundays, 5-10 p.m. Continues through Dec. 30

You have to give Anheuser-Busch credit: The big brewery in town has crammed more Christmas stuff than ever into its light display this year. There are the traditional lights winking from every cornice and edge of every building in the brewery complex, the return of its own ice-skating rink, a new kids' zone and brewery express train, and holiday movies shown on a big screen nightly during regular hours. If you want to experience everything the season has to offer, it's all there. Anheuser-Busch's brewery lights are on every night, but the other activities only happen from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday (November 12 to December 30) at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and Tour Center (1200 Lynch Street; www.budweisertours.com). Admission is free, but train rides are $3 and there's a suggested $3 to $5 donation for skate rental. Skating is free if you have your own skates, but why not donate anyway? free admission, some activities require a fee

Garden Glow

Through Dec. 23, 5-10 p.m. and Through Jan. 1, 2019, 5-10 p.m.

One of the most popular holiday traditions in St. Louis returns this weekend, when the Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard; www.mobot.org) officially opens Garden Glow. More than one million lights wrap the trees and buildings of the garden, creating a seasonal spectacle. In keeping with the garden's mission, many of the lights are solar powered, and electrical use for the event has been offset with Renewable Energy Certificates, making this one of the few guilt-free Christmas treats. The 1.3-mile path through the park has a few concession areas serving hot chocolate, s'mores and the like, and both the Sassafras Cafe and Cafe Flora (Friday and Saturday nights only until December) will be serving food until 9 p.m. Garden Glow takes place from 5 to 10 p.m. nightly (November 17 to January 1; closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Tickets are $3 to $18 and are sold for specific start times; you can't get in before the time on your ticket. $3-$18

A Christmas Story

Thursdays, Fridays, 8 p.m., Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Sat., Dec. 15, 4 & 8 p.m., Sun., Dec. 16, 2 p.m., Wed., Dec. 19, 1:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 22, 4 & 8 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 23, 2 & 7 p.m. Continues through Dec. 23
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The evergreen holiday film A Christmas Story is based on the stories of the great Jean Shepherd, who mined childhood nostalgia and memories of his own family to tell an honest tale about the true meaning of Christmas from a child's point of view. It's Ralphie Parker's fervent dream that he wake up to a Red Rider BB gun on Christmas morning, but his parents are against it. So Ralphie tries to work the system to get his wish, first by writing the most beautiful essay about air rifles his teacher has ever read, and then by placing an order with Santa Claus. In between his schemes, Ralphie has to deal with his oddball family (why won't his kid brother just eat?), his friends and the neighborhood bully, Scut Farkus (he has yellow eyes!). The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis gives us all a gift with Philip Grecian's stage adaptation of A Christmas Story. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday (November 30 to December 23) at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.repstl.org). Tickets are $24 to $97. $24-$97

Holiday Pop-Up

Thu., Dec. 13, 6-10 p.m.
phone 636-376-7361
ssmith@smithology.org
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Ho, Ho, Holidays!! Join The Monocle & Plexus for a Holiday Hop & Shop! Try deliciously crafted cocktails (and mocktails!) while you knock out some holiday gift shopping... Beautifully handcrafted items, unique gifts, photography, artwork, and fantastic finds await you on December 13, 2018 from 6-10 pm. While you shop, you can also enter our raffle for a Holiday gift basket, and listen to the sweet acoustic tunes of Adam Gaffney & Joshua Eaker! No cover! Plexus supports local area artists, craftsmen, makers, vendors, and small business owners. Free!

https://www.facebook.com/events/296563834529986/
The Monocle (map)
4510 Manchester Ave
St. Louis - The Grove
phone 314-935-7003

Holiday Flowers and Frosty's at Narwhal's

Thu., Dec. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
sarahestes.alicestable@gmail.com
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Come out to Narwhal's Crafted Urban Ice, one of the most unique bars in the St. Louis area, for a fun-filled holiday flower arranging class. Start by trying a few free samples of Narwhal's uniquely crafted frozen cocktails. Grab your favorite to bring back to the table where you'll learn how to create your own beautiful holiday flower arrangement that you'll get to take home at the end of the night. Please feel free to bring in your favorite snacks or takeout from a local restaurant for those dinnertime munchies. Ticket sales close December 7. $65

https://alicestable.com/host/profile/sarah-estes
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Sleigh Bells Ring, Voices Sing Holiday Concert

Thu., Dec. 13, 7:30-9 p.m.
phone 314-720-7700
Info@VarietySTL.org
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Join Variety the Children's Charity of St. Louis for a magical holiday concert at The Sheldon Concert Hall. The concert will feature the Variety Children's Chorus, comprised of talented kids and teens of all abilities and under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Carter. Also featured will be the Junior League Larks, under the direction of Nance St. James, and the Gateway Ringers, under the direction of Ruth McDonnell. This event is made possible in part by support from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. $10 in advance

https://varietystl.org/holidayconcert2018
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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900

Santa’s Wonderland

Mondays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Dec. 24
phone 636-688-2500
aldavis@basspro.com

Santa’s Wonderland is the ultimate free family Christmas event. The magic returns to Bass Pro Shops and arrives at Cabela’s for the first time-ever in St. Louis. Families are invited to enjoy these enchanting Christmas villages offering FREE 4x6 studio-quality photos with Santa and free family holiday activities, including fun crafts and games. The Santa’s Wonderland Christmas village at Bass Pro Shops offers a free photo with Santa, remote control trucks, laser/ foam toy arcade, a video game kiosk, Lincoln Logs building area and much more. Kids can also enjoy free crafts, coloring stations and write a letter to Santa. Free

http://www.BassPro.com/Santa
Bass Pro Shop (map)
1365 S. 5th St.
St. Charles
phone 636-688-2500

The Nutcracker

Fri., Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 15, 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun., Dec. 16, 2 p.m., Wed., Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 21, 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 22, 2 & 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 23, 2 & 7:30 p.m.
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Saint Louis Ballet has long performed Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker at Christmas, but this year the company goes all out with thirteen performances of the crowd-pleasing classic. In it young Clara receives the gift of a handsome nutcracker, which her brother breaks. When Clara later sneaks downstairs to check on her gift, she discovers an army of attacking mice, led by the Mouse King. Suddenly the nutcracker grows to life-size, and a desperate Clara distracts the Mouse King long enough for her nutcracker prince to defeat the enemy. The duo escape to the Land of Sweets, where much dancing and happy times commence. The Saint Louis Ballet incorporates special effects and grand sets to create a proper holiday spectacle. The Nutcracker is performed Wednesday through Sunday (December 14 to 23) at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus (1 University Drive at Natural Bridge Road; www.stlouisballet.org). Tickets are $35 to $72. $35-$72

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Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center (map)
1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road
North St. Louis County
phone 314-516-4949
The Nutcracker

St. Charles Christmas Traditions

Sundays, 12-5 p.m., Saturdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Wednesdays, Fridays, 6-9 p.m. Continues through Dec. 24

Traditionally, there's only ever one Santa Claus on the job — that's what makes him so special. But at St. Charles Christmas Traditions, all the iterations of Santa Claus from other cultures and times gather in historic downtown St. Charles (South Main Street and Jackson Street, St. Charles; www.historicstcharles.com), which allows you to meet and take a picture with some far-out Santa variants and other assorted holiday characters. There's Ded Moroz ("Old Man Frost"), who brings the well-mannered children of Slavic countries their presents, and Julenisse, the Scandinavian supernatural being associated with the Winter Solstice. Non-Santa costumed characters include a reindeer flight instructor, Jack Frost, the Ice Queen and Julia D. Grant, the St. Louis-born wife of Ulysses and America's former first lady. St. Charles Christmas Traditions opens with a big brouhaha from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, November 23. The fun resumes from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday (November 24 to December 24). In some cultures, Santa Claus has a mischievous counterpart; on Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Krampus gets his time to shine during Krampusnachts. At 8:13 p.m. he spins his Wheel of Misfortune in the Colonnade, joined by unsavory pals the Mouse King, Jolakotturinn (Iceland's ferocious Yule Cat, who eats people who don't get new clothes for Christmas) and the Abominable Snowman. If you feel like you can't keep all these beings straight without a scorecard, you're in luck: Special trading cards are available for each of them. Admission is free, and most shops and restaurants in the downtown area will be open for business during Christmas Traditions hours. free admission

U.S. Bank Wild Lights

Fridays-Sundays, 5:30-8:30 p.m. and Through Dec. 30, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 23

U.S. Bank Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo (1 Government Drive; www.stlzoo.org) opens this weekend from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday to Sunday, and once again it's in the running for Best Zoo Lights in the country in USA Today's annual poll (voting is open until December 10, if you're so inclined). U.S. Bank Wild Lights features more than 1 million lights strung throughout the zoo, and families can also enjoy storytellers, campfire s'mores, ice-carving demonstrations on weekends and special nighttime viewings of Penguin & Puffin Coast and the Monsanto Insectarium. This year the zoo's 4D theater is showing The Polar Express for free during the Wild Lights nights, and the always-popular Conservation Carousel is likewise free to ride. Sessions resume from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday (November 28 to December 23, and then every night except Christmas Eve and Christmas from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (December 26 to 30). Tickets are $8 to $11, and kids younger than two are free. $8-$11

Saint Louis Zoo (map)
1 Government Dr
St. Louis - Forest Park
phone 314-781-0900
U.S. Bank Wild Lights

Day Trip to Quaint Christmas Churches

Fri., Dec. 14, 9:45 a.m.-8 p.m.
phone 314-822-8171
sallyc@historicsappingtonhouse.org
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December 14 Friday 9:45 am-8 pm Day Trip to Quaint Christmas Churches To Apple Creek churches we go! By motorcoach, join Historic Sappington House as we travel to country churches adorned in Christmas finery. Enjoy a home-style meal and shop for handmade crafts, wine and fine meats. Cost $65; reservations required. Deadline Tuesday, December 11th. Call Crestwood Community Center at 314-729-4860 to charge, or make checks payable to “City of Crestwood” and mail to Crestwood Community City, 9245 Whitecliff Park 63126. Trip weather permitting. Departure will be from the Community Center at 9:45 am. $65

Christmas Candlelight Walk

Fri., Dec. 14, 6-10:30 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 15, 6-10:30 p.m.
phone 636-798-2005

Join the St. Charles County Parks Department this holiday season to experience a night of warmth and beauty at The Historic Daniel Boone Home! Step back in time to witness Christmas traditions of the early 1800's in what would become the state of Missouri in 1821. The candlelit village comes alive as guests experience the practices and traditions of different cultures and how the holiday was celebrated on the frontier. Visit with Daniel Boone himself as he reminisces of winters past. Enjoy hot apple cider, listen to traditional carols and more. $10 - $15

https://www.facebook.com/BooneHome/
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The Nutcracker

Fri., Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 15, 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun., Dec. 16, 2 p.m., Wed., Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 21, 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 22, 2 & 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 23, 2 & 7:30 p.m.
phone 314-516-4949
ticket@umsl.edu
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The Nutcracker fills the mainstage at the Touhill with spectacular sets, costumes and a sizeable cast, helmed by the professional company of Saint Louis Ballet. The ensemble swells with special guest performers and the talented students of the Saint Louis Ballet School in children’s roles. The highly entertaining favorite is performed to the traditional Tchaikovsky score. This season, Saint Louis Ballet offers 13 productions, including weekend, weekday and weeknight performances. Nothing rings in the holidays like Saint Louis Ballet’s classic! $35-$72

https://www.touhill.org/events/detail/the-nutcracker-1
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Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center (map)
1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road
North St. Louis County
phone 314-516-4949
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