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From "Jingle Bells" to "Sleigh Ride," all sorts of carols mention alternative forms of transportation. But how many times have you even seen a horse-drawn sleigh, let alone ridden in one? While it sure sounds dandy, this kind of conveyance just isn't practical, at least not in St. Louis. A horse-drawn carriage, however, is far more realistic. Sure, it's a bit more common, but not entirely so, and at Maplewood's eighth annual Christmas Tree Walk (314-781-8588 or www.maplewood-chamber.com), you can hop into a carriage and go for a spin — for free! How's that for festive? In addition to the rides, songs will fill the air and lights will twinkle from the town tree at the corner of Manchester Road and Marshall Avenue starting at 6 p.m. In fact, Maplewood will be so filled with the joy of the holidays that Santa himself will stop by, just to say hello! Heck, he might even pick up a couple of things for Mrs. Claus at Maplewood's boutiques, and you'd be wise to do the same for yours at home — Santa's not the only one who's supposed to be a gift-giver this time of year.
Fri., Dec. 4, 2009

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