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Nowadays, it’s hard to find a one-horse open sleigh to tote you around and help fulfill your snowy holiday dreams. But perhaps a free carriage ride would do? You should at least try one out at the Lafayette Square Annual Holiday Parlor Tour ( The interiors of ten stately homes (like the one pictured) are offered up for the peeping from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and carriage-ing around the neighborhood park allows you to feel that Victorian-era vibe (that’s the period in which most of these homes were built). Tour tickets cost $15 to $18 and can be purchased by calling 314-772-5724; your self-guided step back in time begins at the Park House (at Lafayette and Mississippi avenues).

And ten must be a magic, festive number, because that’s also how many historic structures are on the somewhat-confusingly named “The Night Before Christmas” Candlelight Christmas House Tour (today from 2 to 8 p.m.). During this event, you get to visit eight homes and a couple of bonus locations — the restored Bacon Log Cabin and Manchester’s City Hall. Plus, holiday cookies and cider are served! This tour costs $12, and tickets are available today at the log cabin (Henry Avenue and Spring Meadows Drive, Ballwin) or in advance by calling 636-220-7330.
Sun., Dec. 10

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