There’s no place like St. Louis for the holidays! Whether you call this city home or you’re here staying at the best boutique hotel in St. Louis, you’ll never run out of things to do this December. From holiday lights to traditional stories being told on the big stage, there’s a celebration fit for every person.
It’s no secret we love St. Louis, but there’s something especially magical about the city in December. The Moonrise Hotel’s own Delmar Loop comes alive with lights and holiday cheer. Take a stroll down the St. Louis Walk of Fame to see the decor, or grab a seasonal cocktail at our Eclipse Restaurant. There are so many things to do and see — here are a few other ideas to get you started!
Holiday Activities in St. Louis
Holidays on The Loop | Dec. 1
Come to the annual Holidays on the Loop celebration to join in festive fun events like The Great Gift Hunt, the Loop Holiday Tree Lighting and a visit from Santa. But best of all, you can come to our pet-friendly hotelfrom 11 am – 4 pm with your furry friend and have a professional holiday picture taken for free!
Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo | Dec. 1-2; 5-9; 12-23; 26-30
The Saint Louis Zoo becomes even more magical during Wild Lights. Enjoy over 1 million twinkling lights and animal-themed displays, warm up at a fire pit, and listen to holiday carolers. Children can also make winter crafts and activities.
Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park | Dec. 1-23; 25-30
This is a holiday experience you won’t want to forget. Drive through Tilles Park — or take a horse-drawn carriage — as its transformed into a winter spectacle. Beautiful lights, holiday displays, and, of course, Santa and his reindeer will greet you.
Polar Express Train Ride | Dec. 1-30
All aboard the Polar Express! Depart from St. Louis Union Station on this train ride you and your family will remember forever. Sing songs and experience holiday cheer on this railway journey.
Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights | Dec. 1-30
The Anheuser-Busch Brewery is brewing up something magical. From an abundance of sparkling lights, seasonal beer, food and entertainment, people of all ages are sure to enjoy this holiday extravaganza.
Winterfest | Dec. 1-Jan. 1.
Head down to the Winterfest Ice Rink at Kiener Plaza, right in the heart of downtown. You can skate, drink hot chocolate, or explore the playground — all with the breathtaking Gateway Arch in the background.
Chanukah: Festival of Lights | Dec. 2
Visit the Missouri Botanical Garden to experience the Festival of Lights! Celebrate this traditional Jewish holiday with festive Israeli music and dance, a menorah-lighting ceremony and more.
Experience the classic Peanuts story in a new way. This Christmas tradition of more than 50 years is sure to delight those of all ages as your favorite characters come to life.
A Christmas Carol | Dec. 6-9
Don’t be a Scrooge — head on over to The Fabulous Fox to experience Charles Dickens’ classic tale. You’ll also sing along to timeless carols like “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “Away in the Manger.”
The Nutcracker | Dec. 14-23
You won’t want to miss the magic of The Nutcracker, put on by the Saint Louis Ballet. Fabulous costumes, breathtaking sets, and, of course, beautiful dancing await for this Christmas classic.
This season will be one for the books! At the Moonrise, we love to take advantage of all the fun St. Louis offers year-round, but the holidays here are truly something special. If you’re looking for unique event spaces for a holiday party, or just a place to stay while you partake in all the holiday fun, choose the Moonrise for a truly stellar time. Book your stay today!