Inside: Discover some of the great things going on for Christmas in Missouri!
Do you remember when Christmas truly felt like magic? If you are one of the very blessed, Christmas may still feel like magic to you. But for a lot of people, finding the magic of Christmas can be difficult.
Between bills, and job insecurities, political strife – and now the Covid virus – life has a way of messing with the best of us at times. And Christmas starts to feel like just another day where we don’t have enough money or time or friends or . . . except even more depressing when we look around and see everyone else having such a great time. But isn’t this when we need the magic of Christmas most of all?
I started this project off by simply wondering what kinds of things were going on in Missouri for Christmas. I have been struggling to find time to write in this blog, so I hoped to kind of “enthuse myself” on the topic and get myself writing again.
And . . . I have definitely done that, and more!
Because I have discovered that when it comes to Christmas, Missouri has it ALL going on! So if you’ve been feeling down, or wishing you could find that Christmas magic again, if only for a little while – check out some of these magical places to experience Christmas in Missouri.
The Magic of Christmas in Missouri
The Show-Me state really knows how to enjoy some “down-home” fun. And when you see some of the fun activities going on for the holidays around the state of Missouri, you might have a hard time deciding where to visit first. Fortunately, everything on this list is happening throughout December (and some in November, too), so you have a lot of flexibility when planning out your holiday activities. With so many cool things to see and do, you and your family will have every opportunity to enjoy a magical Christmas in Missouri!
Silver Dollar City – An Old Time Christmas
Location: Silver Dollar City, 399 Silver Dollar City Parkway, Branson, MO 65616 Phone: 800-888-7277
Dates: November 7 through December 30, 2020
Website: Silver Dollar City Old Time Christmas
Seriously, when I read about all the things that are going on at Silver Dollar City at their “An Old Time Christmas”, I wish I could just rent a studio apartment inside the park and live there for a month. It truly would probably take a week to really see everything they have to offer.
In addition to all the roller coasters and other fun that Silver Dollar City is famous for, their “An Old Time Christmas” offers all kinds of “MORE!” A walk through “Christmas in Midtown” will dazzle your eyes with over six million brightly colored lights. Kids will love watching Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade. And everywhere you look, there are places to eat, buy presents, or hang out with some of your favorite Christmas friends, including Rudolph and Santa. You can even enjoy a Broadway-style production of A Dickens’ Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life, or spend some time listening to a wonderful variety of live music and other performances, including a Living Nativity. At Silver Dollar City, Christmas magic is around every corner!
Polar Express Train Ride
Location: St. Louis Union Station, 1820 Market Street, Saint Louis, MO 63103 Phone: 314-621-5262
Dates: November 20 through December 30, 2020
Website: Polar Express Train Ride
Since 1985, the book The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg has been enchanting children with the story of the magical Christmas train. In 2004, the book was brought to life in a wonderful movie starring Tom Hanks and if your family is anything like mine, that movie is a “must-see” every year around Christmas.
So, when I found out that you can actually go to the Saint Louis Union Station in Saint Louis, MO, and ride the Polar Express (!!!), I just about popped something. But it’s right there – that beautiful train and the magical golden tickets and everything else. And you have many opportunities to book your own enchanting ride on The Polar Express between now and December 30th! So what are you waiting for?
Brewery Lights Drive-Thru
Location: 12th and Lynch Street, Saint Louis, MO Phone: 314-577-2626
Dates: Friday-Sunday from November 27 through December 27, 2021
Website: Anheuser Bush Brewery Lights Drive-Thru
Normally, the beautiful Brewery Lights at Anheuser-Busch is an event made for walking. But this year, all that beauty can be experienced from the safety of your car. Because Brewery Lights have gone “Drive-Thru”!
Just show up between 5 pm and 9 pm between Thursday and Sunday from now through December 27th and enjoy the beautiful lights for FREE!
Bonus: Show up with a food donation for the local Food Bank and get a $100 promo code for a Keurig Drinkworks Home Bar!
Old World Christmas in Hermann, MO
Location: Hermann, Missouri Phone: 573-486-5400
Dates: November 17 through December 24, 2020
Website: Hermann, MO for Christmas
Located about halfway between Columbia, MO and St. Louis, Hermann, MO is a picturesque village in the heart of the wine country. The small town has a population of fewer than 3000 people, but it is a popular tourist destination visited by many people throughout the year. Known for wonderful vineyards and German heritage, Hermann, MO has much to offer – especially during the holidays.
Hermann kicks off the festivities with a traditional German Christmas market. Enjoy warm food and mulled wine as you shop for Christmas goodies and listen to carolers sing. Tour the Historic Hermann Museum, attend a traditional 19th-century German Christmas celebration, take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, and so much more. The folks in Hermann, MO love to share their love of Christmas with every visitor who comes to call!
(Be sure to check the calendar to see what is going on each day, as many events have been canceled in 2020 due to Covid.)
Missouri Botanical Garden – Garden Glow (And More!)
Location: Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd, Saint Louis, MO Phone: 314-577-5100
Dates: November 11, 2020 through January 2, 2021
Website: Missouri Botanical Garden-Garden Glow (And More!)
There is so much going on for Christmas at the Missouri Botanical Garden, you really need to keep a schedule handy. Train lovers will enjoy the Gardenland express which features beautiful G-Scale trains traveling through enchanting holiday landscapes. Bid on a wreath at the holiday Wreath Auction, participate in traditional holiday celebrations, or bask in the stunning beauty of Garden Glow as you walk through the Botanical Garden taking in the decorations while enjoying food, drink, and live entertainment. At the Missouri Botanical Garden, you’re sure to feel the magic of Christmas in Missouri!
Christmas Traditions – St. Charles, MO
Location: Various locations around St. Charles
Dates: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from November 27, 2020 through December 24, 2020.
Website: Christmas Traditions
Located on the outskirts of Saint Louis, St. Charles, MO is rather easy to overlook as just a “suburb” – an extension of the big city. But Saint Charles is so much more, and nothing shows that more spectacularly than their month-long Christmas Traditions event. Enjoy beautiful decorations and a festive environment every day during the holidays. But on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, the Christmas magic is maximized through a series of wonderful events.
The Santa Parade is sure to be a favorite with the kids. And if you’re looking for something a little more peaceful, you can relax and listen to a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” or watch an interactive presentation of “A Christmas Carol”. But that’s only the beginning! Be sure to check out their website to see all of the great events they have planned. When you’re looking for a magical Christmas in Missouri, Saint Charles is a great place to go!
A Spectacular Christmas Show at Crown Center, Kansas City, MO
Location: Streaming Online
Dates: December 10-21, 2020
Website: A Spectacular Christmas Show at Crown Center
Sometimes there is nothing more magical than some musical theater for the holidays. And at the Crown Center in Kansas City, you can take in “A Spectacular Christmas Show” throughout the month of December. This “Spectacular Christmas Show” is filled with show tunes, dancing, and more. Get your fill of Christmas spirit with this truly “Spectacular” event – and for 2020, the whole thing is available online!
Jackson County’s Christmas in the Park
Location: Frank White Jr., Softball Complex, 3901 SW Longview Road, Lee’s Summit, MO Phone: 816-503-4800
Dates: November 25 through December 31, 2020
Website: Jackson County’s Christmas in the Park
If you’re wanting to see some amazing Christmas Lights in the Kansas City area, head over to the Frank White Jr. Softball Complex in Lee’s Summit for the annual Christmas in the Park. This gorgeous event has been going on for 33 years and is completely free, although donations are happily accepted! Enjoy animated displays with over 500,000 Christmas Lights and 175 animated displays – all while supporting 35 local charities in the process. What could be more magical than that?
Victorian Festival in Hannibal, MO
Location: Main Street, Hannibal, MO Phone: 573-221-2477
Dates: November 28 through December 24, 2020
Website: Victorian Festival in Hannibal, MO
From November 28th to December 24th, there are all kinds of wonderful things to enjoy at the Victorian Festival in Hannibal, Missouri. Walk through this picturesque town, enjoying the view of all the Christmas lights. Listen to live music, visit Santa, watch the beautiful “Living Windows” displays in the store windows downtown, and make sure you catch the Christmas Parade, too. If you want a good taste of all the joys of a small-town Christmas celebration, Hannibal, Missouri is a great place to be!
Santa’s Magical Kingdom, Eureka, MO
Location: Santa’s Magical Kingdom, Fox Creek Road, Eureka, MO – Phone: 1-636-938-5925
Dates: November 20, 2020 through January 10, 2021
Website: Santa’s Magical Kingdom in Eureka, MO
You can see the lights of Santa’s Magical Kingdom from Interstate-44, just a bit southwest of Saint Louis, MO. Not far from Six Flags and right next to Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, Santa’s Magical Kingdom is a wonder to behold when you see it from afar. And the closer you get, the bigger and brighter it all becomes.
Who needs to go to the North Pole to see Santa when you can take your kids to Santa’s other home, right in the heart of Missouri? The light displays alone will fill you with the Christmas spirit. But when you see the store, enjoy a ride on the train, or get your pictures taken with Santa, you’ll know that you are creating magical memories that will last for years to come.
When it comes to Christmas in Missouri, there is a lot going on. This list barely scratches the surface of all the Christmas cheer to be found in every corner of the state. So if you are looking to enjoy the wonder of Christmas you experienced as a child, you might just find it in Missouri!