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The National Park Service presents the sights and sounds of winters past. At the free annual series, the Old Courthouse Rotunda is decked in authentic Victorian décor. Guests are invited to experience holiday music, food and dancing from eras in St. Louis history.
At the two holiday balls, volunteers in period clothing demonstrate how early St. Louisans celebrated the holiday season. Guests learn about foods, music and dancing common to holidays. On select Wednesdays, the Old Courthouse hosts concerts featuring lunchtime performances.
Historic Holiday Traditions at the Old Courthouse Kick-off Concerts
Historic Holiday Traditions at the Old Courthouse Free Concert Series
St. Louis Holiday Historic House Tour
1864 St. Louis Holiday Ball at the Old Courthouse
1764 Twelfth Afternoon Ball at the Old Courthouse
The Historic Holiday Traditions events at the Old Courthouse take place on the above-listed dates ONLY.
Picture yourself inside a Norman Rockwell Christmas painting. That’s exactly how you’ll feel as more than 1,500 glowing luminaries welcomes you to the sights, sounds and smells of ‘Christmas Yesteryear’ in charming Augusta. The town has pulled out all the stops and is ready to welcome visitors, young and old, from near and far, to create holiday memories.
Among many other activities and attractions, you can: visit Santa Claus in the Olde Wine Hall; shop our quaint businesses; settle under a blanket and enjoy a leisurely horse-drawn carriage ride; warm yourself ‘round a bonfire and savor freshly-roasted chestnuts; enjoy caroling in the historic church; and enter the town scavenger hunt with prizes.
Please monitor our website for the details.
The glow of candlelight fills the first legislative chambers as musicians perform traditional songs native to Missouri and the Midwest to get you in the holiday spirit.
Tickets: $10; sales begin Nov. 28.
Your visit to the Bingham-Waggoner Estate begins in the Carriage House Boutique, where you find lovely gifts. Relax in the third-floor tea room, enjoying music, cookies, hot spiced tea and coffee. We look forward to proudly sharing our Christmas event with you.
The Twilight Evening (Dec. 7, 4 p.m.-7 p.m.) is an opportunity to stroll at your leisure, enjoying light refreshments and live music, while chatting with your friends, family and our talented decorators.
Closed Dec. 23, 24 and 25.
Join professional folk musicians Cathy Barton, Dave Para and friends at the Arrow Rock Federated Church, as they usher in the season with a variety of Christmas folk songs. Cathy and Dave have brought this event to Arrow Rock for more than thirty years. Free will offering at the door.
Visit with costumed interpreters as you stroll along lantern lit paths to the Watkins family home, where you will be greeted by the smell of hot apple cider and the sound of Christmas carols. Enjoy free samples of traditional treats, flaming of the plum puddings, reading of the family letters and a visit with Father Christmas.
Activities at the visitor center will include kids' crafts and live holiday music. This event is free of charge and the Watkins home is open for the duration of the event. For more information, contact the historic site.
Welcome to a place where Christmas past and present become one. A place where storybook characters come to life before your very eyes. A place where the typical hustle and bustle of the holiday season melts away, and allows you to enjoy the yuletide sights, sounds and magic of yesteryear. Welcome to Historic Saint Charles, Missouri and Christmas Traditions!
This annual month-long festival celebrates the best of the holiday season.
Close your eyes and listen to the sounds of holiday music from the Victorian Carolers and the fife and drum corps.
Experience the unique shopping and dining opportunities found along the festively decorated brick-lined streets.
Take in the scent of roasting chestnuts.
Capture in your mind a time in America when life was simpler and Christmas was elegant and magical.
Christmas Traditions offers something special for everyone. And with 2014 marking the 40th anniversary of this favorite holiday tradition, there has never been more to experience!
The Columbia Handbell Ensemble, headquartered in Columbis, Missouri, travels to hermann for this Christmas concert at St. George Church. The group performa on sets of five-octave handbells and chimes. Their aim is to promote the excellence of music through the media of handbells.
Come visit St. George Church for the Handbell Ensemble and the Rectory Christmas decoration tours.
This festival is centered at the 1923 Scottish Rite Cathedral, listed on the National Register of Historic Places; the 1898 John Wise Mansion, listed as a local historic landmark; and Joplin’s historic residential district.
The event kicks off Friday, with a grand reception which includes: hors d’ oeuvre; drinks; entertainers; tours of the historic Cathedral. Reception tickets: $15; available online and at the door.
Saturday and Sunday events are free, but donations are greatly accepted. Enjoy a large variety of activities and musical performances, including pipe-organ concerts on the original Moeller organ, with pipes that tower over the auditorium; it is one of only four of its kind installed west of the Mississippi River. Visit our website for details and schedules.
DickensFest features: theatrical presentations; winter lights; costumed Dickens characters; food; crafts and arts; a “Carol-okee” stage; live nativity; a petting zoo; Santa and Mrs. Claus; face painting; balloon art; magicians; Father Christmas; horse-drawn carriage rides; and trackless train rides. Guests are encouraged to wear 1840s costumes; see the ‘guidelines’ page of our website for rules.
Kick up the yuletide spirit with a family walk through the Gardens aglow with the light of hundreds of luminaria. Listen to holiday music in both the Visitor Center and Marjorie Powell Allen Chapel.
Performers include Startlight STARS of Tomorrow and String Theory on Saturday, and the Warrensburg Recorder Consort and Melissande String Trio on Sunday.
Enjoy complimentary cocoa, cookies and s'mores while supplies last. Additional food and drink will be available for purchase. See details at powellgardens.org/LuminaryWalk.
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