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Picture yourself inside a Norman Rockwell Christmas painting! That’s exactly how you’ll feel as a corridor of over 1500 glowing luminaries welcomes you to the sights, sounds and smells of ‘Christmas yesteryear’ in charming Augusta, Missouri. 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 to cherish during their 32nd Candlelight Christmas Walk December 5 and 12.
If you are looking to experience the spirit of an old-fashioned ‘Norman Rockwell-feeling’ Christmas, you’ll find it this season in historic Augusta, Missouri. Visit with Santa Claus in the Olde Wine Hall! Settle under a blanket and enjoy a leisurely horse-drawn carriage ride through the crisp winter air, then warm yourself ‘round the bonfire at the old town square while savoring freshly-roasted chestnuts. Afterwards, enjoy Christmas caroling in the historic church. There will be a town scavenger hunt with prizes.
Are you a serious shopper? See the artisans and crafters at the Visitor Center, then hop on board the free antique trolley and be gently whisked to the doorsteps of our shops and galleries showcasing unique & distinctive gift ideas including hand-blown glass, paintings, and jewelry … just in time for the season of giving.”
Enjoy delicious food and holiday spirits at local restaurants, wineries, brewery and churches. If music and dancing is your thing, come to Mount Pleasant Winery.
Start your holiday traditions with us in beautiful Augusta; get away from the hustle and bustle by staying at one of our charming Bed & Breakfasts …and so much more to get you into the holiday spirit.
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"Christmas All Wrapped Up" is the theme for Christmas at the Bingham-Waggoner Estate. The Christmas season begins Friday, Nov. 28 and continues daily through Dec. 30 (closed Dec. 23-25). Walk-through tours are offered Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
We will present the Twilight Evening on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Twilight Evening gives you the opportunity to stroll at your leisure, enjoying light refreshments and live music while chatting with your friends, family and our talented decorators.
Your visit to the Bingham-Waggoner Estate begins in the Carriage House Boutique where you find lovely gifts for yourself or someone special. You may wish to relax in the third-floor tea room, enjoying music, cookies and hot spiced tea or coffee. We look forward to proudly sharing our Christmas event with you!
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.
The Columbia Handbell Ensemble charter is to promote the excellence of music through the media of handbells. CHE is a member of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers (AGHER) and is a community-based auditioned choir. Come visit St. George Church for the Handbell Ensemble and the Rectory Christmas decoration tours.
A Jefferson City tradition for almost 20 years, Living Windows takes place downtown where storefronts and windows come alive with dancers, singers, religious and holiday themes. Hayrides wind their way through the streets and Santa Claus makes his yearly visit to Hawthorn Bank. More than 50 groups participate and fill High Street from Jefferson to Adams for more than three blocks of entertainment. Enjoy refreshments, listen to carolers and watch performances sharing the holiday spirit.
Join us after dark for a hayride tour around Faust Park, and then wander through candlelit historic homes, where storytellers await to share spooky stories. Warm up with a bonfire as you listen to live music.
Three hayrides are scheduled per night at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 pm. Tickets are $10 per person and must be purchased in advance.
Begin your Christmas season with an unforgettable new family tradition Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 4-6 at the Racine Christian Church. Travel back in time to first century Israel to experience the original Christmas story, the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, at “Journey to Bethlehem.” Doors are open to the public from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., with guests seated on a first-come, first-served basis. 'Journey' trail tours begin at 6 p.m., departing every few minutes throughout the evening and continuing until the last guest is served. Admission is Free.
The “'Journey” begins with a live stage production in the auditorium, featuring a dazzling ensemble of talent. For the second leg, join a small group of fellow travelers on the outdoor trail for an incredible, live, interactive theatre experience. Trek from the tiny Galilean hamlet of Nazareth to the distant town of Bethlehem in Southern Judea to enroll and be counted in the Roman census (the trek is about a half-mile or 45 minutes).
Along the way your family group will encounter fellow travelers, local residents, camels, Roman cavalry, shepherds, radical revolutionaries, and more. Guests are encouraged to participate by interacting with characters. Your “Journey” will conclude with a heart-warming scene in a stable with a newborn baby and a message of hope. Refreshments follow.
“Journey to Bethlehem” takes place on the campus of Racine Christian Church, located a half mile west of Racine in southwest Missouri, about 15 minutes south of I-44 on Route 86. Parking is limited so ride sharing is encouraged. Dress for the weather with comfortable walking shoes.
Visit the Felix Valle House State Historic Site for the annual celebration highlighting the music, customs and crafts of an early French Colonial Christmas. Le Réveillon features costumed guides who explain the Christmas customs of the early 1800s. The event includes traditional foods of the period, along with refreshments and traditional music.
Ring in the official start of the holiday season at this family-oriented event. Join the Mayor in counting down to the illumination of a huge tree in the City Hall Rotunda in O’Fallon, hear live choral music, visit with Santa (be sure to bring your camera and capture the moment), play holiday games, make holiday crafts, ride the City Train (weather permitting), and more.
Vendors will have holiday-themed decorations and hand-made gifts for sale. Concessions will be available for purchase.
Admission is free, but donations of canned or boxed goods and personal care items are requested for local food pantries. A limited number of commemorative City of O’Fallon ornaments will be given to families who donate.
For general information call 636-379-5614.
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