Celebrate 2013 and Ring In 2014


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holiday activities , Holiday Events , family activities , family entertainment , outdoors
Almost the New Year
Author: H&L Partners
Want to travel to the past before the end of the year? Missouri cities set the stage for Christmases past and present. Celebrate the season and New Year’s Eve with some Show-Me flair.

Beside the Missouri River, St. Charles transforms its quaint streets into Christmas past. Christmas Legends and Santas from around the world, dressed in hand-crafted clothing, stroll Main Street and pass out trading cards. The annual Christmas Traditions Festival (Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and December 24), offers a vast variety of family activities. Enjoy the carolers and peruse the artisan shops, which stay open late (except Sundays). On opening day, plus each Saturday and Sunday, at 1:30 p.m., the Santa Parade is led by Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Lewis and Clark Fife and Drum Corps, to the delight of kids and adults alike. There is so much to do, you’ll never want these traditions to end.

Hannibal knows how to have a historic Christmas – complete with Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher. Hannibal’s Hometown Christmas is something special for the whole family. Take a picture with Tom and Becky and listen to a reading of “A Letter from St. Nick” – the letter Samuel Clemons wrote to his daughters. Enjoy the Living Windows as you continue your holiday shopping. Circle December 14 on your calendar for this one-day event.

December 14 is also an exciting day at the Lake of the Ozarks. The Christmas Parade kicks off at 1 p.m., rolling along Bagnell Dam Boulevard to the dam. See Santa, Mrs. Claus and their red sleigh pulled by "Casper," a semi-truck covered in more than 2,000 lights. Marching bands, Shriners, the Corvette Car Club and many more groups entertain the crowd. After the parade, take your picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy a stocking filled with treats. For more holiday happenings and events at the Lake, check this VisitMO Blog Entry.  

A 250-year-old tradition marks the New Year in Ste. Genevieve. Time-travel to old world France and celebrate La Guiannée. Similar to the English tradition of Wassailing, revelers wander the streets of Ste. Genevieve’s Historic District singing a beggars’ song, looking for favors. Join the fun in the streets, or watch from a cozy cafe or pub.

First Night Columbia has a new name – Columbia Eve Fest. Celebrate the New Year, block-party style,
in downtown Columbia, on 9th Street, between Elm and Locust. Six venues host the evening’s entertainment; the Children’s Finale and the Grand Finale are held in a nearby outdoor venue. Sign up for the 5k run/walk, which starts at 19 South 6th Street (in front of the Cyclextreme bicycle shop) at 4 p.m. Other activities are detailed on their website. This is an alcohol-free event.

In St Louis, skate the night away at Steinberg Skating Rink, located in Forest Park. Every year the rink puts on a New Year’s Eve Celebration complete with hot chocolate, ice skating and plenty of hot appetizers. Afterwards, go downtown to Grand Center and enjoy First Night St. Louis. Watch a traveling circus as they ring in the New Year. There are many family friendly activities planned.

A new tradition starts this year in Kansas City. Eve 2013 at the Kauffman Center is planned to be for KC what the Time Square Ball Drop is for New York.
A variety of ticket packages are available – all packages include the Quixotic Midnight Spectacle, a champagne toast and fireworks.  

Enjoy the “now,” but always keep looking forward. New adventures are just over the horizon, in 2014. Missouri . . . Enjoy the Show.

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