You're coming to Missouri for the holidays and looking for fun activities for your friends and family. What luck! Missouri has a great variety of holiday fun just waiting for you.
Start your holiday trip by selecting a cedar, white pine or Scotch pine tree from the fields at Meier Horse Shoe Pines in Jackson. Belgian horses will haul a sled out to the fields so you can cut your own tree without having to worry about lugging it back. The farm has two fields with 14 acres of trees and boasts about 1,000 trees per acre! There’s also a Christmas shop where gifts, decorations and wreaths are sold.
Speaking of shopping, do you still need a great handmade gift for someone? Visit Jamesport, which is home to the largest Old Order Amish settlement west of the Mississippi River. Jamesport has a great selection of gifts you won’t find on the shelves at your local big-box retailer. Handcrafted goods – from baskets to buggies – are available in this charming town. You'll also want to visit the bakeries for homemade goodies.
When you visit the St. Louis area this holiday season, spend a day at Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park. Enjoy an outing on the ice with family and friends and take in all the sights of Forest Park. Out-of-towners will be wowed by all there is to see and do in this expanse, which is home to the Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum and the Saint Louis Zoo.
Oh, and if ice skating outdoors is your thing, Missouri has you covered. One of the newest outdoor ice rinks in Missouri is found at The Lodge at Old Kinderhook in Camdenton. The rink is open Thursdays through Sundays (in season) and hosts special nighttime and daytime activities. Your visit to The Ice at Old Kinderhook might include a stay in the lodge, meals at the on-site restaurant, and a relaxing treatment at The Spa at Old Kinderhook.
In southwest Missouri, the Precious Moments Chapel and Gardens are a must-see during the holiday season. Why? This truly is a unique destination: It's the world's only Precious Moments Chapel and Garden. The entire complex is a work of art, crafted by Precious Moments creator Samuel J. Butcher. The Chapel features 84 hand-painted murals depicting Bible stories, 30 stained-glass windows and intricately designed gates, doors and bronze work. The world's largest Precious Moments gift shop is on-site, offering figurines, apparel and accessories.
That's just a quick look at some of the fun sights and activities happening in Missouri this holiday season. Learn more back on the VisitMO.com home page and check out our Trip Ideas to help plan your holiday getaway.