If you're looking for a more...cultural...way to celebrate the arrival of 2014 check out First Night St. Louis! This family friendly party is all about the arts and not about the booze. In fact, they don't even sell the stuff. (Great for families, bad for booze hounds.)
First Night is set around Grand Center--the city's arts and culture core. You'll find plenty of live music, dancers, magicians, jugglers, comedians, ice carvers and artists galore. The party is inside and out, so bundle up! Indoor venues are SLU's Busch Student Center, the Kranzberg Arts Center, Saint Francis Xavier College Church, the Scottish Rite Auditorium, the Sheldon Concert Hall and the Third Baptist Church.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids if you pick up your button in advance (All Dierbergs/Some Schnucks/All Straubs) or a couple bucks more if you buy the button on site. Kids 5 and under are free either way. Admission includes access to the kid crafts and a complementary photo booth.
Speaking of free, you don't need to pay admission if you just wander the outside areas! Of course, you won't get to warm up...but if you just want to soak up some fun atmosphere and fireworks, this might be a good option for you. Fireworks will be shot off from the roof of a SLU parking garage located at Lindell and Compton.
There will be food vendors on site and neighboring restaurants will be open.