Ask any adult to tell you about Christmas, and they'll start by saying "We always…" You will rarely hear anyone mention a gift they received.
It's the traditions and events that matter, not the gifts. This year, why not let go of worrying over what you'll buy your kids and how you'll pay for it. This year, put your time and energy into spending time with your family, instead of spending money on them.
St. Charles Christmas Traditions
St. Charles, MO 63301
Stroll along the historic Main Street under the gas lamps, chat with Santas from different countries and historical periods, meet characters from Dickens' A Christmas Carol, listen to live carolers and buy some freshly roasted chestnuts to nibble on. The charmingly decorated shops stay open into the evening, and there are restaurants galore to choose from. Visit the website or call to find a hotel or bed & breakfast for an enchanting holiday getaway. The festivities last all season long, with special events on some weekend dates.
Christmas in Kimmswick
Kimmswick also decks out for an old-timey holiday, but the event is just one weekend. This year Christmas in Kimmswick will take place December 6, 7 & 8. The town will offer horse-drawn carriages, luminaria-lit streets, decorated shops, and a Mrs. Claus Workshop where the kids can decorate a cookie and make Christmas crafts. There's even a live nativity scene. Visit the website or call to fiind lodging for the weekend.
An Old-Fashioned German Christmas In Maeystown
The first Sunday in December (December 1 this year) is the citywide holiday celebration in the historic German village of Maeystown. The day is made festive with strolling brass bands, carriage rides, carollers, snacks, visits with St. Nick, and the lighting of the village Christmas tree. The Corner George Inn is the primary lodging for the village, but if there's no room at the Inn, you can just spend the day in town.
Way of Lights
National Shrine of Our Lady Of The Snows
442 S. DeMazenod
Belleville, IL 62223
The Shrine's Way of Lights is a holiday icon in the St. Louis area. Millions of twinkling white lights create the story of the season, complete with wise men, angels, and a beatiful nativity scene in an outdoor grotto. Be sure to get out of your car at the visitor's center! Outside, enjoy hot chocolate, a petting zoo, camel rides. Inside, you'll see a display of Christmas trees and enjoy live entertainment like puppet shows, carolers, and more.
Branson's Ozark Mountain Christmas
Branson is a terrific family or couples destination at holiday time. Book a weekend stay in a cabin, hotel or spa and choose from a multitude of holiday-themed shows. Shop til you drop at the nearby outlet malls, and save on brand-name and designer gifts for the whole family. Tip: Want to make your kids really happy? Book a hotel with an indoor pool to give them a real winter treat!