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Issue: 1165 Date: 12/20/2012
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12 Great Things About The Holidays In And Around St. Louis

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Wild Lights at the St. Louis Zoo.
        Just like many other news outlets in the world today, we just couldn't let this notable calendar event (12/12/12) go by without at least one reference to the number of the day.

        So, in honor of the date, the season, and our interest in your opinions, we present this list of 12 awesome things about this time of year in the St. Louis region. All of the items on the list were submitted to us via Facebook and Twitter.

        What do you think of the things included here? Is your favorite thing missing? Do you have photos of any of these things or others? Share with us in the comments, on Facebook, or on Twitter with the hashtag #holidaystl.

        Without further ado, the list (in no particular order):

        * Wild Lights at the St. Louis Zoo

        From Nov. 23- Dec. 23 the Zoo comes alive even more than usual - and who doesn't love penguins in light-sculpture form?

        * Skating at Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park

        It's the "largest outdoor ice skating rink in the Midwest," and it's in St. Louis' Forest Park. It's even open on holidays.

        * Candy Cane Lane

        This part of south St. Louis REALLY enjoys putting up Christmas lights. We'll leave it at that and let you discover the rest. Find the drive-through experience on the 6500 block of Murdoch.

        * The Lafayette Square Holiday Parlor Tour

        Historical homes in the Lafayette Square neighborhood of St. Louis open their doors for tours. Unfortunately, this has already occurred this year on Dec. 9 and 10. More information.

        * Schlafly Christmas Ale

        It's Christmas. It's Ale. It's from local brewer Schlafly. The brewer describes the stuff as "a warming winter ale that blends the spices of the season with sweet caramel malt. Orange peel, juniper berries, ginger root, cardamom and cloves are added for spiciness."

        * The Way of Lights at The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville

        Over 1 million lights and a laser light show - completely free to visit.

        * Main Street in St. Charles

        The people who submitted this as one of their favorite things cited the people in Victorian period dress, carolers and the roasted chestnuts for sale - along with shopping along the historic streets of St. Charles.

        * Solstice Sunrise at Cahokia Mounds

        On Dec. 23 this year, a holiday gathering of a different sort will occur at the ancient Cahokia Mounds in southern Illinois. Early risers can meet at the reconstructed "Woodhenge" to explore the significance of the post circular calendar.

        * Grinchmas on South Grand Ave.

        The event at MoKaBe's Coffee House on South Grand on Dec. 8 this year benefited Shriners Hospital for Children.

        * Carriage Rides in Tilles Park in St. Louis County

        Part of the "Winter Wonderland" display put on by St. Louis County, horse-drawn carriage rides can take you through it all in the open air.

        * The Bow on the McDonnell Planetarium

        A massive symbol of the season visible from many vantage points near Forest Park. The planetarium is part of the St. Louis Science Center.

        * Gardenland Express Flower and Train Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden

        Model trains traveling over 900 feet of tracks surrounded by thousands of fresh flowers and plants.



The installation of the bow at the McDonnell Planetarium on Nov. 17, 2011. The now famous red ribbon that decorates the Planetarium each holiday season was actually instigated as a prank by Washington University students in 1966.

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