5 Family-Friendly Holidays Events in the St. Louis Area

December is a month we’ve all been waiting for! Festive lights around town, gifts wrapped in pretty bows, and hot chocolate sipping make this time of year extra special.

Check out these local family-friendly holiday events that everyone will enjoy.


Candy Cane Hunt

December 4, 2021 at 4pm

We’re all familiar with hunting for Easter eggs, but what about hunting for candy canes?

Don’t miss out on the Candy Cane Hunt in Central Park! Hunt down all the candy canes for the holiday season. The hunt ends when all the candy canes are found.

Each age group will have their own areas for the hunt. A special holiday guest will walk around to help candy cane hunters. After the Candy Cane Hunt, stay for crafts and the first annual Holiday Tree Lighting.

Learn more about this event here.


Skate with Santa

December 5, 2021 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm

It wouldn’t be the holiday season without ice skating. Add Santa to the mix and you’ve got a holiday event to remember!

Join Santa Claus as he preps for all those cookies with a little cardio. You will skate side-by-side with Santa, providing children an opportunity to pass along their holiday wish list and take photos with him. There will also be holiday music and festive holiday décor. Cost includes admission and skate rental.

Learn more about this event here.


Pull Up On Santa!

December 11, 2021 from 4pm to 9pm

Photos with Santa Claus is a tradition that kids look forward to each December, but the long waiting longs can be difficult for little ones. Well, we’ve got great news!

Santa Claus is coming to town; specifically, he’ll be at your local Jennings studio. Reserve a time and start thinking about your favorite holiday poses. You’ll receive two 4×6” poses with Santa for the special price of just $30.

Learn more about this event here.


Witty Kids Holiday Event & Book Signing

December 18, 2021 from 11am to 4pm

What does the holiday season plus books have in common? The 3rd Annual Witty Kids Holiday event celebrates literacy and family.

Children of all ages are welcome to join us and receive holiday-themed activity packets, meet the author of the Witty Kids book, gather for storytime, and shop with local vendors.

Activities include:

● Holiday-themed arts and craft packets

● Book signing

● Face painting

● Children’s and family-focused vendors

● Hot chocolate and treats

Learn more about this event here.


Breakfast with Santa

Multiple Dates

Enjoy pancakes and syrup with Santa Claus at the Hotel Saint Louis. Multiple dates and times are available to fit your busy holiday schedule.

Learn more about this event here.

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