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Visiting St. Louis in December

Sadia Nazar2023-12-04

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In December, St. Louis welcomes you with enchantment, festive cheer, and a coziness that defies cool temperatures. The Gateway transfers you into a holiday haven adorned with lights, cultural festivities, and outdoor adventures. Discover the wonders of St. Louis in December, where every corner tells a story, events ignite joy, and landmarks exhibit seasonal magic. Embrace the holiday spirit with an unforgettable winter escape!

Is December a good time to visit St. Louis?

Absolutely! December is the perfect time to visit St. Louis! The city comes alive with holiday spirit, cultural activities, and a cozy winter vibe. You can wander the streets at night, check out the decorations, and participate in the holiday activities. St. Louis is a magical place to visit in December!

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St. Louis December Weather:

December brings cold yet manageable weather with daytime temperatures averaging in the mid-40s and nighttime temperatures in the mid-20s. Despite the cold, it is an ideal time to enjoy the city's renowned hot chocolate or to visit indoor/outdoor attractions. While snow may be possible, it is not guaranteed, providing an opportunity to witness festive sights.

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Reasons to visit St. Louis in December?

Festive Atmosphere:

December is a time to celebrate the joyous holiday season. The city is illuminated by festive decorations, creating a festive atmosphere. St. Louis buzzes with holiday excitement. The sparkling lights add warmth to chilly nights, turning the city into a festive playground.

Fewer Crowd:

Compared to the hectic summer season, December offers a more laid-back atmosphere, allowing tourists to explore the city without the usual hustle and bustle. The tranquil atmosphere allows you to truly immerse yourself in the beauty of St. Louis, taking in the sights, neighborhoods, and unique experiences.

Enchanting Holiday Events:

Experience the magic of the holidays with numerous events and fun activities. Enjoy the stunning sights and sounds of the Christmas Parade in St. Louis, with its beautiful floats, colorful marching bands, and fun characters. Listen to the holiday carols or enjoy the holiday spirit at Downtown St. Louis’ Holiday Market.

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Things to do in St. Louis in December:

Engage in New Year's Eve Celebrations: 

Enjoy the New Year magnificently with a New Year's Day event at Union Station, featuring live music, lighting ceremonies, firework displays, and views of downtown St. Louis. It's an unforgettable experience at one of the city's most iconic landmarks.

Enjoy Family-Friendly Activities: 

December is the perfect time to create lasting memories with your family. Check out the magical Magic House, an enchanting children’s museum, or take in the stunning views from the St. Louis wheel at Union Station.

Enjoy Ice Skating:

Experience the joy of ice skating at the Steinberg Skating Rink. Located in the tranquil Forest Park, this rink is a popular destination for locals and visitors. You can glide across the ice and take in the beauty of this winter wonderland.

Embark on a Polar Express Adventure:

Witness the enchantment of The Polar Express Train Ride! Fill the train with holiday cheer, warm up with hot cocoa, and travel through the winter wonderland. Santa Claus will be there to greet you and spread the joy of Christmas. This celebration of Christmas, featuring storytelling, caroling, and the magic of believing, is a cherished tradition that creates unforgettable memories.

Explore the Gateway Arch National Park:

Gateway Arch National Park is a renowned landmark in St. Louis. Explore its historical importance, ascend to its highest point for breathtaking views of the city, and visit the museum at its base to discover the history. Immerse yourself in a journey through time!

Go for Shopping:

Discover festive shopping in St. Louis this December. Explore boutiques in St. Louis Union Station and enjoy holiday cheer. For upscale finds, visit the stylish boutiques in Central West End or opt for a traditional mall experience at St. Louis Galleria. Enjoy a variety of unique options to embrace the holiday spirit.

Visit St. Louis Art Museum:

Museums in December provide an enjoyable cultural experience! St. Visitors can explore masterpieces by artists and enjoy the architectural beauty of the museum. Special exhibits or events may also be held during the holiday season, allowing visitors to experience the artistic diversity of St. Louis.

Savor Culinary Delights:

Feast your taste buds with holiday treats and treats. Visit local bakeries to sample the delectable gingerbread houses or peppermint bark. Additionally, make the most of the festive season by dining at one of the renowned restaurants in St. Louis.

Enjoy Holiday-themed Shows:

Enjoy the magical world of holiday shows! It's an ideal way to embrace the festive season. Whether at the fabulous Fox Theatre or the St Louis Symphony Orchestra, these shows promise a magical experience.

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Events in St. Louis in December?

Missouri Botanical Garden Winter Wonderland:

Experience the magic of the Winter Wonderland at Missouri Botanical Garden! The Garden transforms into a magical Christmas wonderland of lights, music, and holiday cheer.

St. Louis Christmas Parade: 

Experience the magic of the Christmas Parade in St. Louis, a holiday tradition that has been around for generations. Watch as the colorful floats, marching bands, and fun-loving characters make their way through the heart of downtown St. Louis.

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Does it snow in St. Louis in December?

December in St. Louis typically sees light to moderate snowfall, creating a magical winter wonderland. It’s the perfect destination for those seeking a touch of winter magic without the harsh conditions. The city has implemented measures to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for visitors during winter.

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Final Thoughts:

December in St. Louis transforms into a festive city with holiday cheer, distinctive events, and picturesque winter landscapes. Experience the undeniable charm of winter by strolling through streets, joining events, and soaking in the seasonal ambiance. Enhance your experience with a guided tour from Tripshepherd, uncovering the festive magic of St. Louis in December.

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