What to Do in St. Louis This Weekend

 In City Guide, Culture

This weekend’s events roundup provides several last-minute shopping opportunities to round out your holiday gift lists, the final performances of a seasonal classic, a must-see lineup of local bands and more. Read on for an assortment of festive pop-up shops and holiday-themed shows in St. Louis.

“Naughty or Nice” Holiday Bash

Off Broadway hosts a special evening of local music this Thursday, featuring bands Little Cowboy, LéPonds, New Mayans and Cherokee Moon. Snag a ticket in advance for $2 off the show price, or come in your best ugly holiday sweater for $5 off at the door.

When: Dec. 20 at 8 p.m.
Where: Off Broadway
Price: $10

1220 Day at Planter’s House

We love 4 Hands Brewing Co. all the more after the launch of their 1220 Artisan Spirits distillery. On Thursday, sample their classic Origin and their new Barrel Reserve Gin at Planter’s House in Lafayette Square, one of St. Louis’ most iconic and creative cocktail bars. Enjoy buffet-style snacks, and stay late for 1220 specialty drinks all evening.

When: Dec. 20 from 5-8 p.m.
Where: Planter’s House
Price: Free entry

Fable & Lore Open Studio + Pop-Up

Get some last-minute holiday shopping done and mingle with a Thai curry puff in hand at Fable & Lore’s fourth annual holiday open studio and pop-up at the shop in Dogtown. Shop handmade jewelry and gifts, check out the new Sun Temple collection, and take advantage of free gift wrapping.

When: Dec. 20 from 6-9 p.m.
Where: Fable & Lore
Price: Free entry


The Nutcracker presented by Saint Louis Ballet

The Saint Louis Ballet’s artistic rendition of “The Nutcracker” continues this weekend at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on UMSL’s campus. Be sure to catch this holiday classic during its last performances, running through Dec. 23.

When: Now through Dec. 23
Where: Touhill Performing Arts Center
Price: Varies

Third Friday Holiday Express

This month’s Third Friday at Third Degree Glass Factory comes with a festive twist, with opportunities to purchase gifts from local artists, browse the 2018 Signature Ornament collection and make your own glass art. Taste local bites from Seed Sprout Spoon, sip on boozy or classic hot chocolate, see Celia perform her “Yuletide Express” at 7:30 p.m. and enjoy a fiery performance on the patio at 8:30 p.m. Be sure to head across the street for a maker market at the new makerspace MADE.

When: Dec. 21 at 6 p.m.
Where: Third Degree Glass Factory
Price: Free admission


The Strange Folk Festival presents the final weekend of Wundermarket and Snow Queen’s Cottage in Das Bevo’s Biergarten in South City. The event draws a host of independent vendors each weekend to offer hundreds of unique items. At the windmill, warm your palms by the fire pit, choose from a variety of hot beverages, tell Santa what you’d like for Christmas and shop from vendors like Pixie9 Vintage, That’s Some Good Shea, Debdragonfly Studio and more.

When: Dec. 22 from noon-8 p.m., Dec. 23 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Das Bevo
Price: Free admission

What to Do in St. Louis This Weekend

Image courtesy of Virginia Harold Photography.

Warehouse Sale at Big Heart Tea Co.

Go behind the scenes at this up-and-coming St. Louis business on Dec. 22, when Big Heart Tea Co. opens its warehouse just off Cherokee Street for its twice-yearly sale and customer pick-up event.

When: Dec. 22 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: 2615 Winnebago St. (enter from Texas Avenue)
Price: Free admission

Window Walk in the Central West End

This Saturday marks the final opportunity to experience the Central West End’s Window Walk, where local businesses provide shelter from the chill with complimentary treats, exclusive discounts and  holiday activities. Take a romantic carriage ride, watch live entertainment, get your gifts wrapped and visit with Santa.

When: Dec. 22
Where: Central West End
Price: Drinks and goods for purchase

Mercy Holiday Celebration at SLSO

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra injects your pre-Christmas weekend with music and cheer during its annual Mercy Holiday Celebration. Bring the whole family to Powell Hall in Grand Center for a festive performance featuring holiday tunes and an appearance from Santa in a vibrant, elaborately decorated setting.

When: Dec. 21-23
Where: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Price: Varies

Feature image courtesy of Wout Vanacker.

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