Guests can scare up holiday pictures with Krampus, enjoy free Christmas candy and walk through the Darkness which has been reimagined as a creepy Christmas nightmare.
Next door to The Darkness, St Louis Escape offers six elaborately themed escape rooms and a 1980’s-themed blacklight mini golf course. Make a frightful night of it by visiting Krampus at the Darkness and adding an escape room and golf outing. Escape Room adventures can be booked now at www.StLouisEscape.com.
WHAT: A Christmas Horror Story: Krampus – Jack Frost’s Revenge WHEN: Saturday, December 11, 2021 HOURS: 7 to 10 p.m. WHERE: The Darkness is located next to Soulard Market at 1525 S. 8th St., St. Louis, MO 63104. WHAT: What is Krampus? In Alpine folklore, Krampus is a horned beast who helps St. Nicholas by scaring children who have been bad during the year. More details are available at www.Scarefest.com.
The season for holiday cheer is here and I am very excited to announce that The Polar Express is back and this year they have train rides again!
Last year due to the global pandemic, The Polar Express changed how they operated and switched to a walk-through of sorts. It was pretty cool, but the train ride is what kids missed the most. This year they were able to bring it back! Along with the awesome winter wonderland walk-through you get to ride the rails and experience The Polar Express like it is meant to be experienced.
After a year as a stationary walk-through experience during COVID-19 restrictions, the real train rides are rolling to the North Pole again at the popular holiday attraction for 2021. Tickets are on sale now.
The magical story of a boy’s search for the meaning of Christmas begins at St. Louis Union Station on November 19 and continues through December 30, 2021.
Coach tickets for this St. Louis holiday tradition begin at $35 and may be purchased online at www.stlpolarexpressride.com. First Class and Premium tickets also are available. Prices vary by day and time.
Passengers can also book holiday rides on the St. Louis Wheel and an adventure at the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station where Scuba Claus will dive in Shark Canyon on selected dates.
Trains will depart St. Louis Union Station at 4:30, 6:00 and 7:15 p.m. every night during the season. Trains also run at 8:30 p.m. on selected dates.
The adventure comes to life when the real train departs for a round-trip journey to the North Pole led by a cast of talented characters. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the classic story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ for a one-hour trip to meet Santa.
Once on board, the Conductor will work his way through the coach and punch golden tickets before hot chocolate and a delicious cookie are served by dancing chefs. Passengers then read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. Santa and his helpers board the train to greet passengers and each guest is given the first gift of Christmas.
During the trip, characters on each car lead fantastic onboard entertainment – just like in the film. Each guest will take home a keepsake sleigh bell and souvenir golden ticket in addition to the wonderful memories made on this magical trip. Just like the kids in the book, families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride! This immersive family-oriented experience has hosted over 1.4 million riders at 54 locations in the US, Canada, and the UK in 2019 when the read trains last rolled.
Passengers also can enhance the magic by staying overnight at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel in a special holiday suite complete with a decorated Christmas Tree. Get hotel information and train tickets at: www.STLpolarexpressride.com.
BEYOND THE POLAR EXPRESS — MORE ACTIVITIES AT ST. LOUIS UNION STATION
In 2021, all of St. Louis Union Station’s holiday events are gathered under the name Joy at Union Station.
Inside the massive Joy at Union Station tent on the Purina Performance Plaza, guests will find the Jolly Old Elf himself ready for family pictures with Santa, steaming hot chocolate and snacks, holiday carnival games and a variety of other activities including holiday crafts for children. In addition to posing with families, Santa will be available for Puppy Pics on Friday, November 19 from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, November 20 from 2 to 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 21 from 2 to 7 p.m.
The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station will welcome Scuba Claus to Shark Canyon on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:15 p.m. Guests can talk with Santa as he and his elf dive with sharks, rays and the other fish in the 250,000 gallon habitat. The diving Santa experience is free with Aquarium admission Friday, November 26, Saturdays and Sundays at 1:15 p.m November 27 through December 19 and again on Christmas Eve, December 24.
Soda Fountain at Union Station, the retro diner restaurant at Union Station, has introduced a new holiday Freak Shake for 2021. “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out,” starts with an Ovaltine chocolate malt shake, served in a Leg Lamp-inspired glass. The shake is topped with a La Bonne Bouche Ralphie Bunny sugar cookie, a Kit Kat Oh Fudge bar and a candy cane. Whipped cream, a cherry and a sprinkle of Ovaltine dust complete the treat.
The St. Louis Wheel at Union Station will be lighted in holiday colors throughout the season. The 200-foot-tall observation Wheel’s 42 gondolas are kept at a comfortable 72 degrees year round. Union Station’s outdoor Fire & Light shows on the lake will be set to popular Christmas carols. Shows take place on the hour. Union Station’s carousel, mini-golf course, ropes course and mirror maze add to the fun.
Guests can meet Mr. Claus and enjoy a delicious Santa face pancake breakfast during the popular Pancakes With Santa annual event in the beautifully decorated Grand Hall at St. Louis Union Station, Saturdays and Sundays in November and December. The 3-D holiday light show will play on the Grand Hall ceiling during breakfast. Seatings are available at 8:30 and 10 a.m.
A family entertainment destination today, St. Louis Union Station first opened in 1894 and was the biggest and busiest train terminal in the country with 22 railroads moving passengers across the nation. The St. Louis Union Station Hotel has been called one of the world’s top railroad-themed hotels.
St. Louis Union Station is located at 201 S. 18th Street, St. Louis, MO 63103.
PAWS MEET CLAUS JUST IN TIME FORYOUR HOLIDAY GREETING CARDS PUPPY PICS WITH SANTAPRESENTED BY PURINAAT ST. LOUIS UNION STATIONNOVEMBER 19, 20 & 21
Come on down to Union Station with your puppy and get an orderable picture with Santa! Jolly ol’ Saint Nick is no stranger to puppies and even has special treats to evade any barks that could potentially wake up the kids while putting presents under the tree. Stop on by during the time slots below and capture a precious memory with that perfect puppy!
WHAT: Puppy Pics with Santa at St. Louis Union Station, Presented by Purina WHERE: St. Louis Union Station. 201 S. 18th St., St. Louis, MO 63103.Enter the Joy tent on the Purina Performance Plaza from the south parking lot. WHEN: Friday 11/19/21 5 to 7 p.m.,Saturday 11/20/21, 2 to 7 p.m.Sunday 11/21/21, 2 to 7 p.m. COST: $10 TICKET INCLUDES: Access to the Joy tent to meet Santa and his elves, a photo with Santa with access to a digital download and dog treats courtesy of Purina while supplies last.
This past weekend the kids and I went on a little adventure to Cadet, Missouri. There you can find one great spot called Haunted Ridge Rocks and while there you can literally just look on the ground and find shiny, shiny, quartz crystals.
When I asked the kids if they wanted to go digging for quartz crystals they were immediately ready to rock and roll. So we prepared our small collection of garden tools and a 5 gallon bucket to collect our treasures.
We left early in the morning to take the 90ish minute drive to our destination. Upon our arrival we found out were were not the only ones interested in finding quartz! With plenty of places to dig we had no worries about finding our loot.
It didn’t take long before we were already dropping quartz into our bucket. You can literally just look down on the ground and find that shiny material!
The owner even got out his big machine to help move around the dirt so we could find even more quartz! We ended up filling a 5 gallon bucket to the brim with quartz rocks. Some nicer pieces than others, but all in all we made out like bandits! It was a fun experience for the kids and I that I am sure they will remember for a very long time.
Now we are in the process of cleaning up our rocks so they can shine like crazy and we can display them for all to see. Got any good cleaning tips? Drop a comment below if you do! I have gotten a couple tips from Twitter, but I am always interested in hearing other ideas!
I think we will be back to Haunted Ridge to find more quartz in the future, it was a great little adventure and seeing the kids’ face when they dug up that quartz treasure was definitely worth it.