Holiday magic returns to St. Louis

November 20, 2012 by  

Holiday magic describes both the season and a number of special events happening in St. Louis, Missouri this year.

On November 16, Macy’s began the Yuletide celebrations by lighting a gigantic Christmas tree in Kiener Plaza as part of its Festival of Lights. Attendees met costumed holiday characters, took home free goodies, and watched fireworks as part of the party.

Later this week, on Thanksgiving Day itself (November 22), the Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade steps off at 8.45 am. This marks the 28th year the event has taken place.

Then, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 23-25, Holiday Magic will be held at the America’s Center convention complex. This family-friendly fair features such things as visits with Santa, pet adoptions, shopping, and trackless train rides. The dates of Holiday Magic coincide with the Thanksgiving celebration in the United States and with ‘Black Friday’ – the day after Thanksgiving that is regarded as the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season.

Speaking on behalf of the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, Brian Hall said the city had decided to hold Holiday Magic on the Thanksgiving weekend to give families, especially those with children, an alternative to the traditional Thanksgiving celebrations. In addition, visitors traveling to St. Louis to be with family can add another activity to their list, and perhaps stay a bit longer.

Event organizers could have flyers printed explaining the parades and fairs, times, and what is happening at each event. They might also include maps and suggested driving routes, parking and public transportation options.