Compiled by Staff
The pandemic changed some of the St. Louis holiday traditions for the past two years but many are back– and many never left, including the drive-through holiday light shows that have long been traditions in the Greater St. Louis Area.
The annual poinsettia show at the Jewel Box is still there but it is obvious they are in need of funding and the $1 admission will not help with what they need to rekindle the great holiday poinsettia shows of the past. Another tradition that is lacking is the Ritz Carlton in Clayton. While they have pretty lighted garland up their stairs and other touches of holiday cheer, there is no gingerbread display and the restaurant is not open for lunch. We stopped by for some Christmas cheer of their creme brulee and the gingerbread house that in the past has been a holiday destination. Neither were happening– so since we were in the neighborhood, we ended up at Protzel’s Deli on Wydown. Their gooey butter cake was even better than the creme brule would have been. Their homemade chicken salad was great too, and we think this famous Jewish deli is a perfect stop for a holiday outing with a friend.
Grant’s Farm has their light show and new for 2021 is the Busch Family Estate.
In August of this year (2021) it was announced that members of the Busch family who own Grant’s Farm announced they they would take over its operations from Anheuser-Busch. The Busch ancestral home is decorated with lights and is on the tour. The drive-thru event called Holiday Lights Drive-Thru and runs Nov. 19 – Jan. 2 Click Here for Schedule Reservations are required for all visits and space is limited.
Many local restaurants are decked out for the holidays and some people are opting for ordering online and picking up holiday feasts to take home.
There are also many holiday pop-up bars, which our Food and Travel Editor Suzanne wrote about. To read about them CLICK HERE.
For a fun holiday activity, take the family to a local Drury hotel. You can enjoy the indoor swimming pools, hot tubs, special happy hour with dinner every night and a hot cooked breakfast. If you go to DruryHotels.com and use the promocode SPORTS you will get a discount. Remember to always ask for the promocode SPORTS on any trip to a Drury Hotel– anywhere in the country on any date. STLSportsPage has a special arrangement with the Drury Hotels and this discount is offered to our readers. The Downtown Drury hotels (several of them) have close access to downtown holiday attractions and the Brentwood location would be good for shopping. It is in walking distance to many stores. Any location will just offer you that feeling of “getting away” during the hectic time of the holidays and having some fun with your family.
Your best bet for finding holiday activities is the Explore St. Louis website. We will list a few hi-lights here and you can click on the tabs for more info,