Friday, December 23, 2011
Historically, snow has a made an irregular appearance in St. Peters and the St. Louis metro area at Christmastime.
Christmas is right around the corner—it's Sunday for those not near a calendar—and it doesn't look like St. Peters will be having a white Christmas. The forecast for now until Sunday looks great for fans of snow-less days. Those hoping for the white stuff will likely be disappointed. However this is Missouri and the weather changes at the drop off the hat—a surprise storm wouldn't surprise a lot of people. Still, a white Christmas seems unlikely—a feat that has happened infrequently throughout the years. Christmas 2010 delivered snow around the St. Louis metro area. But this season’s skies will not disappoint those hoping for milder weather at Christmas. Jim Kramper, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service St. …
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Each week, St. Peters Patch features a planner with weekend events in St. Charles County.
Check out what's happening in and around St. Peters this weekend. Community Chanukah Bowl O'Fallon's Celebration of Lights St. Charles Christmas Traditions Christmas Traditions Open Doors Holiday Night Lights Drive
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Get out the lights and holly. Your decorating could net $100,000 to our schools.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to win a $100,000 gift to the St. Peters public schools. Patch.com is launching a nationwide contest to find the best dressed home in its Patch communities, and the winner’s school district will receive $100,000, no strings attached. Here’s how the contest works. Beginning on Dec. 8 and continuing through Dec. 26, you can nominate your home by uploading a photo to the contest entry form on the site. During that same time period you and your neighbors will also be able to vote for your favorite festive home. The winning entry will be forwarded to a national Patch judge that will select 24 finalists. Each finalist will receive $500 that they can apply to their December electric bill. From Dec. 30 through …
Friday, December 2, 2011
St. Peters Patch has a round up of holiday events happening in 2011.
St. Peters Patch has rounded up a range of holiday events happening in and around St. Peters so you can plan your holiday season in advance. Look for a round up of music events, theatrical events, musical events and events for children in the next week. Ongoing Events and Festivals: Christmas Traditions: Head to Main Street St. Charles to meet a cast of Christmas characters ranging from Jack Frost to Santa Claus. Festival hours are 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Eve. Watch a Santa Parade at 1:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Get your photo taken at the tourism center from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Complimentary Carriage Shuttle is available …
The annual holiday lights display features 500,000 sparkling lights, plus storytellers and live musical performances on select nights.
Polar bears, penguins, prairie dogs and flamingos will all be dressed in their holiday finest and lighting up the night to greet visitors at the annual U.S. Banks Wild Lights holiday light show at the St. Louis Zoo. "It’s really beautiful," said Michael Macek, curator of birds at the zoo. "It’s grown every year that I’ve been here, and I’ve been here 20 years. Every single year they add more. It’s actually quite nice, because it’s so cold and dark, it’s nice to see the zoo lit up." Wild Lights is open 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 11. Starting Dec. 16, it will be open daily through Dec. 23, then again Dec. 26 to Dec. 30. Admission is $4 for zoo members, $5 for non-members. In what the zoo is calling "watts…
Sunday, November 27, 2011
The National Christmas Tree Association, based in Chesterfield, offers advice for families cutting their own trees from local farms.
For the freshest Christmas tree possible, cut your own at a local tree farm. The National Christmas Tree Association in Chesterfield offers tips on how to find the perfect tree: And if you’ve never cut down a tree, here are some guidelines from Chesterfield’s National Christmas Tree Association: Try one of these nearby farms for your tree: Christmas Traditions Tree Farm: This farm is 30 minutes west of St. Charles and offers trees, wreaths, swags, and other specialty items. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 25-27 and Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11. Open Dec. 17 and 18 subject to availability. Contact the owners after Dec. 11 to check. Address: 25882 S. Lohman Road, Wright City, MO. Phone: 636-745-7488 Trees: Scotch and White pines Directions: Take …
Thursday, November 24, 2011
The stores, sales and strategies you need to optimize your all-night shopping blow-out.
Here’s a new holiday tradition to try: Say grace, eat turkey, head to the mall. Black Friday sales start at midnight this year at some of the regions biggest stores, including Walmart, Target, Kohl’s and Best Buy. We’ve read through the ads and compiled everything you need for the best all-night holiday shopping blow-out possible. And for each sale, we've highlighted the items we think would make the best gifts (at the best prices!) Check back on Black Friday for updates and tips, and if you hit the sales, tag your tweets with #BlackFridaySTL or mention @StLouisLindsay. And don't forget: Black Friday sales are already starting online at popular big box stores. Best Buy said they've already sold out of popular $80 TVs and $150 laptops, but …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Midnight openings, tech-savvy toys for kids, and a preview of a few Black Friday deals.
This year’s shopping extravaganza will suit early birds and night owls alike. More stores are opening at midnight on the day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday by many retailers. Stores at Mid Rivers Mall, as well as Best Buy, Target and Kohl's will pull their doors open at midnight on Nov. 25. A few stores in Lake Saint Louis’s shopping center, The Meadows, will also be opening at midnight, including Aeropostale, Charming Charlie, Claire’s, Maurices and Victoria’s Secret. Andrea Schwartz, vice president of media relations for Macy’s, said this will be the first year Macy’s stores have opened this early. “This is really what the customers have been asking for,” Schwartz said. Schwartz said Macy’s employees have acted as …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
City hosts tree lighting to start the season.
The city of St. Peters kicked off the holiday season on Friday night with the 22nd annual tree lighting ceremony. A crowd packed into the Cultural Arts Centre at St. Peters City Hall for a night of holiday music and lights. The Fort Zumwalt East orchestra kicked things off with some holiday tunes. After that, the St. Peters Performing Arts Music Studio gave a teaser presentation of it's "'Glee'ful Holiday Celebration" show. The St. Peters Choral Society also sang a few songs to the packed house. Lindenwood's Vocals Only sang more songs and finally the tree in front of City Hall was lit kicking off the 2011 holiday season.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Use our holiday light guide map to plan a night of family fun.
Each blue point on our holiday light guide map represents a particularly beautiful light display in the St. Louis region. Click on the blue points to find addresses, hours and details. As more parks, businesses and neighbors begin to deck the halls, send us your pictures of beautiful holiday light displays. We'll add them to the map so families can plan light-viewing outings. Send pictures, addresses and impressions of light displays to your local Patch or to Lindsay.Toler@patch.com. If you're on the road, tweet about it @StLouisLindsay.