FUN WAYS TO CELEBRATE 2013 IN ST. LOUIS, MO
Looking to celebrate the New Year in St. Louis with a bang? Get to know the best happenings in and around the city and make this year’s festivities unlike any other.
If you've never been to the zoo on a winter evening, the Wild Lights at the St. Louis Zoo will surely serve you right this season. Walk through the exhibits as they come alive with more than 500,000 lights. Kids can hear holiday stories and adults can do a little shopping at the Holiday Zootique. Wild Lights is open from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $4 for Zoo members and $5 for non-members. Children under two get in free. There is also free parking at the Zoo's South Lot.
One of the biggest New Year's Eve celebrations in St. Louis is First Night in Grand Center. This family-friendly, alcohol free event draws nearly 25,000 people who enjoy an evening of singing, dancing and art. The evening starts at 6 p.m., and includes two fireworks displays at 9 p.m. and midnight. Admission buttons can be purchased at Dierbergs, Straubs and some Schnucks stores. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Kids five and younger get in free.
It takes quite a while to see the 35 acres of Christmas lights at Santa's Magical Kingdom in south St. Louis County. Millions of lights and dozens of holiday scenes fill Jellystone Park in Eureka. You can see Santa's flying reindeer, travel through the Candy Cane Village or visit the Waterfall of Lights. For even more fun, take an old fashioned wagon ride through the display. After seeing the lights, head over to Kringle's General Store for a little holiday shopping. Santa's Magical Kingdom is open from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Admission is $19 per car or $12 for wagon or train ride tickets.
For music aficionados, The Old Rock House is one of the coolest places in St. Louis for live music. This year's New Year's Eve party features music from Orgone. The doors open at 8 p.m. and the show is at 9 p.m. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 the day of the show.
For 27 years, employees with the St. Louis County Parks Department have turned Tilles Park into a Winter Wonderland. You can drive through the display, but the best way to see the lights is by horse-drawn carriage. Winter Wonderland is open daily from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., except for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Cars are welcome Sunday through Friday, but Saturdays are reserved for carriage rides. Admission is $10 per car. Tickets for carriage rides are available through MetroTix, and vary depending on the size of the carriage.
Harry's Restaurant & Bar is always a popular destination in Downtown St. Louis, but the place will be hopping on New Year's Eve. Harry's is hosting a celebration with music, a premium open bar and appetizer buffet. Tickets are $75 a person. Harry's also offers free shuttle service to any Downtown hotel after the party.
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