Things to do around St. Louis in the winter

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Photo courtesy of the Creative Commons License

Melanie Witt, copy editor

With winter approaching and temperatures drastically falling, it may seem as though you are stuck indoors for months. Thankfully, there are many different places located all around St. Louis that are still bearable during the cold winter months. So consider visiting some of these places over your long-awaited winter break:


  1. Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park


Open until midnight for the holiday season, you can skate with friends at any time of the day. The skate admission is $7 (with the addition of skate rental for $6), and you are allowed to skate for as long as you would like. Steinberg is the largest outdoor skating rink in the midwest and is celebrating 60 years of business. You can’t go wrong with this tradition.


Sunday-Thursday: 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.

Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m.- Midnight

Extended holiday hours for Nov. 22-25 and Dec. 22- Jan. 7: 10 a.m.- midnight


  1. Garden Glow at Missouri Botanical Gardens

Visit Botanical Gardens through Jan. 1 to experience a wonderful light show with over one million lights. As you walk through the gardens at night, there are plenty of photo opportunities for you to get that perfect Instagram picture. S’mores and holiday drinks are served throughout the gardens to keep you warm. Tickets cost $18 per nonmember adult and $14 per member adult. Buy them before they run out online at the Missouri Botanical Gardens website and you won’t be disappointed.


5 p.m.- 10 p.m. with the last entry at 9 p.m.


  1. St. Charles Christmas Traditions

Each year, St. Charles comes alive to celebrate the holidays for a month long festival. Visitors can go shopping through the cute town and can take horse-drawn carriage rides. There are many free events including parades, concerts and candlelight processions. This event has been going on for over 40 years and continues to grow each year.


  1. Winter Wonderland in Tilles Park

Located close to Kirkwood, this holiday light show is definitely worth the long wait in line. It is $10 for each car to go through the light show and drivers can tune into their radio station to see the lights flicker to the beat of Christmas classics. You can also schedule carriage rides through the Winter Wonderland.


Sunday-Friday: 5:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.

Saturday: booked for exclusively carriage rides


  1. Winterfest at the Arch

Experience St. Louis and the Gateway Arch in a unique way at the newly opened ice rink located under the Arch. The Gateway Arch Park Foundation and the St. Louis Blues worked together to bring an ice rink to Downtown St. Louis as a part of the renovations to the Arch. Admission to the rink is free with skate rentals and private ice rink bookings in addition. For an hour session of skate rental, adults pay $10 and children pay $7 with an additional $5 cost per each additional skating session.


Thursday-Sunday: 2 p.m.-9 p.m. (all week Dec. 24- Jan. 1)


  1. Hidden Valley Ski Resort

While St. Louis sadly isn’t located near any beautiful mountain ranges, there are still opportunities for you to experience the thrill of racing down the snow. Whether you are an expert or a beginner, Hidden Valley has a wide variety of choices for you. Ski trails are ranked based on difficulty. Check the website for prices as they range based on the day, your age, and if you are renting equipment. Hidden Valley also offers the Polar Plunge (tubing), which is like sledding, but better. Make sure to check the website before visiting to see the snow report.


Monday-Thursday: 1 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.

Friday: 1 p.m.- 1 a.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m.- 1 a.m.

Sunday: 9 a.m.- 8 p.m.