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Walking in a winter wonderland

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Abe Rappaport
Holiday lights illuminate the Ted Drewes frozen custard sign on Chippewa Street

When the temperature drops and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” plays on full blast in every department store, you know winter has officially arrived. However, it would not be complete without all the festivities the season brings. This list highlights many unique winter activities in the greater St. Louis area for all ages to enjoy.

 

1. Hidden Valley

Whether it’s your first time skiing or you’re a regular, this 65-acre resort is fun for all experience levels. Lessons are available for children and adults, and its faux snow allows you to learn at any temperature. You can soar down the majestic mountain while polar plunge tubing, and experience the thrill after dusk through Night Skiing. With all of these attractions, it is clear Hidden Valley is a “Hidden Gem” of St. Louis.

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Their delectable custard is always bursting with unique flavors.

2. First Fridays 

St. Louis is known for its unpredictable weather, so when it’s too cold to enjoy the outdoors, go to the St. Louis Grand Central Arts District. Every first Friday of the month during the winter season, participating art museums in this leading neighborhood for arts and culture are free and open until 9 p.m. Some of the venues include the Contemporary Art Museum, International Photography Hall of Fame and Kranzberg Art Center. Make a night of it and grab a bite to eat from one of the acclaimed restaurants across the street such as the Fieldhouse Pub and Grill or Sunrise Chinese.

3. Ted Drewes and Candy Cane Lane 

There’s nothing like eating a sweet treat during the holidays, especially Ted Drewes. Their delectable custard is always bursting with unique flavors. Their Muddy Mississippi’s harmonious blend of peanut butter, chocolate and waffle cone pieces is sure to melt in your mouth. You also can’t go wrong with their famous Scotch Oatmeal cookies; the promise of their satisfying crunch is perfect for an ice cream sandwich. As you enjoy your frozen treat, take a stroll down Candy Cane Lane to see a neighborhood come together to spread holiday cheer. Every year from Thanksgiving weekend through early January, the residents decorate their houses with lights,  inflatables on their lawn and display a giant custom made Christmas card. These St. Louis staples are a must for your next holiday outing.

With all the bustling activity and wonder, it is truly a spectacle.

4. Fete de Glace

The ancient art of ice carving is brought to life at the Fete de Glace competition in St. Charles. Contenders use chainsaws, knives and heated irons to create intricate sculptures for all to enjoy. What they carve is completely up to their imagination, often leading to some stunningly creative designs. If you’re cold, kick back at one of the many cozy fire pits around the area, and enjoy a hearty meal nearby at Savor or The Main House. This year’s competition takes place Jan. 27, so save the date!

5. The Loop Ice Carnival

If you are looking for something a little more upbeat, the Loop Ice Carnival is for you. True to its name, it is packed with performances. Like a circus, the fire performers put on a remarkable display while elegant ballerinas of ice dance frozen in time, and magicians awe you with their magic. With all the bustling activity and wonder, it is truly a spectacle. Experience the festivities for yourself Jan. 20.

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Avery Haden, news writer
She/Her Hobbies and Interests: reading, writing, running, hiking Favorite song: In My Mind by Lyn LapidIn Favorite Quote: “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”
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He/Him Hobbies and Interests: playing baseball, playing racquetball, hanging out with friends and watching sports Favorite movie: Inglorious Bastards Favorite Quote: "If you're going though hell, keep going." -Winston Churchill
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