Stuff to do December 2013
Anheuser-Busch Holiday Lights Display
Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 28 – 6 to 9 p.m., Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour Center, 1200 Lynch St., St. Louis, 314.577.2626, facebook.com/stlbudtours
In its 28th year, the free holiday light display at A-B just got cooler. There are more lights, plus live music, a walking tour and an ornament-decorating station. And don’t miss the photo opportunities with the Clydesdales or inside an inflatable snow globe. The food and beer experience has been ramped up, too. Look for fire pits for roasting s’mores (S’more-making kits, kettle corn and hot chocolate are for sale.), and complimentary seasonal beer samples (Shock Top Chocolate Wheat, Stella Artois Cidre and Bud Light Lime Cran-Brrr-Rita) for adults. Free drive-thru tours also are available Sunday through Thursday evenings from dusk until midnight through Dec. 31.
Clayton Indoor Farmers Market
Dec. 7 and 21 – 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Center of Clayton, 50 Gay Ave., Clayton, 314.913.6632, claytonfarmersmarket.com
The wind blows through the skeletal trees, and the ground turns brown and cold. But it’s cool, baby – some farmers markets never close. The Clayton FM heads indoors to the capacious Center of Clayton for the first and third Saturdays of the month through April (except January when it’s only open on Jan. 4). The December markets are all about the holidays; look for samples of holiday fare, gift ideas, fresh produce, holiday pies, home goods, crafts and pick-me-ups to enjoy at the market, like coffee and hot tea.
Gingerbread House Workshop
Dec. 7 and 14 – noon to 4 p.m., Whole Foods Market Galleria, 1601 S. Brentwood Blvd., 314.968.7744; Whole Foods Market Town & Country, 1160 Town & Country Commons, 636.527.1160, wholefoodsmarket.com
Make a quick and dirty gingerbread house at the Whole Foods Gingerbread House Workshop. Twenty bucks gets your kid (or you) the gingerbread house, icing, decorating materials (candy!) and instruction from a Whole Foods staff member. Kids of all ages welcome. We’re considering bringing our own candy accoutrements. A winding sidewalk made of sticks of Juicy Fruit gum looks pretty cool. Call for reservations.
Cocktail Wars: St. Louis
Dec. 10 - 7 p.m., Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S. 12th St., St. Louis, dishcrawl.com/cocktailwarsstl
There can only be one – one top St. Louis bartender who will represent the city in the North American mixology competition, Cocktail Wars. Social food-and-drink business Dishcrawl puts on the contest, which pits five area finalists against each other. Guests will watch the onstage concocting, taste and vote for their faves along with a panel of five local luminaries from the beverage and food industry.
Great Stone Hill Beast Feast
Dec. 13 – 7 p.m., Stone Hill Winery, 1110 Stone Hill Highway, Hermann, 314.590.2231, stonehillwinery.com
Like, roar, man. The annual Great Stone Hill Beast Feast is an unpredictable wild game dinner that has included such delicacies as pecan-encrusted pheasant tenderloin, venison rumaki, wild turkey chowder, squirrel cacciatore, goose roulade, port-braised beaver and smoked bear roast. What will line the buffet this year? The event organizers don’t release the menu beforehand; it all depends on what area hunters are able to bag. This fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society also includes silent and live auctions, a raffle under a heated pavilion and plenty of Missouri wine, of course. Call for reservations.
Dinner with Santa at Saint Louis Zoo
Dec. 20 to 23 – 5 and 7 p.m., Saint Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, 314.646.4897, stlzoo.org
What happens when your child pigs out at an Italian buffet and then sits on Santa’s lap for an excitable tête-à-tête? Hopefully everyone will remain calm at dinner with Santa, and digestion will proceed as planned. The cost of admission includes parking, a dinner of kid-friendly carbs, admission to the Wild Lights holiday-light display, visits from costumed characters Rudolph and Frosty and a photo with Santa. Call for availability and reservations.