Photography courtesy of the St. Louis Symphony
In the mood for celebrating? Whether you’re reveling in Christmas cheer at St. Louis Symphony or raising a glass for Schlafly’s 21st anniversary, there’s something for everyone this month in St. Louis. Here’s a list of the top December events from the SLM calendar, in chronological order:
December 7 & 8: The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)
For those of you who can’t take one more Miracle on 34th Street–style homage to the wonder of the season, the Reduced Shakespeare Company has your antidote, with an irreverent look at the holidays. $20–$36. Time: 8 p.m. Edison Theatre, Mallinckrodt Center, Washington University, 6445 Forsyth, 314-935-6543, edison.wustl.edu.
December 7, 8 & 9: Batman Live
Up against a cast of actors and acrobats that includes just about every Batman villain imaginable, the caped crusader will have his work cut out for him in Batman Live. The show features a bat-shaped LED video wall, pyrotechnics, a full-blown Gotham City landscape, and a Batmobile dreamed up by famed race-car designer Gordon Murray. All that, and the production only cost $15 million! $21.50–$91.50. Call for times. Chaifetz Arena, 1 S. Compton, 314-977-5000, thechaifetzarena.com.
December 7 & 14: Candlelight Christmas Walk
Especially this time of year, a visit to Augusta feels a bit like traveling back in time. At the town’s 30th annual Candlelight Christmas Walk, take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the decorated streets, or eat roasted chestnuts and warm your hands by the bonfire in the town square. Then head to Mount Pleasant Winery to hear Hudson and the Hoo Doo Cats. Free. Time: 5–10 p.m. Downtown Augusta, 636-228-4005, augusta-chamber.org.
December 11: W. Kamau Bell
Bell is known for his sociopolitical stand-up, discussing topics from interracial marriage to the Tea Party. His frank, intelligent style onstage and as co-host of the podcast The Field Negro Guide to Arts & Culture got comedian Chris Rock’s attention. Rock is now the executive producer of Bell’s half-hour series on FX, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. $20. Time: 9 p.m. The Firebird, 2706 Olive, 314-535-0353, firebirdstl.com.
December 12–January 6: Wicked
This popular musical tells the real story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, the Wizard of Oz, and Glinda the Good Witch before Dorothy showed up in Oz. $38–$150. Fox Theatre, 527 N. Grand, 314-534-1678, fabulousfox.com.
December 14–23: The Nutcracker
The Saint Louis Ballet puts on the holiday classic about a young girl, Clara, who’s transported to a magical land of dancing sweets. $27–$49. Times: 2:30 & 7 p.m. Thu, Sat, final Fri & final Sun, 7 p.m. Fri & Wed, 2:30 p.m. Sun. Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, University of Missouri–St. Louis, 1 University, 314-516-4949, touhill.org.
December 21–23 & 27–29: El Monstero: Pigocalypse
The Pink Floyd tribute band El Monstero puts on a live show so stellar, its holiday concerts have become a St. Louis tradition. $27.50–$42.50. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar, 314-726-6161, thepageant.com.
December 21, 22 & 23: St. Louis Symphony Holiday Celebration
With musicians in scarves and Santa taking requests, the St. Louis Symphony Holiday Celebration will melt the icy heart of even the most steadfast Scrooge. Grammy Award winner Debby Boone and the Holiday Festival Chorus join the orchestra to perform your favorite carols. $25–$65. Times: 2 and 7 p.m. Fri and Sat, 2 p.m. Sun. Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand, 314-533-2500, stlsymphony.org.
December 26: Schlafly Beer 21st Anniversary Party
This is a big year for Schlafly Beer. The city’s largest craft brewery is turning 21, which means it’s finally old enough to drink its own beer. Help celebrate by enjoying live music and dirt-cheap 1991 beer prices at the Schlafly Beer 21st Anniversary Party. Be sure to sample the new Single Malt Scottish Ale, brewed specifically for the occasion. Free. Call for times. Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust, 314-241-2337, schlafly.com.
December 31: First Night–St. Louis
Now that you’re a sophisticated adult, boozy house parties are no longer the appropriate way to ring in the New Year. So load the family into the minivan, and head to First Night–Saint Louis. Between the local artists, street performers (from acrobats to drum lines to magicians), fireworks, and face paint, you’re sure to feel like a kid again. Free. Time: 6 p.m.–midnight. Grand Center, Grand Boulevard and Olive Street, 314-289-1500, firstnightstl.org.
By Rosalind Early and Nancy McMullen