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Mission Statement

Christmas in St. Louis (CISL) and the Christmas in St. Louis Foundation (Foundation) are comprehensive volunteer community-focused, non-profit organizations with distinct, yet complementary missions.

CISL is a civic organization dedicated to adding to the community’s celebration of the holiday season by coordinating Christmas lighting and decorations and thereby increasing tourism, shopping, dining and hotel usage in the St. Louis area during the holiday season.

The Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to assisting and supporting, primarily through promotion and marketing, numerous local charities during the holiday season.






Chairman's Message

The Christmas in St. Louis Foundation is dedicated to the celebration of the holiday season in the St. Louis area.

We are a community with deep traditions and rich history tied to our downtown. Whether it is the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, the Rams at the Dome, the Blues at the Scottrade Center, a concert at the Peabody Opera House, dining along Washington Avenue, or a picnic in the Citygarden, the resurgence in downtown St. Louis is incredible. What a great place to live, work and play today!

Over the holidays, the Foundation hosts two special family events that have become a holiday tradition for hundreds of thousands.

On November 21, 2015, the Ameren Missouri Festival of Lights will kick off the holiday season at Union Station. Live musical and dance troupes will perform under the train shed, and we will light up the Salvation Army Christmas Tree with the special help of Santa. At the end, we will celebrate with a special fireworks display at Aloe Plaza across from Union Station.

On November 26, 2015, the Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Parade will take to the streets of downtown St. Louis. Our parade features over 150 units, including marching bands, specially made floats, helium balloons, vintage cars and many other surprises. This year will be the 30th anniversary of the parade, which has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best Thanksgiving Parades in the country.

In keeping with the spirit of the holiday season, the Foundation recognizes and showcases two local charities each year that made a difference in our community. We award a grant to each charity and, working with our media partner, KMOV-TV, provide broadcast exposure during the parade to highlight their incredible mission and outstanding work here in St. Louis.

We invite you to attend all of our events with your families and friends. Make your own special memories this holiday season.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 

Kenneth J. Mallin
Chairman, Christmas in St. Louis


Previous Chairman's Message

The season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is a wonderful time to celebrate with family, friends, and loved ones.

Every year, the Christmas in St. Louis organization is proud to support the diverse traditions and community activities planned for the holiday season in greater St. Louis. We applaud the hundreds of large and small local groups whose annual events and charitable activities encourage all St. Louisians to celebrate the holidays in their own special ways.

For more than 20 years, our non-profit, all-volunteer organization has been dedicated to promoting activities that inspire people of all faiths to show their unique holiday spirit while enhancing the texture and heritage of the St. Louis community.

This year, the popular Macy's Holiday Festival of Lights ceremony will occur Friday evening, November 20st at Kiener Plaza downtown starting at approximately 5 p.m. Special celebrity guests and Santa Claus will attend this festive tree-lighting event and celebrate the holiday season with a huge fireworks display featuring the Old Courthouse and The Gateway Arch as a backdrop.

Thanksgiving morning, the Christmas in St. Louis organization will host the 26th annual AmerenUE Thanksgiving Day Parade. Please check out the rest of our Website for additional parade details. It will be a crisp morning, but the perfect way to begin the holiday season with your family and friends.

As in past years, a portion of contributions from our sponsors and proceeds from our events will be used to present donations to at least two St. Louis family-oriented charities to help support their missions during this season of giving.

On behalf of the entire Christmas in St. Louis organization and our Underwriting Sponsor, Ameren, and all of our additional sponsors that support our mission, I wish you a Happy Holiday Season and a truly blessed New Year!

John K. Nickel
Christmas In St. Louis



Thank you for your interest in supporting the many charitable and community activities that the Christmas In St. Louis organization makes possible. If you wish to make a donation, there are two ways to do so, including to:
  • The Christmas In St. Louis Foundation, a tax-exempt, publicly supported charity qualified under Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the Foundation are deductible as charitable contributions, and should be made payable to Christmas In St. Louis Foundation.
  • Christmas In St. Louis (CISL), a tax-exempt civic organization qualified under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to CISL are not deductible as charitable contributions, but in appropriate circumstances may be deductible as business expenses. Contributions to CISL should be made payable to Christmas In St. Louis.

Please mail your check to:

Christmas In St. Louis
906 Olive Street, Suite 200
St. Louis, MO 63101

Many thanks for helping to make this community-wide effort such an outstanding success. Thanks to you, Christmas In St. Louis is truly “A Special Time in a Special Place.”


Board of Directors

CISL Executive Committee

Ken Mallin Chariman
Brian Hall Vice Chairperson
Mike Sondag Treasurer
Chris Piazza Secretary

CISL Committees

Committee Chairperson Vice Chairperson
Light Up Gerri Lashley Trina Muniz
Nominating John Nickle Ken Mallin, Ann Honious
Fiance Mike Sondag Chris Piazza
Parade Operations Ken Mallin Jeff Wright
Charities Gerry Doyle Chris Piazza

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31st Annual Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 26, 2015
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