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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

St. Louis has a long history of drawing residents and visitors downtown and many adults recall visits to Famous and Barr as children to see the holiday window displays.  Today, with the resurgence of downtown as a place to live, work and play, The Christmas in St. Louis Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the community’s celebration of the holiday season by coordinating three signature events that have become holiday traditions for thousands of St. Louis families.  The Festival of Lights event kicks off the season with live performances, a dramatic holiday tree illumination capped off with a fireworks display beneath a picturesque view of the Old Courthouse and Gateway Arch.  The 30th Annual Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade features more than 200 festive entries including marching bands, floats, balloons and vintage cars. In addition to making the holiday season a little brighter for thousands of St. Louisans, the Foundation recognizes and showcases two charities each year providing important broadcast exposure during the Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade. 

On behalf of our entire Board and many volunteers, have a safe and enjoyable year and see you downtown during the holidays!

Warm regards,

Brian Hall



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

2013 CISL Executive Committee

Brian Hall Chariman
Anne Carroll Vice Chairperson
Ken Mallin 2nd Vice Chairman
Mike Sondag Treasurer
Chris Piazza Secretary

2013 CISL Committees

Committee Chairperson Vice Chairperson
Light Up Gerri Lashley Trina Muniz
Development Katie Shankman Mark Blethroad
Nominating John Nickle Ken Mallin, Ann Honious
Fiance Mike Sondag Chris Piazza
Marketing Anne Carroll Craig Carmichael
Parade Operations Ken Mallin Jeff Wright
Charaties Gerry Doyle Chris Piazza

2013 Board Members


Mark Blethroad Development
David Boudinet Parade Operations
Mark Burnham Parade Operations
Craig Carmichael Marketing, Website
Anne Carroll Marketing
Gerry Doyle Charities
Brian Hall Chairman
Nancy Higgins Marketing Apparel
Ann Honious Nominating, VIP
Toby James Parade Operations
Gerri Lashley Light Up, VIP
Ken Mallin Parade Operations
Trina Muniz Light Up
John Nickle Nominating
Chris Piazza Grand Marshal
Katie Shankman Development
Mike Sondag Treasurer, Finance
Doug Wolter VIP co-chair
Jeff Wright Parade Operations
Tom Zupanci Marketing, TV

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2014 Parade

30th Annual Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade
Parade route is hereAll the details are here

Holiday Happenings

Hungry Turkey Race 2014

2014 Race Registration is Open!