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