Metro-East Living

Belleville’s Christkindlmarket helps usher in Christmas shopping season

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Belleville Santa Parade — 10 a.m. Friday. Belleville. New route starts at Third and West Main streets. From Third Street, the parade proceeds down West Main Street., through the Public Square along East Main to Oak Street.

5th Annual Belleville Christkindlmarkt — 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Downtown Belleville Public Square. This authentic German-style, open-air Christmas market opens for the season and features international vendors, local artists, German food and drinks. Runs through Dec. 23. Live reindeer, chalet rides, vendors, food, entertainment and much more. Visit for daily hours and a full schedule of events.

Elton John Rock Tribute — 6:30 p.m. Friday. Belleville Public Square. Free and open to the public. For information about VIP tickets:

Holiday Native American Market Days at Cahokia Mounds — 12 to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site Interpretive Center, 30 Ramey St., Collinsville. Featuring 37 American Indian artists and vendors selling paintings, jewelry, shell work, pottery, silverwork, beadwork, sculpture, blankets and rugs, tiles and mugs, dreamcatchers, moccasins, baskets and much more.

Children wave to Santa as he makes his way down Main Street in Belleville in last year’s Annual Santa Parade. The tradition began in 1952. The parade features floats, marching bands, dance groups, and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. The parade will take place Friday morning with a new parade route starting at 3rd and West Main streets. Derik Holtmann

Millstadt Christmas Lighted Parade — 7 p.m. Friday. Starts at Frontier Park (behind Subway) with the lighting of the Village Christmas Tree and ends at the VFW for fun and family activities until 10 p.m.

Santa at City Park — 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. City Park, 101 S. Buchanan Ave., Edwardsville. Open 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 22. Visitors welcome to tell Santa their holiday wishes. Parents encouraged to take pictures for free. 618-692-7235.

Waterloo Christmas on the Square — 10 a.m. Saturday through 4 p.m. Sunday. Waterloo. Stop by at the 13 participating merchants to have your shopping card stamped. Winning cards drawn Sunday for the chance to win. $1,000 gift certificates awarded. Free carriage rides and visits with Santa. GLOW Holiday Lighted Parade 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Chili dinner/parade after party, lamppost decorating contest. Live music and more.

Kassly Mortuary 2nd Annual Christmas Food Drive — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily from Nov. 23 to Dec. 21. Kassly Mortuary, 9900 st. Clair Ave., Fairview Heights. Non-perishable food items, toiletries and diapers are needed. Pick-up available by calling Kassly Mortuary at 618-398-1122.

True Meaning of Christmas Tour — 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. St. Clair Square, 134 St. Clair Square, Fairview Heights. United Methodist Church will bring its gift-wrapped truck to host family-friendly activities. Enjoy hot chocolate, a photo booth and music while spending time with family and friends.

Christmas Candlelight Tours at the Stephenson House — 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Stephenson House, 409 Buchanan St., Edwardsville. Experience an 1820s Christmas during this self-guided tour by candlelight with historically dressed docents telling tales. Each room festively decorated and visitors will enjoy hot wassail and sweet treats. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children.

U.S. Bank Wild Lights at the St. Louis Zoo — 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday. St. Louis Zoo, One Government Drive, St. Louis. A wild, arctic wonderland with 1 million twinkling holiday lights and festive family fun. For additional hours and ticket information:

Buck-a-Bag Sale — 9 to 11 a.m. Friday. 1050 N. State (formerly Kennedy Carpets), Freeburg. Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing $1 per bag. Toys, shoes, books and some miscellaneous items will also be available for $1 per bag.

SWIC Pottery & Art Sale — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. Schmidt Art Center, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. Annual sale features works created by SWIC art students and a few faculty members. Mostly pottery, includes encaustic paintings, jewelry and landscape and abstract paintings. 618-222-5278.

H&R Block Coat Drive — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. H&R Block, 38 Carlyle Plaza Drive, Belleville. New and gently used coats of all sizes accepted. Benefits Calvary Baptist Church.


Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner and Free Caps & Gloves Giveaway — 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22. New Shining Light Community Outreach Ministry, 740 Broadway, Venice. Worship service 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Free drawing for sweet potato pies. Everybody welcome.

Thanksgiving Day Dinner for the Needy — 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22. St. Luke’s Parish Hall, corner of N. Church and East C streets. No carryouts. No deliveries. Sponsored by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Collinsville Fish Fry — 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Collinsville American Legion, 1022 Vandalia St., Collinsville. North Atlantic cod, whole catfish, sides, desserts. 618-345-2508.

O’Fallon Fish and Chicken Fry — 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. O’Fallon American Legion, 109 N. Penn, O’Fallon. Carryouts available. 618-632-8879.

O’Fallon Fish Fry — 4 to 8 p.m. Friday. Knights of Columbus Hall, 402 E. U.S. 50, O’Fallon. Cod and tilapia, burgers, hot dogs, pork steaks, pizza, sides. Eat in or carryout. Now accepting credit cards. 618-632-6229.


Meat Shoot — Noon Sunday. Mascoutah Sportsman’s Club, 1535 N. County Road, Mascoutah. Pot shot, trap, weather permitting. Meat prizes, money rounds, chili served.

27th Annual Ham and Meat Raffle — 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Columbus Club, 114 W. Oak St., Millstadt. Enjoy free pork sausage and fried potatoes while you play. Sponsored by Millstadt Knights of Columbus.

Bridge — 11:45 a.m. Tuesday. Senior Center, 10025 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Sponsored by Caseyville Township. 618-310-1289.

Reservations Required

St. Louis Holiday House Tour — 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. Venue(s): Campbell House Museum, Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion, Field House Museum and Old Courthouse. Explore these historic sites at this one-night-only peek into the past. Two ticket options: Bus Tour Ticket, includes tours of all four sites and parking with guided bus transportation; $30 in advance, $40 day of event. Self-Guided Ticket, tours of all four locations with limited parking, $20 in advance, $30 day of event. Inclement weather date Dec. 6. 314-421-0325, 314-421-4689 or

O’Fallon Township High School Madrigal Dinner — 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30. OTHS Milburn Campus, 650 Milburn School Road, O’Fallon. The Renaissance-themed dinner will usher in the holiday season with delightful music, hearty laughter and all-around entertainment with family and friends. Visit for tickets, additional dates and other information.

A Winter’s Aire — 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Corpus Christi Catholic Church Parish Center, 205 Rasp. St., Shiloh. Doors open 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include food, wine tasting and entertainment for the evening. Silent auction. Featuring the Washington University Concert Choir. For ticket reservations: 618-632-7614.

The Fifth Annual Christkindlmarkt opens Friday in downtown Belleville. The German Christmas market will feature European vendors, German food and beverage, live reindeer, entertainment and much more. Visit for more information. Derik Holtmann

Early Pregnancy class — 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, 1 St. Elizabeth’s Blvd., O’Fallon. Cost: $5, includes Understanding Pregnancy booklet. 618-234-2120, ext. 31260.

Memorial Hospital East Blood Drive — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4. Memorial Hospital, East Community Room, 2nd Floor, 1404 Cross St., Shiloh. Must be 16 year of age or older to donate and feeling healthy and well the day of the blood drive. Photo ID required. Lunch provided to all donors. Appointments recommended but not required. For appointments, call 800-733-2767 or visit and enter sponsor code MemorialBelleville.

Alzheimer’s Association Care Consultation Day — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. St. John’s Community Care - Adult Day Program, 222 Goethe Ave., Collinsville. Free one-hour consultations to discuss dementia and Alzheimer’s-related issues. Appointments are required. Please register by Dec. 5. 314-801-0414.

Club News

Alzheimer’s Association ‘In the Moment’ Support Group — 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. Oak Hill, 623 Hamacher, Waterloo. First half will be an educational program, the second half for sharing. Anyone who cares for or has a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served. 618-939-3488, ext. 1248.

St. Louis Metro Polka Club Dance — 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Polish Hal, 826 Greenwood St., Madison. Music by Fred and the Button Box Band. Admission: $7. Sandwiches available for purchase. 314-867-7897 or

O’Fallon Women Empowering Women meeting — 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday. Bella Milano, 455 Regency Park, O’Fallon.

M.U.S.I.C. Swing Dance Club — 5 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. VFW Hall, 1234 Vandalia St., Collinsville. One hour free lesson with paid admission. First-time guests get in free. Doors open 5 p.m. Lessons start 5:30 p.m. dance 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Grief Support Group — 6 p.m. every Wednesday through Dec. 5. Sterling Baptist Church, 9204 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Help and encouragement after death of loved ones. 618-530-0338.

O’Fallon Sunrise Rotary Meeting — 6:45 a.m. every Wednesday. O’Fallon Township Building, 801 E. State St., O’Fallon.


$2 Movies at the Wildey: ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ — 7 p.m. Tuesday. Wildey Theatre, 252 North Main St., Edwardsville. Tickets only available the day of the show one hour before showtime. Cash or check only. Charge/Debit cards accepted for concessions. All seats general admission.

Hett Center Film Series: ‘The Florida Project’ — 7 p.m. Monday. Russel E. and Fern M. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts, 400 North Alton St., Lebanon. Free admission.

SIUE ‘Arts & Issues’ Series: ‘The Other Mozart’ — 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28. Dunham Hall Theater, Hairpin Drive, Edwardsville. Created, written and performed by Sylvia Milo, “The Other Mozart” is a revealing biography of the older sister of Amadeus Mozart. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased at, by phone at 866-698-4253 or at the Morris University Center Welcome Desk.

A Season for the Child: ‘Clara’s Journey’ — 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Dunham Hall Theater, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Hairpin Drive, Edwardsville. “Clara’s Journey,” a dance based on Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” will be performed by Turning Pointe Academy of Dance. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children and available by calling Turning Pointe Academy of Dance at 855-222-2849. Part of the proceeds will go to Fighting for Autism.

An Evening with Judy Collins — 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Espenschied Chapel, 317 N. County Road, Mascoutah. Doors open 6 p.m. Only 100 tickets will be sold.

‘A Christmas Carol’ — 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-8 and 2 p.m. Dec. 9. Looking Glass Playhouse, 301 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon. Tickets on sale Nov. 26 and cost $5 each.

Carondelet Christmas Concert — 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. The Ivory Theatre, 7620 Michigan Ave., Carondelet, Mo. Doors open 2:30 p.m. Fanfare Band with special guest Dawn Weber will entertain with interactive holiday music. Family friendly event. Tickets: $15. 314-752-6339, or

Opera Edwardsville: ‘Christmas at the Wildey’ — 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22. Wildey Theatre, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville. Three internationally renowned professional opera performers, accompanied by a quartet of St. Louis musicians, will present an evening of classical music and Christmas favorites. Tickets: $35. VIP tickets available for $50. Tickets available at

Worth the Drive

River-to-River Trail Society Guided Hike — 10 a.m. Saturday. Meet at Backpackers Parking Lot, Garden of the Gods Recreation Area, Indian Point Loop, Herod. This four-mile hike, from Knights of the Golden Circle to High Knob Road, by way of Buzzard’s Roost, Rhombus Rock, Whiskey Cave, and Rice Hollow will be a moderately strenuous hike, intended for experienced hikers in good physical condition. There will be uphill hiking, off-trail hiking, and several creek crossings. Feet may get wet. Boots or sturdy shoes, a second pair of dry socks, and hiking sticks are highly recommended. Hikers should bring their own water and a snack. No dogs, please. For information or directions, call 630-470-7692.

HeartLands Conservancy Jingle Hike Challenge — Thursday, Nov. 22 through Tuesday, Jan. 1. Jingle bells are tied to trees in 12 parks throughout the metro-east area. Participants have six weeks to visit the parks, find each tree, take a selfie with the bell, and post the photo to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #jinglehike. Photos can also be emailed to For more information and a printable map:

Christmas Wonderland — 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday starting Friday, Nov. 23 through Wednesday, Dec. 26. Rock Spring Park, 2100 College Ave., Alton. More than 3 million shining lights on display. A petting zoo and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus available.

Bethalto Christmas Village — 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 23-25, Dec. 1, 7-9, 14-15. Central Park, 213 N. Prairie St., Bethalto. Festive light display, live entertainment, a live nativity, craft vendors, food vendors, decorated Christmas trees, Santa Claus and more. Free admission.

Downtown Country Christmas — 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday. State St., Jerseyville. Experience the magic of a community Christmas festival with Mrs. Claus’ Bake Shoppe, kids activities on Elf Boulevard, take part in Elf School, tour the historic Cheney Mansion, enjoy live music and end the evening with Rudolph’s Red-Nosed Lighted Parade.

Green Gift Bazaar — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. YWCA, 304 E. 3rd St., Alton. Support local artists and pick up unique, thoughtful and eco-friendly gifts for everyone on your list. Event includes interactive crafts for kids and a holiday light recycle drive.

St. Louis Comic Book Show — 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Shrewsbury American Legion Post, 7300 Lansdowne Ave., St. Louis. Buy, sell and trade collectible comics, cards, toys and action figures. Explore 40 tables of collectibles. Refreshments available. Admission: $2. Free parking. 314-544-2812.