Experience the Central West End at its most beautiful this holiday season! There are plenty of opportunities to get in the holiday spirit at different events throughout the neighborhood. Here is our complete guide to “Holidays in the Central West End.”
2019 Holiday Schedule
The Chase Park Plaza
Friday, November 22
Kick-off the holiday season at The Chase Park Plaza! Bring the kiddos to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. Their infamous gingerbread village will be unveiled, carolers will sing, champagne and hot cocoa will be served, a HUGE giveaway winner will be announced, and they’ll end the night with a ceremonial tree lighting outside the hotel. This event is free and open to the public.
Celebrate the CWE Cocktail Party
Friday, December 6
Celebrate the Central West End and those who make it great at this annual party! Join the Central West End Association at Bar Italia for cocktails, delicious food, and even better company as they present the Polk and Renaissance awards to their outstanding award recipients:
Polk Award: James J. Dwyer
Renaissance Award: Left Bank Books
Your ticket includes great food and an open bar. $75 for CWEA members and $100 for non-members. Click here to purchase your ticket.
Holiday on the Plaza
Saturday, December 7
Snow or shine, you’re invited to an afternoon of festive family entertainment at Holiday on the Plaza. Featuring holiday pony rides, visits with Santa, and performances by Bob Kramer’s Marionettes (at 2:30, 3:15 and 4 p.m.). Head indoors for holiday music and interactive experiences. Admission to the Indoor Workshop: new unwrapped toy or $5 per child. Plus, be sure to stick around for the Magical Tree Lighting at 5 p.m.
Central West End Window Walk
Saturdays in December: 7, 14 & 21
Experience the magic of the holidays at the Central West End’s annual Window Walk, now in its 10th year. Window Walk is a month-long celebration, highlighting the many wonderful attributes of the holidays in the CWE — shopping at boutiques, enjoying seasonal libations and great meals at local restaurants, and strolling amidst elegantly decorated windows. Window Walk brings back the time-honored tradition formerly found in downtown windows and gives St. Louisans a great venue to experience the holidays.
Visitors can enjoy FREE holiday festivities, including carriage rides, ice carvings, carolers, s’mores, gift wrapping, pictures with Santa, live music, street performers and more! Plus, many of our CWE businesses will be hosting special Window Walk festivities and promotions each Saturday in December. For a full list of events, click here.
Holiday Studio Sale
510 N Euclid Ave
Friday, December 13: 6-9 p.m. &
Saturday, December 14: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
‘Tis the season to shop local! Mark your calendar for this special Holiday Studio Sale at 510 N Euclid on Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14.
Enjoy festive drinks and and snacks as you shop work from several different jewelry studios, including:
-Meri Ellen Brooks-Taylor
-Plus, hand blown glass ornaments and functional glassware by Jeremy Lampe
CWE Window Walk Holiday Market
Maryland Plaza (Inside a Heated Tent)
Saturday, December 14
This holiday season, find the perfect gift for everyone on your list at the CWE Window Walk Holiday Market! The Window Walk Holiday Market is taking place Saturday, December 14 from 1-5 p.m. The Holiday Market will be located inside a HEATED tent at Maryland Plaza. More than a dozen local vendors will be on site. Shop handmade crafts, jewelry, art, photography, baked goods and more!
La Presh Design
This Bath is the Bomb
Lauren Michelle Tracy
Crafts by Tess
Party Favors by Val H
Anne Warfield Photography
Debbie Fenelon Photography
Paintbrush Tail Studio
The Smug Mutt
Girl Scout Troop
Veteran Women of Influence
Art by Seals
Johnson Family Workshop
Lux and Nyx
Tea with Santa
MaryAnn’s Tea Room
Saturday, December 14 & 21
Families can enjoy a warm drink and a visit with St. Nick during this very special event at MaryAnn’s Tea Room. On December 14 and 21, enjoy “Tea with Santa” from 3-5 p.m. Tickets are $24.95 per guest and includes unlimited tea, delicious scones, the finest finger sandwiches, and a pretty petit four. By reservation only. Please call 314-361-5303 to reserve your seat.