7 Things You Must Do This Month
1/ Put a Ring On It
Spend an unforgettable night with Beyoncé at Scottrade Center as the Queen Bey makes her Midwestern stop on the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour Dec. 14. Don’t miss the chance to see for yourself Beyoncé’s electrifying dances, glamorous costumes and brilliantly produced stage show as she belts out fan-favorite hits like “Single Ladies” and “Love on Top.” For tickets, visit scottradecenter.com
2/ Raise a Hand
Join ALIVE for the first-ever Handmade Holiday Party at Monarch Private Event Space on Dec. 5. Celebrate the season by sipping Bud Select beer, Skinnygirl wine or Pinnacle vodka cocktails while you peruse a generous selection of handmade gifts and enjoy music by DJ TrashTalk. With all items ethically imported and locally sourced, you can make everyone on your list feel extra special this year with truly one-of-a-kind gifts. For tickets, visit handmadeholidaystl.eventbrite.com.
3/ Hit the Streets
Grand Center hosts First Night, a family friendly street festival celebrating the new year. Enjoy open-air entertainment and delicious food on the streets of Grand Center. Then, warm up inside one of the venues and listen to featured performances. The evening wraps up with a bang with a dazzling midnight fireworks display to ring in 2014. This year, the festival also celebrates the beginning of St. Louis’ 250th anniversary year. For tickets, visit grandcenter.org.
4/ Buddy Up
Enjoy a whimsical night with “ELF The Musical,” presented for the first time at The Fox, Dec. 17-29. Adapted from the beloved Will Ferrell holiday film, this Broadway musical follows the hilarious adventures of Buddy the Elf as he travels from the North Pole to New York City to find his birth father. For tickets, visit fabulousfox.com.
5/ Get Cracking
A longstanding holiday tradition, “The Nutcracker” graces the stage of Touhill Performing Arts Center Dec. 20-29. Saint Louis Ballet never fails to captivate audiences with flawless dance accompanied by the classic music we all know and love. Ignite your imagination with a journey to the Land of Sweets, complete with a larger-than-life Nutcracker and Mouse King. For tickets, visit touhill.org.
6/ Wrap it Up
Kiss 2013 goodbye at the city’s hottest New Year’s Eve parties, presented by SYNERGY Productions. From luxurious dinners to chic parties and thumping nightclubs, there is sure to be a celebration to suit every style. Revelers will enjoy premium drinks, the city’s best DJs, live music and a champagne toast at midnight. For tickets and more information, visit stlnye.com.
7/ Dress to Impress
Edith Head, the most beloved and recognized costume designer of classic Hollywood, is commemorated in “A Conversation With Edith Head” Dec. 6-7 at The Sheldon. Experience a cabaretstyle evening with Susan Claassen starring as the 35-time Academy Award nominee, sharing stories of glamour and ambition from her six decades designing for stars like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. For tickets, visit thesheldon.org.
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