7 Things You Must Do This Month: December
1/ Hop onto your broom and head to The Fox to see the Broadway blockbuster “Wicked,” as it returns to St. Louis for the fourth time in six years. With shows Dec. 12-Jan. 6, the story takes us back to before Dorothy ever brought her ruby red slippers to Oz—when Glinda, the Good Witch, and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, were just two little girls living in very different worlds—one beautiful, ambitious and popular, and the other smart, fiery and misunderstood. For tickets, visit fabulousfox.com.
2/ Get gussied up and celebrate the season with ALIVE at its annual Holiday Party
on Dec. 7 at Mandarin. Sip complimentary Pinnacle Vodka cocktails, Bud Light, Bud Select and Stella Artois, and join the ALIVE family in raising a toast to another great year with the ever-hip crowd of readers, VIPs, clients and friends. For tickets and more information, visit alivemag.com.
3/ Usher in the New Year 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.
Strike A Chord
4/ Experience the one-and-only holiday progrock supergroup Trans-Siberian Orchestra as it brings its acclaimed rock opera “The Lost Christmas Eve” to Scottrade Center on Dec. 27. With more than 8 million albums sold worldwide, Trans-Siberian Orchestra has proven year after year that holiday spirit is here to stay. Catch favorites such as “Christmas Canon Rock” and “Christmas Eve/ Sarajevo 12/24,” amped up with a dazzling display of pyrotechnics, lights and lasers. For tickets, visit scottradecenter.com.
5/ Shop handmade items by St. Louis artists and artisans at the fourth annual Holiday Etsy Sale, Dec. 6 at the Contemporary Art Museum. Etsy has become one of the world’s most popular online marketplaces for creative handmade and vintage items. A carefully curated selection of more than 40 local Etsy vendors will be featured in the sale, bringing shoppers an eclectic variety of one-of-a-kind gifts and holiday décor. Shoppers can also enjoy a cash bar, food truck and music by KDHX DJ Rob Levy of Juxtaposition. For more information, visit camstl.org.
Meet Your Prince
6/ The Moscow Ballet performs one of the world’s most cherished holiday stories, “The Great Russian Nutcracker,” at The Peabody Opera House on Dec. 5. In honor of the 20th anniversary of the production, this year’s performance will be unlike any other—with new additions like a Christmas tree that grows to be seven stories tall, and a new dance titled “Dove of Peace” in which two dancers become one bird. Experience the timeless classic for yourself. For tickets, visit peabodyoperahouse.com.
7/ Discover and celebrate the seven-day festival of Kwanzaa at Saint Louis Art Museum’s Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Culture and Tradition on Dec. 29 at the Ethical Society of St. Louis. Learn about the seven guiding principles of Kwanzaa, known as Nguzo Saba, for building strong families and communities. Plus, take part in some of the holiday’s traditional ceremonies, food and music, while enjoying beautiful performances of African drumming, dance and spoken word. For more information, visit slam.org.
Wicked at the Fox