#ALIVEHoliday: 5 Food and Drink Events to Attend

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1/ Through Dec. 24: Ever want to eat in a life-size gingerbread house? Now you can, thanks to Ameristar and River City Casino. For a $25 donation to the Center for Hearing and Speech, guests will reserve a table for the Gingerbread House Experience. A three-course prefix $25 “Not So Silent Night” menu will be served, offering glazed ham, fresh pumpkin pie and more. Ameristar Casino, 1 Ameristar Blvd., St. Charles, 636.949.7777; 777 River City Casino Blvd., South City, 314.388.7777

Photo by David Lancaster

Photo by David Lancaster

2/ Through Dec. 30: St. Louis Union Station has been transformed into a winter wonderland complete with holiday favorite book and film The Polar Express. Not only is the train real, guests can dress in their favorite pajamas and take a ride to the North Pole while enjoying hot cocoa before returning to meet Santa. The whole family can also take part in the pajama party Holiday Dinner Adventure in the Majestic Grand Hall. For $25 per person, enjoy a festive dinner with menu items like cheese tortellini with bolognese sauce, autumn rice and a dessert buffet while experiencing live character scenes and a special panoramic light show with showing clips from the movie “Polar Express”—plus, each guest will get a commemorative mug to take home. There is also an option to partake only in the dessert buffet for $15. Seating times run every night through Dec. 30. 1820 Market St., Downtown, 314.421.6655

3/ Dec. 19: Want to up you cooking chops for the holidays? L’école Culinaire offers public classes for amateur chefs and this Friday, you can learn how to really impress guests from your own kitchen. The teaching staff will help home cooks learn to bake pies, appetizers and cookies in a hands-on setting. 9811 South 40 Drive, Ladue, 314.587.2433

4/ Dec. 19-20: Celebrate the season with family and friends with dinner before “The Nutcracker” at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. A three-course dinner—with kid-friendly options—can be enjoyed in the festively decorated Lee Theater before seeing the classic performance by the Saint Louis Ballet on the stage. Tickets are $35 for dinner and are purchased separately from the show. One University Blvd., St. Louis, 314.516.4949

5/ Dec. 20: Shop for holiday meal needs, pick up last-minute holiday gifts and get your drink on all at the same time at Schlafly’s Winter Market and Holiday Fair. During the cold winter months, the local Maplewood market moves inside Schlafly Bottleworks, where fresh produce like greens and turnips can be found as well as meat and cheese vendors, baked goods and more. While the market ends at noon, many local artisans will be joining the farmers market until 2pm such as Hot Skillet Farms, The ReTrailer and more. At 9am, brunch will be served, so you can even enjoy a coffee stout or Bloody Mary while shopping. 7260 Southwest Ave., Maplewood, 314.241.2337

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