Your Guide to Winter Arts Events in STL

 In Culture

COCA arts classes for all ages in dance, theater, voice, art & design, fitness and early childhood begin Jan. 20. Plus, the organization continues its performance series, COCA Presents, offering wonderful family theater, including “Three Little Birds,” a sweet show for ages 4 and up featuring the beloved music of Bob Marley!

524 Trinity Ave.,
St. Louis, MO 63130
314.725.6555 |





CAM presents a survey of acclaimed artist Lisa Yuskavage’s bold vision for contemporary figurative painting, as well as the first solo American museum exhibition of Arcangelo Sassolino’s anthropomorphic, kinetic sculptures. Also, don’t miss work by Tala Madani, Arlene Shechet, Peter Sutherland, Ned Vena, The Propeller Group and CAM’s ArtReach students.

3750 Washington Blvd.,
St. Louis, MO 63108
314.535.0770 |







Head to Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design Gallery Shop to see their famous Holiday Hand-Blown Glass Ornaments, and while you’re there, do your holiday shopping! The shop has curated a great collection of work by hundreds of talented local and national artists. Give the gift of American handmade from Craft Alliance this holiday season and help support art in our community.

6640 Delmar Blvd.,
St. Louis, MO 63130
314.725.1177 |




For your holiday shopping, dining and entertainment, Historic Downtown Maplewood has it all. Kick off the holidays with the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce Christmas Tree Walk on Friday, Dec. 4 at 6pm in Citizens National Bank Park. Then stay for merchant open houses where you will find artisan-crafted gifts, food and a little something for everyone on your shopping list.

Manchester Road and Marshall Ave.,
Maplewood, MO 63143
314.781.8588 |






Jazz at the Bistro is celebrating the holidays with shows like “A Very Manley Christmas with Jim Manley’s Mad Brass & Rhythm” (Dec. 11-12), “Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O” (Dec. 16-19), and a swingin’ rendition of the “Nutcracker Suite,” as performed by Duke Ellington’s Big Band (Dec. 21-23).

3536 Washington Ave.,
St. Louis, MO 63103
314.571.6000 |





The 2016 Loop Ice Carnival kicks off Friday, Jan. 15 with the Snow Ball at the Moonrise Hotel. On Saturday, Jan. 16, enjoy 50-plus ice sculptures, $1,000 in Ice Cubes Give Away, Putt-Putt Pub Crawl, human dog sled races, frozen-turkey bowling, ice demonstrations, stilt walkers, fire performers and much more!

The Loop Special Business Districts,
St. Louis, MO 63130 |


“World War I: War of Images, Images of War” presents a unique investigation of the art and visual culture of the First World War by examining both the ways combatant nations utilized visual propaganda, and how individual artists developed their own visual language to convey and cope with the horrors they witnessed.

On view through Jan. 4, 2016

Washington University in St. Louis
Corner of Forsyth and Skinker boulevards,
314.935.4523 |




Cathedral Concerts—where all of St. Louis experiences great music in a great space! This spring, Cathedral Concerts presents the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra; The Bach Society of St. Louis performing Fauré’s “Requiem;” the Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge; and Cathedra, all in the heavenly setting of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

4431 Lindell Blvd.,
St. Louis, MO 63108
314.533.7662 |






Enjoy your favorite artists in the perfect acoustics of The Sheldon! From jazz and folk to classical and bluegrass, the season features Ruthie Foster, Cyrus Chestnut, Tom Chapin, Danilo Pérez and much more! Call MetroTix at 314.534.1111 or visit

3648 Washington Blvd.,
St. Louis, MO 63108
314.533.9900 |





ALIVE_December_p085r2-6SOHA GALLERY
This holiday season, SOHA Gallery is the perfect destination for the art-lover on your list. The HO! HO! Holiday Show, opening Nov. 21 and running through Jan. 3, 2016, features 100-plus handcrafted works made by artists living and creating in the city of St. Louis. New work comes in each week, giving youplenty of reason to shop multiple times through out the season. Plus, at this “cash and carry” event, you’ll be supporting artists, financially and creatively, as well as SOHA Gallery.

4915 Macklind Ave.,
St. Louis, MO 63109
314.497.5202 |





Go on a heart-pounding adventure through the magical music of John Williams. Hear the famous scores from the “Star Wars” series before the much-anticipated release of “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens”, as well as selections from “Harry Potter,” “Jurassic Park,” “Superman,” “Home Alone” and more! Music of John Williams, Dec. 11-13

718 N. Grand Blvd.,
St. Louis, MO 63103
314.534.1700 |





Located in Forest Park, Steinberg Skating Rink is the largest outdoor skating rink in the Midwest boasting more than 27,000 square feet of frozen fun. Open all day, every day for public skating including all holidays. Embrace winter and skate under the canopy of lights that bring the stars to the ice. It’s a truly magical experience. The Snowflake Cafe offers food, beverages, beer and wine. Indoor and rink side seating are available, as well as a bonfire to stay warm.

400 Jefferson Drive,
St. Louis, MO 63110
314.367.7465 |

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