Lace up your ice skates and glide along Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park. The outdoor rink is a great place for skaters of all abilities to spend the day. Not so sure about skating? You can warm up at the rink's bonfire or grab a bite in the Snowflake Cafe while you watch. The rink is open from 10 a.m. to midnight. Admission is $7 and skate rentals are $6 (cash only). Steinberg Skating Rink is located at 400 Jefferson Drive, St. Louis, MO, 63110. Call 314-361-0613 for details.
Serve Christmas dinner at lunch and make plans for some late-night family fun. Weather permitting, Hidden Valley will open their ski slopes from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tubing will be available from 6 p.m. to midnight. Call 636-938-5373
The Silver Screen
Area movie theaters are open on Christmas day, a popular day for new releases.
Shaw Nature Reserve
The grounds of Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit are open to visitors though the visitors center and educational facilities are all closed on Christmas. Burn off a heavy Christmas breakfast with a stroll along the marsh boardwalk or through the native prairie. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors (65 and up). Shaw Nature Reserve is located at Highway 100 and I-44 in Gray Summit, MO, 63039. Call 636-451-3512 for details.
Missouri Conservation Areas
If Santa left binoculars, boots, backpacks or GPS equipment under the tree, Christmas day is the perfect time to try them out, and conservation areas are the perfect place to do it. The visitors centers will be closed, but conservation areas managed by the Missouri Department Conservation are open on Christmas. Fish, hike, bird watch and more at Missouri Department of Conservation Areas, including Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area and Rockwoods Reservation.
Holiday Light Displays
Several area light displays are open on Christmas, including Santa's Magical Kingdom and Winter Wonderland (closed Christmas Eve). Learn more about these light displays in Best Bets for Holiday Light Displays.
Sit down to a lovely holiday meal with your family without spending all day in the kitchen. While most shops will be closed, enjoy the decorations in Historic St. Charles and a great meal at Tony's On Main Street, which will offer a Christmas Day buffet 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; call 636-578-2978 for reservations. Families can also enjoy a Christmas Feast at picturesque Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton, Illinois, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
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