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The best food and drink events in St. Louis this weekend: Nov. 18-20

Christmas Market weekend events

There are several holiday markets to enjoy in St. Louis this weekend. 

Can you ever really start the holiday season too soon? This weekend, we launch into the festivities with St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Pop & Shop event, downtown Kirkwood's Holiday Walk (including pictures with santa) and the annual Festival of Lights in Kiener Plaza. 


Withered Oak 5-Year Bourbon and Rye Whiskey Release Party 

"Withered Oak, the innovative line of aged spirits from the team behind the St. Louis premium craft-beverage brand, 4 Hands Brewing Co., will release their limited 2022 5 Year Bourbon Whiskey and 5 Year Straight Rye Whiskey on Friday, Nov. 18. A limited allotment of Withered Oak 5 Year Straight Bourbon and Rye bottles will be available for purchase at 4 Hands Brewing Co’s Tasting Room (1220 S. 8th St.) on Friday, November 18th beginning at 4 p.m., along with a release party. The release party will feature Withered Oak cocktails from STL Barkeep, live music, and more." Free admission. 

Harvest Fest at 9 Mile Garden

"Celebrate fall with our Harvest Fest! Join us on Nov. 18 and 19 for autumn fun for the whole family. We'll have local artisans, crafters, jewelers, farmers and other vendors. Plus, we'll have live music, beer, spirits samples, drink specials and your food truck favorites!" Free admission. From 4 p.m. to midnight on Friday, and noon to midnight on Saturday. 


Puerto Rican Festival

"De Mi Madre Aprendí, LLC in partnership with Urban Eats will celebrate Puerto Rican traditions in St. Louis on Nov. 19 from 1 to 5 p.m. Enjoy food at Urban Eats and dance to the beats of DJ Big Papa G. Discover craft vendors at The Wink, live music by Bomba Y Plena and folk dances from Danza Puertorriqen`a. Pulled chicken, roasted pork, onion escabeche and a black bean and corn salsa with cheese and drinks will be served." Free admission. 

Festival of Lights in Kiener Plaza

"The Ameren Missouri Festival of Lights returns in 2022 to usher in the holiday season in St. Louis, light The Salvation Army tree of lights and open Winterfest. Join us for a family friendly and free event in Kiener Plaza while enjoying local holiday themed talent performances, new vendors booths and exhibits, photo ops with mascots, real live reindeer and a magical fireworks finale. Pull out those hats and mittens and join us at Kiener Plaza for a St. Louis winter evening among all the bright lights." Free admission. From noon to 8:30 p.m. 

Downtown Kirkwood's Holiday Walk 

"There will be fun for the entire family at Downtown Kirkwood’s Holiday Walk in downtown Kirkwood Saturday, Nov. 19. Beginning at 9 a.m., holiday shopping, free entertainment and refreshments will make this day a festive way to begin your celebration of the holiday season. Santa will pose for photos outside the Kirkwood Train Station from 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m." Free admission. 


St. Louis Post-Dispatch Pop & Shop

"Get in the holiday spirit at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Holiday Pop & Shop event from 1 to 4 p.m. Guests will enjoy complimentary brunch bites, cozy cocktails, shopping from local vendors and more! VIP exclusive shopping begins an hour early, from noon until 4 p.m. General admission shopping is from 1 to 4 p.m. Must be 21 or older to attend." Tickets range from $15 to $35. 

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If you haven't gotten your holiday market trip in this season, this weekend has some gems for you: Check out the Ladue Holiday Walk, Winter Market in Edwardsville, Illinois and Tower Grove's Holiday Market, to name a few. If you'd prefer a different way to welcome the season, there's a whiskey release and bar crawl that might pique your interest.