Have brunch with Santa, compete in a hot dog-eating contest or learn how to decorate Christmas cookies.
"Celebrate the week drawing to a close by stopping in to CAM for an evening view of the fall exhibitions paired with happy hour specials on beer, wine, and cocktails! For this season only, enjoy Drink in Art Happy Hour while one of the movies linked to Stephanie Syjuco's Rogue States installation is on view in the café. A new movie will be shown each week. Rogue States consists of 22 flags featured in Hollywood and European movies that depict fictional “enemy” nations from the view of the West. The flags hang in CAM’s performance space like a United Nations-style convention. Learn more about Rogue States at camstl.org/stephanie-syjuco." From 5 to 8pm.
"Help Edrington-Americas and Blood & Sand give back to the community we all belong to. This is a featured party highlighting all the good we have been doing for the month of December. Stop in and try a #craftcocktail from the featured menu, use the QR code, and Edrington-Americas will give back $5 to the #charity of your choice. We will have featured cocktails focusing on Highland Park Whisky12yr, Snow Leopard Vodka, Partida Tequila Reposado, Brugal USA 1888 Rum, Noble Oak Spirits Double Oaked Bourbon, and Naked Grouse Whisky. The party on December 13th from 6-9 will also have Amanda Tucker, local Edrington Representative, on hand to answer any and all of your questions about these delicious spirits. Bring in a new wrapped toy and you will receive a FREE cocktail of your choice from the featured menu. All donated toys will be going to Santa's Helpers, Inc." From 6 to 9pm.
"On Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15, Boathouse at Forest Park will host a family-friendly, dog-friendly brunch with Santa Claus. Dish favorites include Huevos Rancheros, Breakfast Burritos, Sugarfire Brisket Pulled Pork sandwich and other traditional breakfast and lunch items. Guests can enjoy hot chocolate, apple cider, complimentary photo opportunities with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus paired with lakeside dining. Pictures will be available for purchase. Reservations preferred, call Boathouse at 314-366-1555." Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 2pm.
"It's that time of year again! We'll be clearing out our beer cellar and tapping a ton of specialty, limited release, and tasty high ABV beers!" From 11am to 2pm.
"Get ready to shop, sip, and support because Budweiser Brew House is hosting their annual Boutiques and Bubbles on December 14th benefiting the Belleville Area Humane Society! Join us upstairs in Crown Room to POP the Bubbly, and enjoy 10 of the best local boutiques around the St. Louis area! Perfect for a girls day out, or simply checking off those Christmas lists. Mimosa package available at the door for purchase, including donations benefiting co-host Belleville Area Humane Society. Swag Bags available on site for the first 50 guests to attend!" From 11am to 3pm.
"Join us at the Vino Gallery for an intimate and festive pop up! Shop eight local handmade brands, sip delicious wine, and enjoy live music by Gavin M. in the afternoon and Alexis. in the evening. Bring your friends and enjoy the merriment!" From 2 to 8pm.
"Na Zdravi to another year of great Czech Pilsners and St. Louis Craft Brewing. The Great St. Louis Czech Beer Festival celebrates everything pivo (beer) from the glorious pilsners of Praha to the quirky ales of America. At the event you will have the opportunity to sample several Czech import beers as well as more than 40+ local craft brews ranging in all styles of pivo. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for The Pivo of the Year Award, which is given to one Czech style American pilsner each year. In the dining room you will find our unique Czech inspired bar food and appetizers for sale including Paprikash Meatballs, Stuffed Pickles, Savory Kolache, Pretzels and more. Every general admission ticket gets you 1 souvenir sampling glass, 4 hours of unlimited beer samples, live music during the duration of the event, and access to the food and merchandise booths." Tickets are $25 and are available here. From 1 to 5pm.
"Our spicy hot dog eating contest is back! This time we are making it a little more competitive. We dialed back the heat to our Chicago Fire sauce and the dogs are 1/8 lb, so our contestants can eat more! $15 entry fee. $150 winner-takes-all prize. Runner-up receives $30 Steve’s Hot Dogs gift certificate." Starts at 3pm.
"Have you ever eaten something so magnificent it evokes an overwhelming emotion? Maybe it triggers a pleasant memory from childhood or reminds you of some special dish a beloved family member used to make. Or perhaps it's completely new to you and as you're enjoying it you're creating an altogether new memory. Bringing back the beauty of coffee table books, Tai Davis [Pastry] does just that by conveying the feelings and elegance of pastry art in print. Tai Davis will discuss Tai Davis [Pastry], answer questions, and sign books at Left Bank Books. Attendance is free and open to the public. Books for signing are available from Left Bank Books in advance or on site." Starts at 4pm.
"For one night only, owner and chef Mike Johnson of Sugarfire Smoke House and Hi-Pointe Drive-In will join Craig Verhage, 'The BBQ Ninja,' of Ubons BBQ and Johnny Maness of Salt Lick BBQ for a coursed-dinner at The Skullery, located inside of BEAST Butcher & Block. The 36-seat dining space known as St. Louis’ first 'fire-to-table' experience, The Skullery offers guests a face-to-face view of live fire and promises more than just a meal. Guests will be able to interact with the chefs and watch as they prepare the coursed-dinner on live-fire grills. The menu will showcase the the trio's take on elevated barbecue, shining light on chef Mike’s fine dining background." Tickets are $80, plus $35 if you want to add drink pairings. At 7 p.m
"Show off your perfectly imperfect holiday sweater at our 1st Annual Ugly Sweater Party this Saturday December 14th featuring DJ Deception spinning all your favorite Top 40, Hip Hop and Electro-House favorites. FREE COVER FOR ANYONE WEARING AN UGLY SWEATER. Saturdays are Ladies night. Free entry for the Ladies before midnight, only $5 after. Free Cover with Military or College ID." From 10pm to 3am.
"Up on the rooftop at Hotel Saint Louis, enjoy a hot breakfast with good ol' Santa Claus! Call 314-241-4300 to make your reservation today." From 9am to 1pm.
Brunch with Santa at Katie's Pizza & Pasta Osteria in Town & Country
Head to the Town & Country location of Katie's Pizza & Pasta Osteria for a very special brunch featuring jolly old St. Nicholas himself. Enjoy Katie's beloved brunch, plus bottomless blood orange mimosas. From 10am to 2pm.
"Join us every Second Saturday for Yoga+ Beer at Rockwell Beer Co! Make your way over to Rockwell Beer Co. for an hour Long chill yoga class to live music led by Sarah Fuhrmann and Josh Lynn followed by a great beer and even greater company! The kitchen will be open afterwards as well so stay for lunch! 10% of the net profits will be donated to a local nonprofit in STL doing great things for our city!" Tickets are $25 and are available here. From 10am to noon.
"The amazing Chef Grace Dinsmoor is returning for a Spanish Brunch on December 15! We couldn't be more excited about this one, y'all. Grace is top of the line and this food is out of this world." Dishes include tortilla espanola, datiles rellenos, empanadas and more. From 11am to 3pm.
"It’s beginning to look at lot like …cookies! Join us for a holiday cookie decorating class with Yellowbelly pastry chef, MJ Stewart. Guests will enjoy festive cocktails from Tim Wiggins, co-owner and beverage director, while learning how to properly decorate cookies. Show off your skills to family and friends with six cookies to take home." From 1 to 3pm. Tickets are $40, available here.
"The Holiday Market on the Boulevard is located in The Boulevard Mall which is home to Crate&Barrel, Maggiano’s, Soft Surroundings, and many more exciting retailers. The event will be held from 2pm-6pm and will showcase one-of-a-kind offerings from some of St. Louis’s most established artisans, local farmers, and global vendors. Visitors to The Boulevard can shop for unique handmade gifts and indulge in fresh produce, all while enjoying hot cocoa and festive Christmas carolers." From 2 to 6pm.
"Sketchy Sunday is back, and this time your host will be Jason Spencer aka Killer Napkins - the creator of the awesome dragon mural on our patio! Jason will create unique coloring sheets for you, so you can sketch, you can color, or just hang out. The event is free and we'll have drink specials going and the kitchen open till 2am." From 8 to 11pm.