The Holidays at St. Louis Union Station

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The Holidays at St. Louis Union Station

This past summer our family took a road trip to St. Louis, Missouri and explored the historic St. Louis Union Station. We were able to tour the upcoming St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station, the fun restaurants, the gigantic Ferris wheel and more. I am happy to announce that everything is now open or will be officially open in the next upcoming weeks!

The St. Louis Union Station is truly a magical place, but during the holidays they really go all out. If you and your family are looking for a fun and festive long weekend away, plan a trip to celebrate the Holidays at St. Louis Union Station.

Polar Express Train Ride

There is no better way to get into the Holiday spirit then jumping on a train and heading to the North Pole. What better place to catch a train to the North Pole than at the historic St. Louis Union Station? You will journey to the North Pole where your children will receive a keepsake present.

The entire experience is filled with singing, dancing, stories and more. The conductor and chefs spend the entire time interacting with your children. Monte and Amelia loved every moment of this experience.

While waiting to board the train they offer a tent (that is heated) filled with fun activities for the kids. They even had the movie The Polar Express playing as well.

Magical Meals in the Grand Hall

The Grand Hall at the St. Louis Union Station is gorgeous. Enjoy a delicious meal while interacting with Polar Express characters before jumping on the Polar Express. The Grand Hall is decorated with lights, trees, and holiday treats. You will not want to miss The Polar Express 3-D holiday light and music show that is displayed on the ceiling of the Grand Hall.

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The Magical Meal is offered on select nights of the Polar Express rides in buffet style. They offer a buffet for adults and one buffet specifically curated for children.

Hotel Packages

The magic does not end with just a train ride to the North Pole! Take it a step further and book one of St. Louis Union Station’s hotel packages which include a decorated suite, gifts, tickets and more. Packages vary and sell out quickly, so book soon!

You can also book a room that overlooks the St. Louis Aquarium at St. Louis Station. When we stayed they were just finishing up final touches of the aquarium but we could see the sea otters from our room!

The Wheel at St. Louis Station

All of your holiday fun does not stop at the Polar Express. Jump on The Wheel at St. Louis Union Station. This Ferris wheel is 200 feet high and is open all year round. Take a ride to the very top and enjoy beautiful views of St. Louis, Missouri. You will not want to miss this iconic ride.

You will definitely want to ride once during the day and once at night. Both are magical experiences!

The Soda Fountain

The Soda Fountain at Union Station is an experience of its own. They offer simple lunch items such as a Chicago Dog, cheeseburger, tuna melt, and onion rings but their shakes are too die for!

We indulged in some of their booze shakes while the kids were in heaven sipping and eating their Cotton Candy Shake. They do not mess around!

The Train Shed

The Train Shed is another great place to eat at the St. Louis Union Station. They offer 12 rotating taps, unique and delicious foods (the Stuffed Spuds are to die for!) and the decor is fun. They did not offer a children’s menu but were very flexible when ordering for the kids. It was a great spot to grab dinner before The Polar Express!

Carousel, Playground, and Mini Golf, Oh my!

The green space between near the St. Louis Ferris Wheel offers a fun playground, mini-golf, and a carousel. This is a great place for fun and play. They also offer a station where people can grab a hot cocoa or an adult beverage and yes, you can bring all of the above onto the Ferris Wheel.

This area is filled with so much fun and walking distance from your hotel room and aquarium.

St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station

St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station opens on Christmas Day! Put on your antler ears or Santa hat and spend your day exploring and getting hands-on at the St. Louis Aquarium. This 120,000 square foot aquarium will offer animal encounters, over 60 sharks and rays, and 13,000 freshwater and aquatic animals.

The aquarium is filled with fish and sharks but also tons of hands-on experiences. You can even participate in a scavenger hunt as you explore the aquarium and win a prize!

St. Louis Ropes Course + Mirror Maze

After exploring the St. Louis Aquarium soars 3-stories up and walk around the St. Louis Ropes Course. This fun course is filled with more than 90,000 cubic feet of climbing space and 30 obstacles. This mom got a bit nervous, but Monte loved it!

You may want to explore the Mirror Maze before lunch! This fun maze is a reimagined experience from the 1904 World’s Fair filled with interactive experiences and more.

If you are looking for a unique and magical experience for your family this holiday season, plan your trip to the St. Louis Union Station. Your one-stop place to eat, play, explore and imagine.


Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

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