The magical sights of the Gateway Arch Park Foundation's Winterfest return to Keiner Plaza in downtown St. Louis this holiday season. Winterfest includes family fun, beautiful holiday lights, s'mores stations, ice skating and festive activities and fireworks, plus winter markets, special character visits and a New Year's Eve celebration.
PLEASE NOTE as of 12/20: In light of the extreme cold and snow in the forecast for the coming weekend, Gateway Arch Park Foundation will close Winterfest on Friday, Dec. 23 and Saturday, Dec. 24, to ensure safety for guests and staff. Winterfest will reopen to the public for its extended holiday week on Monday, Dec. 26, from 12-8 p.m.
Winterfest is held Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through January 1, but daily from December 27-31.
Winterfest hours are:
Fridays from 4-8 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 8 p.m.
Daily, December 26 - January 1 from noon to 8 p.m.
Winterfest is free to attend.
Special events include:
Visit archpark.org/winterfest for more details.
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