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Holiday Pops Spectacular

St. Louis’ Compton Heights Concert Band will present its 19th Annual Holiday Pops Spectacular concert on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at the gorgeously holiday decorated Skip Viragh Performing Arts Center with 2 exciting performances; a 2:00 PM matinee and a 7:30 PM gala!

The joyous concerts are headlined by St. Louis’ favorite Tenor of the World, Hugh Smith, Winter Opera’s founder and superb soprano, Gina Galati, and the booming baritone voice of Robert Ellison! This trio captivated the audience during the Compton Heights Band’s summer series and last year’s Holiday extravaganza.

The 60 piece Compton Heights Concert Band led by its maestro and Music Director, Edward Dolbashian, will present a varied audience friendly program of holiday favorites, carols, sacred classics and pops, concluding in an amazing spectacular audience sing-along finale, Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, led by the three stars and the combined East Central College, Mo. And Olney, Illinois Community choirs.

This concert will be an unforgettable Holiday experience and magnificent joyful start to the Holiday season! Tickets are available on-line through “Tix” or by phone directly from the Compton Heights Band. Group tickets are available for groups of 10 or more at a 5% discount. Gold Patron tickets are a special tradition at the Band’s annual Holiday Pops Spectacular and include the best seats in the house, a delightful post-concert catered reception by LoRusso’s Cucina featuring various hors d’oeuvres, a bar, free valet parking and opportunities to meet, greet, and be photographed with the 3 stars, Hugh, Gina and Bob! It’s another way to start off the Holiday season on a merry, merry note!
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Carnevale Masquerade Ball on Saturday, February 10, 2018.

Carnevale is an annual tradition in all regions of Italy. Ciao St Louis is proud to present the first annual Carnevale Masquerade Ball on Saturday, February 10, 2018.
All are welcome! You do not need to be Italian–just like Italian culture, food, people or a great party!
We look forward to seeing you! Don’t forget your mask!


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7 must-see holiday light displays in St. Louis

There’s nothing quite like an evening stroll under twinkling holidays lights to celebrate the season.  St. Louis has plenty of amazing lights displays to enjoy. Make a weekend of it and here are seven must see holiday light displays.

Way of Lights | Through December 31

Families from across the region will once again flock to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows for the annual Way of Lights Christmas display. This unique display features a mile-and-a-half drive of over one million lights and displays that include life-size biblical statues taking visitors on a journey to Bethlehem.

Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park | Through December 30

Don’t miss your chance to see one of the most popular Christmas light displays in the area. For over 30 years, Tilles Park in St. Louis County has been making memories for families across the region with its Winter Wonderland. The park is filled with millions of twinkling lights and various holiday scenes.

Garden Glow | Through January 1

Enjoy a million lights at Missouri Botanical Garden at its annual Garden Glow, one of the city’s most beloved festive enterprises.  The hundreds of thousands of lights adorn some of the Garden’s most iconic locations including Climatron®, Kaeser Memorial Maze, the Central Axis and Tower Grove House. Walkways will be transformed into an explosion of visual magic, while more traditional displays will delight crowds of all ages. Your admission includes the chance to see the Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show.

U.S. Bank Wild Lights | Through December 30

Stroll through the Saint Louis Zoo’s enchanting holiday wonderland and enjoy over half a million twinkling lights and festive fun for the whole family!  In addition listen to fireside storytellers and tuck in to sticky s’mores fireside.

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights | Through January 1

Experience Anheuser Busch-Brewery all decked out for the holidays.  Enjoy walking tours, along with free samples of AB products for those 21 and over, thousands of twinkling lights, s’mores stations and one monumental display of holiday spirits.

Santa’s Magical Kingdom | Through January 7

Millions of lights and dozens of holiday scenes fill Jellystone Park near Six Flags St. Louis in Eureka. You can see Santa’s flying reindeer, travel through the Candy Cane Village or visit the Waterfall of Lights. After seeing the lights, head over to Kringle’s General Store for a little holiday shopping.

Inaugural Magic of Lights | Through January 1

Gateway Motorsports Park, will transform into a festive wonderland with the Magic of Lights™ drive-through Christmas lights experience this holiday season.  The family-friendly “one carload, one price” holiday attraction will run from dusk each evening to 10 p.m.



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Meet Emanuele Fontanini at Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows

Emanuele Fontanini

Sunday, November 26, 2017
3 – 6 p.m.

Seth (Tour Figure)

Seth (Tour Figure)

Tour Figure: Seth (boy with cats)
Limited Edition:  Filla (girl with cats)
New:  Armone (produce merchant), Clement (boy with pig), Donkey with cross, Gilam ( viewing man), Giorgio (trader), Julian (parchment maker), Herschel (young carpenter),  Silvanus(knife sharpener)

To guarantee product availability, purchase NOW or, receive a 10% discount on all Fontanini pieces purchased the day of the event between
3 – 6 p.m.

Check back for information on the Fontanini Limited Event Piece
(All figures purchased during the event can be signed.)

Visit the gift shop any time throughout the Way of Lights to enter a drawing for a chance to win a Fontanini Nativity set!

Call 618-394-6230 for more information.


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An Exhibit featuring Ancient Rome on the Hill

An Exhibit featuring Ancient Rome

Where in the world would you find public baths warmed by thermal springs, elevators lifting live wild animals onto an arena battlefield, paved roads throughout the empire, citizens dressed in ‘sheets,’ a currency system and grand monuments depicting ‘glorious’ dictators?

Where is the place that believers of a religious idea were martyred, yet later the society that carried out the executions adopted the teachings of same group, thereby changing the course of human history?

ROME!!  And you can learn more about it at the Hill Neighborhood Center!!

The Hill Neighborhood Center was invited to host a display on key features of ancient Rome with a highlight on the Vatican. Annette Graebe and Barbara Klein created the exhibit as part of Collinsville’s Italian Fest 2017.

After Collinsville, the exhibit traveled to the Hill where it will stay until December 17, 2017.

It then travels to Herrin, IL where many residents of Herrin and of the Hill share familial connections.

The Hill Neighborhood Center will have extended hours during the Rome exhibition. We’ll be open on:

Wednesdays 4pm-8pm

Thursdays 10am-6pm (closed Thanksgiving day)

Fridays 10am-3pm

Saturdays 10am-5pm

Any time is available by appointment. Please call!

The display is complimentary for all visitors (donations to the Center are welcome).

If you have questions, please call LynnMarie Alexander at the Center 314.260.9162 or at 314.556.2437

The Hill Neighborhood Center

1935 Marconi (on the corner of Marconi and Daggett)

St. Louis MO  63110

Grazie Mille!

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U.S. Bank Wild Lights

When: Starts Nov. 24. Wednesdays-Sundays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Dec. 18-23, 5-8:30 p.m. and Dec. 26-30, 5-8:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 17
Price: $7-$10

Last year readers of USA Today determined that the Saint Louis Zoo (1 Government Drive; had the third-best holiday light display in the country. Buoyed by that ranking, the zoo is determined this year to come out on top — so expect to be dazzled by U.S. Bank Wild Lights. This year’s light installation is open from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday (November 24 to December 17) and then goes nightly from December 18 to 23 and December 26 to 30. There will be carolers and costumed characters, fireside storytellers and children’s craft projects in the Woodland Workshop. Penguin & Puffin Coast, Sea Lion Sound and the Monsanto Insectarium are all open during the evening event, as is the gift shop. Admission is $7 to $10.

— Paul Friswold


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St. Charles Christmas Traditions

When: Starts Nov. 24. Fri., Nov. 24, 11 a.m., Saturdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sundays, 12-5 p.m. and Wednesdays, Fridays, 6-9 p.m. Continues through Dec. 24
Price: free admission

With Thanksgiving officially out of the way, we progress on to (sigh) Christmas (look, I don’t make the rules). If you’re a fan, there’s only one place you should be: St. Charles Christmas Traditions. Historic downtown St. Charles harkens back to an earlier generation’s Christmas, with chestnut roasters, carolers and costumed Santas from around the world wandering its brick streets. Following the opening ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday, November 24, at Frontier Park (First Capitol Drive and South Riverside Drive;, the Santas partake in a parade with their seasonal friends (the parade is repeated at 1:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday ’til Christmas). The Cobblestone Wassailers sing after the parade, followed by the Land of Sweets dance party. You can get in a little shopping or just soak up the atmosphere. St. Charles Christmas Traditions continues from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through December 24. Those Wednesday nights are also Krampusnachts, when Krampus, the Mouse King and Belsnickel make their appearances — bring your naughty kids and it’ll straighten ’em up quickly, before it’s too late. Admission is free.

— Paul Friswold
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“The comedian’s comedian” (People Magazine) is taking his “braggadocios” (Billboard) stand-up routine to more than 10 cities across the U.S. this fall including stops in never-before-headlined markets Nashville, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Louisville, St. Louis & more

Sebastian Adds Momentum to 2017 “Top 20 Global Concert Tour” (Pollstar)

Sebastian Maniscalco continues to build upon arguably the most successful year of his career yet: In 2016 he was named Just For Laughs Stand Up “Comedian of the Year,” selected for People Magazine’s annual “Ones to Watch” package, and his third hit special Why Would You Do That? was declared Showtime’s most successful comedy/variety special premiere in 2016. This year, shortly after welcoming his daughter, Serafina, into the world with his wife Lana, he set the record for most consecutive comedy appearances at the Borgata with a seven-performance stint in Atlantic City in early July. Maniscalco continues to adhere to the voice he describes as “always in the back of my head saying ‘Don’t rest!’,” as he takes what The New York Times calls his “own kind of panache” across the U.S. this fall.  Tickets on sale now at:                                                                           .

“I just had to go on tour this fall because with a new baby, comes new material,” shares Sebastian.

Dubbed “one of the hottest comics” by Newsday and “one of the funniest comics working stand-up today” by Esquire,Sebastian’s live performance has become a critically-acclaimed event, with the Los Angeles Times raving, “onstage, there’s an impatience to Maniscalco’s delivery as well, a hair-trigger exasperation with people and modern life, punctuated with baffled expressions, percussive thumps on the microphone and wide-swung leg kicks more associated with an Olympic speed-skater than a stand-up comic.”

In addition to starring in his wildly popular podcast as heard on SiriusXM , “The Pete and Sebastian Show,” Maniscalco is making several major motion picture appearances this year including a voice-over role in the animated feature “Nut Job 2,” a role in the New Line Feature comedy “The House” starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, as well as a role in the independent drama “Cruise,” directed by Rob Siegel and produced by Jeremy Renner.


Tickets: $39.75 – $59.75 / VIP: $125 – $250 / Showtime: 7:00PM

Call: 314-622-2551 /

The Peabody Opera House is located at 1400 Market St. St. Louis, MO 63103

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Sicilian Cultural Association Christmas Party

Santa Claus is coming to town with his Elves.
Bring your family, children, grandkids and friends.
When: Sunday December 10, 2017
Time: 4:30 – 9:00 pm
Where: Orlando Gardens
2050 Dorsett Village Plaza
Maryland Heights, Missouri 63043
Santa will arrive promptly at 5:00 pm
Music by: That’s Amore DJ
Open Bar – 5:00-9:00 pm
includes Soft drinks, Wine and Beer
Members – $10.00
Guests – $25.00
Children under 6-Free and 6 – 18 $10.00

Raffle 6- $5.00. And a Big Screen 49”TV Raffle $5.00 each
Please let us know the names and ages of the children and names of the adults who are coming when you make reservations.
PLEASE RSVP BY DECEMBER 5th to:Tanina Santangelo or 314-846-0202 or
Phyllis Sansone or 636-461-0329

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