Fun Holiday Experiences to Put on Your List

(StatePoint) The holiday season is all about family, friends, traditions — and fun! Here are some enjoyable experiences that Missourians can savor and share this season, close to home, as you and yours make new memories together.

A Traditional Christmas Country Church Tour in Rural Missouri

Take a trip back through Missouri history and holiday traditions on the 17th annual Christmas Country Church Tour in Perry County this December 16-17, from 2 p.m. through 9 p.m. daily. This free, self-guided tour allows you to create your own customized route of 31 unique and historical Missouri country churches, ranging from one-room wooden clad buildings to brick-and-mortar masterpieces. Each church is at least a century old and is decorated in the holiday fashion, highlighting each area’s culture and traditions. From German Lutheran to Scot-Irish Presbyterian to English Methodist and more, you’ll experience art, architecture and history, immersed in down-home hospitality that only rural America can give you. Make your next holiday tradition a memorable one in Perryville. A brochure/map is available at visitperrycounty.com and (573) 517-2069.

Holiday Parade, Fireworks & Events in Historic Downtown Sedalia

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Throughout the season, historic downtown Sedalia becomes holiday central, playing host to many festive events. Kick-off the holiday season with the locals in this charming rural community by bringing lawn chairs and blankets to Courthouse Square to view their Thanksgiving night lighting and fireworks display at 7 p.m. The town’s Annual Christmas Parade is on the first Saturday night in December at 7 p.m., three blocks away from the Historic Lamy Building, home to Levi’s Manufacturing for 50 years, now restored into restaurants and shops. Sedalia’s Amtrak Station is just across the street, for easy access. Stay overnight in the historic Hotel Bothwell. Check their calendar of events for Craft Fairs, other holiday activities and lighting displays in Sedalia’s lovely parks. For information, visit www.visitsedaliamo.com.

Relax, Refresh & Recharge in Kirksville!

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Nestled in the heart of Northeast Missouri, Kirksville’s blend of art, recreation and nature is a welcome break from the holiday rush. It boasts an historic downtown square and 3,000-acre state park. Bring the whole family to one of the best sledding hills in Missouri. Go hiking in Thousand Hills State Park. Stroll through the Sue Ross Arts Center or enjoy Final Frontier Friday or Stellar Saturday at the Del and Norma Robison Planetarium on the Truman Campus. Relax at SIP Downtown, Kirksville’s newest wine bar. Eat great food at one of over 40 restaurants. You may even see Santa around town or at the Christmas parade. Enjoy a hotel with indoor pool for the kids. For events and information, go to visitkirksville.com or call (660) 665-3766.

Holiday Traditions & Treats in Sikeston

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Enjoy holiday fun in Sikeston! The traditional Downtown Holiday Open House occurs on November 13-14. Shop downtown merchants for specials and treats, visit with Santa, enjoy wagon rides and holiday music. The annual Tree Lighting in Legion Park is on December 3 at 6 p.m., featuring live Christmas music, food trucks, Santa’s Village and a Parade of Lights following. On December 4, Santa in Candy Land is at the Sikeston Depot Museum & Cultural Center, offering children’s activities and Santa visits. Stop by Lambert’s Cafe for a throwed roll or Kirby’s Sandwich Shop for a famous Kirby burger.  On December 17, enjoy a peaceful evening at a Christmas Church Tour of Scott County’s decorated churches. Round-out your visit at The Yule Log Cabin. For information, visit www.sikeston.net/tourism.

An Olde Fashioned Christmas & More in Washington, MO

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Washington, Missouri is the place to be during the holidays. Whether you enjoy visiting Santa and Mrs. Claus while sipping on hot cocoa, “crawling” around holiday decorated local bars and restaurants, or supporting small businesses by shopping local, there are plenty of fun things to do with family and friends! The season kicks off on Friday, November 26 with a Holiday Parade of Lights, followed by Small Business Saturday and an Olde Fashioned Christmas on Sunday November 28. The Santa on Amtrak event arrives on December 3, with Crawlin’ Around the Christmas Tree on December 4. Another don’t-miss is Santa at the Market & Kid’s Downtown Shopping on December 11. For more information on visiting and the season’s events, call (636) 239-2715 or visit www.visitwashmo.com.

Yuletide Nostalgia & Cheer in Missouri River County

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Find holiday cheer and the magic of the season with your family and friends in Missouri River County. Discover yuletide nostalgia and unique holiday customs from around the world at St. Charles Christmas Traditions, every weekend from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve. Say hello to Santa Claus as he arrives by train into downtown Washington. Experience Historic New Haven’s Candlelight House Tour on December 5 or stroll through the downtown’s winter wonderland during Christmas by Moonlight Friday nights through December 17. Be sure to look for Santa Claus’ special mailbox! Seeking that special gift? Head over to Hermann to shop for unique hand-made gifts and foods in the many boutiques, antique shops and traditional German-styled markets. To explore more adventures, visit www.morivercountry.com.

Photo 1 Credit: (c) Perry County Heritage Tourism

Photo 2 Credit: (c) Walker Photography, Kevin Walker

Photo 6 Credit: (c) Tony Carosella

Source: Einnews

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