Christmas activities are underway in Steelville, and this weekend will offer several festive options for holiday fun.
The Meramec Music Theater will present three show times for “The Magic of Christmas” – on Friday, December 1 at 7 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday, December 2 and 3 at 2 p.m. each day.
Events on Saturday, December 2 will include breakfast with Santa, decorating of the courthouse lawn, a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony on the courthouse lawn, and a community bonfire with hayrides.
Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by the SES PTO, will take place at the Steelville Elementary Cafeteria from 9 to 11 a.m. The event is open to all children, and the $5 charge includes pancakes and sausage and a picture with Santa.
Decorating at the courthouse will begin at 10 a.m., and anyone who’d like to help is welcome to join. The Christmas-tree lighting at the courthouse will be held at 5 p.m.
At 6 p.m., there will be a bonfire at the former community garden space. Those who plan to attend are encouraged to bring chairs, and there will be s’mores and hot dogs available for purchase. Hayrides will begin and end there and will travel through town to see the Christmas decorations.
Continuing events through Christmas include Lights at the Lodge, the Holiday Shoppe at Gallery Zeke, and Christmas at Candy Cane. There are also many activities scheduled for the remainder of the month.
“Lights at the Lodge” is open on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. until December 23 at Cobblestone Lodge. There is a free drive-through light display and the lodge will also offer cookie decorating, photos with holiday characters, and hot cocoa at the recreation hall for $3 per person.
“Christmas at Candy Cane,” a larger-than-life drive-through Christmas display, is now open at the Candy Cane RV Park & Campground. Admission is free and the display will be open on Friday and Saturday evenings each weekend in December and every evening from December 22 to 26.
Events scheduled for Saturday, December 9 include the beginning of the Steelville Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Best Decorated Window” and “Best Decorated Storefront” contest, with winners to be announced on December 16. The theme is “Steelville Country Christmas.” The Chamber will also sponsor a downtown business Open House event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Soda Fountain will have dinner and a concert featuring LRB’S Nelson, Hind, Marian and Rhonda Nelson at 6 p.m., and there will also be a free community dance beginning at 6 p.m. at the Steelville Community Building.
Events for Saturday, December 16 begin with the Steelville Country Club’s Children’s Christmas Party at 1 p.m. From 3 to 5 p.m., pictures with Santa will be available at the old school house at Hoppe Spring Park. A Christmas Parade on Main Street will begin at 5 p.m. The Soda Fountain will present dinner and a concert, “United Romanian Girls Choir Christmas Show,” at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., the Meramec Music Theater will present the “David Phelps Christmas Show.”
The Christmas Parade will begin with a half mile “Ugly Sweater Dash.” The winner will receive a ribbon and their sweater along with their picture will be displayed in the window of the Yadkin Creek Fudge Shop. Cost to enter the dash is only $5. Organizers are also looking for people to decorate side-by-sides or golf carts to enter them in the parade, along with floats. Families, individuals, businesses and organizations are welcome to enter. For more information, call 636-358-1120.
On Monday, December 18, the city of Steelville will host its annual Christmas Movie Night for local children, and the Christmas Angel program will be held at the Meramec Music Theatre to provide gifts to children in need.