Christmas activities planned for Steelville this week

Saturday, December 9 will feature the Steelville Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Best Decorated Window” and “Best Decorated Storefront” contest for local businesses. 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 Holiday Shoppe at Gallery Zeke will offer a Kids’ Shopping Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will include treats all day, free gift wrapping, photo ops with Santa’s elves, and kids will be able to make their own ornaments.

A free community dance will be held at the Steelville Community Building in the evening on Saturday. Santa will be the DJ, and there will be free cookies, too! It will begin at 6 p.m. and is anticipated to last about two hours. It’s designed to be for the entire community – young and old – and families are encouraged to attend together.

The Soda Fountain will also present dinner and a concert featuring members of Little River Band on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. Rhonda Nelson will be talking about life on the road and her book “A Different Life,” with acoustic music presented by her husband Wayne Nelson and Greg Hind, both members of Little River Band. For ticket information, check out The Soda Fountain’s Facebook page.

On Tuesday, December 12, the Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Christmas Pageants for children will be held at the Meramec Music Theatre. The Prince and Princess Pageant for little ones ages three to six will begin at 6 p.m., and the Junior Miss Pageant for girls ages seven to 11 will follow at 7:30 p.m. Registration is now open to children who live in the Steelville School District, but the deadline to register is Friday, December 8 at 1 p.m., and late entries cannot be accepted. For more information, contact Becky Simpson by phone at 573-775-2151 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Continuing events through Christmas include Lights at the Lodge, the Holiday Shoppe at Gallery Zeke, and Christmas at Candy Cane. There are also a variety of other holiday 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.

The Holiday Shoppe at Gallery Zeke will also be open through December 23. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. A Men's Shopping Night is scheduled for Thursday, December 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. It will offer free gift wrap, elves to help with shopping, snacks, and adult beverages. For additional information on the Holiday Shoppe, contact Christine Smailys by phone at 573-775-4311 (home), 816-225-5351 (cell), or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“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 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. (See details below.) 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.”

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.


Steelville Christmas Parade Info

This year’s Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Steelville Tourism Committee, will take place on Main Street on Saturday, December 16 at 5 p.m.

The event 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.

The theme for the parade is “A Steelville Country Christmas.” Since it will take place at night, the more lights, the merrier! Families, individuals, businesses and organizations are welcome to enter.

Participants are asked not to dress as Santa, or to have him on any floats, as he will be riding at the end of the parade. Participants who wish to dispense any items during the parade must do so in a non-hazardous manner. No “hard throwing” of items will be allowed.

Decorated side-by-sides and golf carts will be allowed with permission obtained from Police Chief Mike Sherman. ATVs will not be permitted. Parade entries of any kind must be registered.

Line-up for the parade is at 4:30 p.m., and it will begin promptly at 5 p.m.

Entry forms may be found on the Steelville Tourism Committee’s Facebook page. Completed forms may be dropped off at the Steelville Police Department. Interested parties may also call Chrissie Sherman at 636-358-1120, Angie Green at 573-205-1259, or Faith Whittaker at 573-253-3995 to register.