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Best Bets: Christmas in Augusta, Soulard Holiday Parlor Tour, 'A Christmas Carol' celeb reading

Best Bets: Christmas in Augusta, Soulard Holiday Parlor Tour, 'A Christmas Carol' celeb reading

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Campbell House in St. Louis

The Campbell House Museum downtown is elaborately decorated for Christmas.


Christmas in Augusta

When 5-10 p.m. Dec. 4 and Dec. 11 • Where Augusta, Missouri • How much Free • More info

Augusta is limiting its Christmas activities, but you can still stroll the luminary-lit streets to shop and warm yourself by a bonfire on the first two Friday evenings in December. See the gingerbread houses on display at the visitor’s center through Dec. 11, where you can cast your vote for your favorite. Winners will be announced at 8 p.m. Dec. 11. By Valerie Schremp Hahn

My Posse in Effect: A Tribute to the Beastie Boys

When 8 p.m. Dec. 4 • Where The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard • How much $20 • More info

The Pageant’s Glimmer of Normalcy Series continues with a popular tribute act, My Posse in Effect: A Tribute to the Beastie Boys. Tracksuits and dookie chains will be the way to go. By Kevin C. Johnson

Art Is Action auction

When 7 p.m. Dec. 4 through midnight Dec. 6 • Where Zoom • How much Free • More info

More than a dozen artists are auctioning off works to benefit Bread and Roses Missouri, which examines social and economic justice issues in its arts and humanities programming. A two-day auction kicks off at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 with a virtual Zoom cocktail party (find access info at The auction opens at 8 p.m. Preview the artwork at By Jane Henderson


Soulard Holiday Parlor Tour

When Starts at 10 a.m. Dec. 5 • Where soulardparlourtour.orgHow much Free; donations accepted

The residents of Soulard have opened their homes for the holiday parlor tour for 45 years now, and this year, the pandemic means the tour has gone virtual. The Soulard Restoration Group has established a website where visitors can explore homes through 360-degree images and videos that tell homeowner stories and home histories. Past in-person tours have been ticketed, and this one is free, though donations are encouraged. The tour is the group’s biggest annual fundraiser, and money raised benefits beautification, safety and neighbor engagement efforts. By Valerie Schremp Hahn

Holiday Christmas Festival

When Dec. 5-6 • Where Downtown Ste. Genevieve • How much Free • More info

Musicians will perform at historic churches and other downtown venues at this event in Ste. Genevieve, which also includes an art show and sale, free pictures with Santa, a Christmas parade and open houses at historic sites. By Valerie Schremp Hahn

A Spirited Holiday Past

When 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 5 • Where Multiple locations • How much Fees vary by location • More info

On one day, several historic homes, museums and private residences will open to show off their holiday finery, and caretakers will discuss the buildings’ history. Customize a tour to see Civil War sites, African American sites, French heritage sites and others. This grand tour debuted in 2018. By Valerie Schremp Hahn

‘Home for the Holidays’

When Dec. 5-31 • Where straydogtheatre.orgHow much Free • More info

Stray Dog Theatre presents a program of song and dance, which will stream so that it can be enjoyed from the comfort of home. Performers from past productions are scheduled to take part in the merriment. By Calvin Wilson

Inimical Drive, This Is Me Breathing

When 7 p.m. Dec. 5 • Where Red Flag, 3040 Locust Street • How much $15 • More info Text 949-877-6893

Red Flag in midtown has mostly been quiet since opening, but that will change this weekend with a show by rock band Inimical Drive. The venue will be open at 10% capacity for this seated event. Temperature checks will be taken at the door, and masks must be worn to enter. The band is promoting its new album, “Enemy.” By Kevin C. Johnson


‘A Masterworks Christmas’

When 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 • Where much Free; donations accepted • More info 618-416-1839;

Masterworks Chorale hosts its first online-only Christmas show Dec. 6. “A Masterworks Christmas With Christine Brewer,” with performances from past concerts, will be livestreamed on Facebook and available later (through Jan. 6) on YouTube. By Eric Meyer

‘Opera Theatre of St. Louis Holiday Concert’

When Dec. 6-31 • Where much $15; $60 for a Digital Studio Pass • More info 314-961-0644;

Starting Dec. 6 and running through the end of December, Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ new digital programming, the 2020-21 Digital Studio, includes a streaming holiday concert. The concert features family-friendly favorites from traditional carols to popular film music. By Eric Meyer

New Town Christmas House Tour

When Starts at 10 a.m. Dec. 6 • Where much Free

This annual New Town Christmas House Tour goes virtual this year, and you can peek inside homes at St. Charles County’s New Town development from the comfort of your couch. It’s free, but donations that support local charities are welcome. Donors on the first day are eligible to win prizes. By Valerie Schremp Hahn


‘Songs of the Holidays’

When Mondays and Thursdays in December, starting Dec. 7 • Where slsostories.orgHow much Free • More info 314-534-1700;

Beginning Dec. 7, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra adds to its digital content a collection of holiday video performances, “Songs of the Holidays.” Performances include secular tunes and sacred music from a variety of backgrounds. The recorded performances will be released on Mondays and Thursdays in December and highlight musicians from the SLSO. The videos will be available on SLSO digital and social media platforms. By Eric Meyer

‘Chamber Music Society Holiday Celebration’

When 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 • Where chambermusicstl.orgHow much $39 • More info 314-941-6309;

The Chamber Music Society’s Holiday Celebration concert (aka the Pillsbury Cookie Concert) will be livestreamed from the Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries. The performance features seasonal music by Handel, Telemann, Corelli, Joseph Achron, Bloch, Debussy, Tchaikovsky and Vivaldi. Join the CMSSL players, including many musicians from the SLSO, for this seasonal musical celebration. By Eric Meyer


Jean Kwok with Rumaan Alam: ‘Searching for Sylvie Lee’

When 5 p.m. Dec. 8 • Where RSVP required for access • How much $16.99 book purchase • More info

Two authors discuss Jean Kwok’s “Searching for Sylvie Lee,” which will be new in paperback. The story involves a Chinese immigrant family who could not afford to raise their eldest daughter, sent to live with relatives. Later, the successful woman disappears on a trip to the Netherlands, and her younger sister travels to find her. Talking to Kwok will be Rumaan Alam, whose own novel, “Leave the World Behind,” was a recent finalist for a National Book Award. By Jane Henderson


Rabbi Susan Talve and artist Siona Benjamin: ‘The Zodiac Floor’

When 7 p.m. Dec. 9 • Where much Free • More info

While traveling in India in 2014, Rabbi Susan Talve and Indian-Jewish artist Siona Benjamin planned a circular mosaic floor for Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis. The next year, the congregation saw the colorful 15-foot-wide creation, which harkened back to floors of ancient synagogues and astrology while also celebrating feminism and racial, cultural and gender diversity. Now, they discuss a new book about that artwork, “The Zodiac Floor.” By Jane Henderson


St. Louis Holiday Historic Home Tour

When 1-8 p.m. Dec. 10 • Where Campbell House Museum, 1508 Locust Street; Field House Museum, 634 South Broadway • How much $20 in advance, $30 day of tour • More info

Two notable St. Louis sites, the Campbell House and the Field House Museum, will be decorated for the holidays and are open for tours. Light refreshments will be served at both venues. The Field House will be decorated with historic feather trees and toys, and the Campbell House will feature an elaborate Christmas tree and creche as well as a dining table set for the season. By Valerie Schremp Hahn

‘A Christmas Carol: A St. Louis Virtual Holiday Reading’

When Dec. 10 and 13 • Where much Free; registration required and donations accepted • More info

Sterling K. Brown, Ellie Kemper, Justin Willman, Ken Page, Christine Brewer, Judith Ivey and other St. Louis celebrities will participate in Metro Theater Company’s hourlong, streamed adaptation of the uplifting tale that has become a perennial favorite. Donate $50 or more to receive a DVD or digital download of the broadcast. By Calvin Wilson

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