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ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), November 16, 2016 - A breathtaking fire/water/light show has been installed over the one-acre lake under the train shed at Saint Louis Union Station.
The $4 million installation consists of a 100-foot-long waterfall with 50 nozzles that spray water 40-feet-downward into the lake. A 100-foot-long LED light bar will shine on the water to create different effects. Eight "lotus" pods shoot fire up to 25 feet into the air and also emit a fog illusion.
The installation is a highlight of the Glacier Park outdoor activity area at the Holidays at Union Station events. Fire/water/light show showtimes are 3:30 p.m.; 4:30 p.m.; 6 pm.; 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. from November 18 through January 6.
Glacier Park includes a 4,700-square-root modular ice rink, located west of Hard Rock Café. Two-hour sessions are just $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Skate rental is available for $5 or BYO skates. Families and friends can ride a snow tube down a 9-foot-high and 95-foot-long ice slide. Tickets (valid for up to 12 runs) are $7 for adults and $5 for kids.
Saint Louis Union Station has been transformed into The North Pole for the holiday season with elaborate displays and family activities including: Santa's Workshop Experience and Elft Academy where kids can build a toy train car; Gingerbread Junction where families can purchase a house kit to decorate on site or at home; Peppermint Putt-Putt; four elaborate model train layouts through the North Pole Village; a Santa's Maze and Santa Land for a special photo session with Santa. Some activities require a fee.
Admission to Glacier Park and North Pole Village are included with Santa Express train tickets. Tickets for guests not holding train tickets are $5 per person, children two and under are free.
The Santa Express Train Ride is the centerpiece of this expanded holiday event. Real trains pull out of St. Louis Union Station - the 1894 National Historic Landmark terminal - through December 30, 2016.
Trains will leave the station at 4:45, 6:15, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.
During the train ride to Santa's house, passengers will hear the classic bedtime story of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas and interact with the characters, elves and Santa Claus himself. Passengers are encouraged to wear their cozy pajamas for the train ride and events. Santa's Master Elves will board the train at his house and ride with passengers back to the North Pole at St. Louis Union Station.
Train tickets range in price from $39 to $89. Ticket protection plans are available for purchase. Tickets may be purchased online and the full calendar of train rides and ticketed activities are available at www.HolidaysAtUnionStation.com or www.SantaExpressTrainRide.com.
Ride the train and spend the night at the North Pole Lodge at Union Station Hotel. Includes overnight accommodations, Santa's Reindeer Roundup and a wake-up call from Santa himself! Good list suite upgrade includes a fully decorated Christmas suite and a special gift in the room. For more information on hotel packages, visit: St. Louis Union Station Hotel
For tickets by phone, dial 877-TWAS-STL (877-892-7785). For recorded information, dial 844-4 INFO 25 (844-446-3625).
Train Travel Returns to Historic Saint Louis Union Station
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - Since the purchase in October 2012, Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM) has invested more than $40 million in the property. The project included renovating the historic Grand Hall, with its barrel-vaulted ceiling of unsurpassed gilt work, stained glass over the entrance, to include an award-winning 3-D projection mapping light show, new furnishings and a 65-foot-long bar.
The station's Midway was re-established as a convention and exhibit hall and the property's 539 hotel rooms were branded as the St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton™ under LHM's ownership.
Recently, nine beautifully restored rail cars began leaving the National Historic Landmark train station for private, three-hour excursions around the St. Louis metro area's rails. Corporate outings and pre-planned rolling or stationary events are now available under the train shed, including receptions, smaller meetings and parties.
The existing mall area is set to be converted into 48 train-themed hotel rooms and 30,000 feet of private event space bringing the total number of hotel guest rooms to 587 and total event space to 137,000 square feet. Guests will receive a personalized train ticket for their room at check in. Inside the new train-themed rooms, high-end features include 50-inch TVs with sound bars for an in-room theater experience, hardwood floors and walk-in showers.
The St. Louis Wheel, a 200 foot tall observation-style Ferris wheel, will be installed near the Hard Rock Café and will be open year-round. The wheel will feature 42 fully enclosed gondolas, each seating up to eight adults. One VIP gondola will feature leather bucket seats, a stereo system, and a glass floor for a unique viewing experience.
The project will transform the property's existing indoor and outdoor retail and entertainment spaces with a new food-train park under the facility's massive train shed, added green spaces, light shows and a fountain and fire show at the lake as a focal point of the new outdoor experience.
Across from Union Station is Aloe Plaza and the magnificent Carl Milles' Fountain with elaborate bronze sculptural pieces representing the meeting of the rivers.
Union Station is located at 1820 Market Street, between 18th and 20th Streets. The historic building is north of I-64 and just four blocks west of Scottrade Center. The landmark is within walking distance of Busch Stadium and the Gateway Arch.
Saint Louis was established as a trading post on the west banks of the Mississippi River in 1764 by a French fur trapper named Pierre LaClede. Business was good from the beginning. Soon the village became the center of commerce with furs as the main source of exchange for goods.
Today, elements of Old Saint Louis remain as Laclede's Landing, a nine - block industrial area that once housed companies producing coffee, leather goods, mattresses, tobacco, whiskey, candy and machinery for the barges. The historic area is located north of the Gateway Arch. At night, horse drawn carriages and live music add to the downtown atmosphere. Nearby, sightseeing excursions and gaming boats offer additional choices for entertainment.
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