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Ameren Missouri Festival of Lights Moves to Union Station
Snow on Sunday covers the Salvation Army Tree of Lights which has been relocated from Kiener Plaza to Aloe Plaza in front of the historic St. Louis Union Station.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), November 7, 2014 - The Ameren Missouri Festival of Lights officially kicks off the season, Saturday, November 22, 2014, beginning at 3:00p.m. at a new location, the historic St. Louis Union Station in downtown St. Louis.
Opening the Festival is the Muny Kids Touring Troupe performance inside Union Station. The main stage entertainment begins at 5:30pm hosted once again by Vic Porcelli of Fresh 102.5 outside Union Station in Aloe Plaza. The Salvation Army Tree of Lights will be relocated from Kiener Plaza to Aloe Plaza.
Scheduled to perform are the Muny Kids Touring Troupe, Grand Center Performing Arts Choir, Moscow Ballet Nutcracker St. Louis Dancers, St. Louis Elite Dance, Salvation Army Brass Band, Kingsbury Place Singers from the St. Louis Christmas Carols Association, and Rosati Kain High School Choir.
The Ameren Missouri Festival of Lights will feature musical entertainment, children activities, vendors, sports and corporation mascots, trackless train rides, a juggler and the Rams Play 60 school bus.
Food will be available for purchase from the St. Louis Food Trucks along Chestnut Street bordering the Aloe Plaza.
Author Carolyn Carter is scheduled to announce the winner of the Christmas in St. Louis Coloring and Essay Contest. Carolyn will present the winners with her book "The Prince Charming Starter Kit".
Mayor Francis G. Slay is scheduled to light up St. Louis approximately at 6:25 pm with a fabulous holiday fireworks display. Following the fireworks, festival participants can follow Santa inside to Union Station.
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The "Memories Museum," located on the second level, was founded as a joint venture by St. Louis Station Associates and the Museum of Transportation. "O" Gauge model trains, railroad china and silverware, uniforms, timetables, a working model railroad and other artifacts and memorabilia from St. Louis Union Station's glory days as a major rail hub are exhibited in the museum, along with a video theatre that showcases the restoration of St. Louis Union Station.
St. Louis Union Station - A National Historic Landmark with Memories As Major Rail Hub
The Museum is free to the general public and is open during St. Louis Union Station's operating hours.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - Saint Louis Union Station, a massive, Romanesque-style building, designed by architect Theodore Link in 1894, was once the largest and busiest railroad terminal in the world.
In 1976, the St. Louis Union Station was designated a National Historic Landmark. After an extensive $150 million restoration, the facility, including an expansive 11.5 acre trainshed reopened in 1985 with a hotel, unique marketplace of shops, assortment of fine restaurants and cafes, live entertainment and a lake with boats ... all under one roof.
Today, the Grand Hall features a barrel-vaulted ceiling of unsurpassed gilt work, stained glass over the entrance, scale models of trains and statues. Visitors can discover the Station's past and present with a self-guided walking tour through one of the nation's most significant rail stations and restoration projects. Additional activies are featured throughout the year including historic and refurbished train displays, children's entertainment, sports events and exhibits.
Once again the Station is undergoing a new renovation. This time it's being undertaken by Lodging Hospitality Management, owners of the entire Union Station complex and St. Louis Union Station Hotel. located in what is known as the Headhouse.
Across from Union Station is Aloe Plaza and the magnificent Carl Milles' Fountain with elaborate bronze sculptural pieces representing the meeting of the rivers.
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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Directions: 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.
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