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Christmas in St. Louis in Steamy St. Louis
Christmas arrived early under the Train Shed at St. Louis Union Station with a visit from Santa, the conductor of The Polar Express Train Ride and Jingles, to the delight of kids in pajamas: (L - R) twin girls London and Brooklyn (age 4) and brother A.J. Lee (age 6), grandchildren of Melody Griffin; Jack (age 6) and Joey (age 4), (not shown Emily age 2), children of Mr and Mrs. Baalmann.
Christmas Arrives at St. Louis Union Station in Steamy July
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), July 25, 2017, 2016 - With temperatures in the nineties on Tuesday, Christmas arrived early under the Train Shed at St. Louis Union Station with a visit from Santa, the Conductor of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride and Jingles.

Following a press conference, guests were treated to a preview of the fire/water/light show on the train shed lake and Christmas music. As eight "lotus" pods shot fire up to 25 feet into the air in front of a 100-foot-long waterfall, the Conductor noted that "Exactly six months from today, it will be Christmas."

"We listened very closely to everyone in St. Louis who love the holidays," said the Conductor. "So we are here today to announce that THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is coming back to St. Louis at Union Station for the 2017 holiday season."

Santa added with a deep chuckle that he was dressed for the occasion as he had to interrupt his vacation in Hawaii. "Last week was a heat wave. I'm just happy to be here today because the children love THE POLAR EXPRESS™ and I love to see children happy."

Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™. The magical story of a boy's search for the meaning of Christmas comes to life when real trains departs St. Louis Union Station for a round-trip journey to the North Pole.

Santa and his helpers will greet passengers at the North Pole and then board the train, where each child is given the first gift of Christmas - a silver sleigh bell. Chefs aboard each car lead passengers in singing Christmas carols on the ride back to St. Louis Union Station.

Trains begin running from St. Louis Union Station to the North Pole on November 24, 2017, the day after Thanksgiving, and continue through December 30, 2017. Trains depart St. Louis Union Station at 4:30, 6. 7:15 and 8:30 p.m.

Riders may choose from two classes of service on The Polar Express - Coach and First-Class. Coach tickets start at $39; First-Class at $65. First-class ticketholders will receive a Polar Express mug and will be seated at four-top tables. They also will receive a free photo with Santa. Once onboard, hot chocolate and cookies are served as passengers read along with the classic children's book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg.

More information about dates, fares and excursion times are available by calling 314-942-6942, or by visiting www.STLPolarExpressRide.com. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride.Trains depart St. Louis Union Station at 4:30, 6. 7:15 and 8:30 p.m. St. Louis Union Station also will host a series of magical holiday dinners in the beautiful Grand Hall of the historic train station during the Polar Express season.

Featuring 3-D light shows projected on the ceiling and visits with Santa's elves and holiday characters, the dinner sessions are available at TIME on selected days when the Polar Express Train Ride is in operation.

Dinners are served buffet style with separate adult and children's selections priced at $25 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. Children ages two and under are complimentary. An elaborate holiday dessert buffet accompanies the dinners. Tickets, combined with holiday hotel packages at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel are available now at www.STLPolarExpressRide.com. Train ride-only tickets will go on sale August 1, 2017 at 9 a.m.


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.

Excursion Trains Return to Saint Louis Union Station
The glamorous era of train travel is returning to historic Saint Louis Union Station with excursions on nine beautifully restored rail cars cars now available around the metro area.
Beyond the train excursions, Union Station owner LHM has announced major changes and enhancements designed to transform the National Historic Landmark train station.

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.


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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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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