Around Town Calendar: December

12/11-28 RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR Dance St. Louis presents the Rockettes at the Fox Theatre in a show of fancy footwork and eye-high kicks. $29.50 to $69.50; or 534-1111.

12/5 16TH ANNUAL LADUE CHAPEL NURSERY SCHOOL HOLIDAY MART Find children’s artwork, room decor, jewelry, children’s clothing, seasonal merchandise and more at Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church, with 20 percent of proceeds benefiting the nursery school.

‘PULL MY DAISY’ AND ‘SHADOWS’ The Saint Louis Art Museum shows two films about bohemian New York in the late 1950s. At 7 p.m.; free.

HOLIDAY GROUP SHOW Atrium Gallery, 4728 McPherson Ave., hosts a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. for its group show featuring recent work by six artists. Free.

ALL THAT GLITTERS Downtown Clayton hosts holiday festivities from 6 to 8 p.m., including carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, roasted chestnuts and a fireworks finale in Shaw Park.

ROBERT OSTERHOFF St. Louis author Robert Osterhoff reads and signs from his book, ‘Inside the Lionel Trains Fun Factory: The History of a Manufacturing Icon and  the Place Where Childhood Dreams Were Made,’ 4:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in Ladue. Free.

CHRIS AND TOM MCCLARREN Tom McClarren and his son Chris discuss ‘Morsels of Mischief:  Orphan Tales from my Childhood,’ the memoir they wrote together about Tom’s childhood in the German St. Vincent Orphan Home in St. Louis. 7 p.m. at Subterranean Books, 6275 Delmar Blvd. Free.

DR. MARK VONNEGUT Kurt Vonnegut’s son reads his father’s writings, presents his art and discusses his ideologies at 8 p.m. at The Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Road. $15, $10 students and seniors;

12/6 ST. LOUIS HISTORIC HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT TOUR The Eugene Field House, Campbell House Museum, DeMenil Mansion, Sam Cupples House, Scott Joplin House and the Old Courthouse are showcased during a holiday tour from 3 to 8 p.m. $20 in advance or $25; 421-4689.

HOLIDAY ON THE PLAZA Maryland Plaza hosts its fourth annual tree-lighting event at 3:30 p.m. with carolers, Santa and his sleigh, a performance by Bob Kramer’s Marionettes, and more.

EVIL PRINTS ONE DAY WORKSHOP Learn what a print is and how to make one from 1 to 4 p.m. at Evil Prints, 814 S. Vandeventer Ave.; to reserve a spot. Free.

VICTORIAN HOLIDAY CONCERT IN TOWER GROVE PARK The St. Louis Gateway singers offer holiday favorites from noon to 3 p.m. at the Piper Palm House. $35 donation; 771-4484.

WINTER WHITE 2008 AFTER PARTY The Central Library hosts a party to benefit its children’s programs. Enjoy snacks, desserts, an open bar and music provided by D.J. Andrew from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. $75; 539-0539 or

SNOWMAN’S REVENGE The Piwacket Theatre for Children performs a winter tale about a young boy who learns a lesson in control from Queen Frostine and her bluesy dancing snowflakes. At the Black Cat Theatre. $12; 963-8800 or

CANDY CANE HUNT AT THE ST. LOUIS CAROUSEL Children ages 2 to 10 are invited to search for candy canes in Faust Park at 10 a.m. Tickets ($3) must be purchased in the Carousel gift shop Tuesday through Sunday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

12/7 GREEN EXPO Enjoy eco-friendly shopping and learn about green living at the Missouri History Museum from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.

WEBSTER HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR Seven homes are featured on Webster Groves’ annual house tour from 1 to 5 p.m., sponsored by Hixson Middle School. $15 in advance or $17; proceeds benefit Webster Groves schools. 

12/9 A PRESENTATION WITH WORLD WAR II VETERANS The book ‘Victory Through Valor’ includes more than 100 interviews with men who served in World War II. Hear veterans recount their experiences at 7 p.m. at the Missouri History Museum. Free.

HOLIDAY BRASS CONCERTS Hear the 17th annual brass concerts at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Bagpiper George Gerules is back by popular demand, and the award-winning Kirkwood Children’s chorale makes its Holiday Brass debut. $19, or $16 for students and seniors; 533-7662.

12/11 HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE & SHOP SALE The Contemporary Art Museum invites visitors to stroll through the exhibitions or shop in the gift shop while enjoying hot chocolate, eggnog and treats.

12/11-28 RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR Dance St. Louis presents the Rockettes at the Fox Theatre in a show of fancy footwork and eye-high kicks. $29.50 to $69.50; or 534-1111.

12/12 WINTER HOLIDAY CONCERT Soprano Laura Medendorp is featured in Town and Country Symphony Orchestra’s holiday concert 7:30 p.m. at The Principia Ridgway Auditorium, 13201 Clayton Road. Free; 878-8783.

‘THE NUTCRACKER’ St. Louis Ballet dances the classic, directed by Gen Horiuchi, at Edison Theatre at Washington University. $35 adults, $25 children; 636-537-1998 or

12/13 REINDEER BREAKFAST Children can make their own special ornament, decorate reindeer cookies and visit with Santa at Four Seasons Hotel from 9 to 11 a.m. $50 per adult, $20 per child ages 4 to 12.

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO WESTPORT Get free pictures with Santa and a goodie bag while enjoying carolers, cookies and hot cocoa at Westport Plaza. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

12/13 & 14 KRISTKINDL MARKET The annual holiday craft fair showcases traditional German arts, crafts, food, literature and costumed carolers. At the Hermannhof Festhalle and Hofgarten in Hermann. 578-486-FARM or; free.

NUTCRACKER ON ICE St. Louis skaters perform at the Webster Groves Ice Arena. $5 in advance or $7; tickets available at the Ice Arena, Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream, Head to Toe Dancewear, Go-Figure Skates and

12/14 & 16 CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT CONCERT St. Louisan Gina Galati makes her Powell Hall debut with the Bach Society of Saint Louis. $20 to $60, 534-1700 or


DIERBERGS SCHOOL OF COOKING This winter, learn how to make holiday recipes like pumpkin upside-down cake and bacon tart from Critter Cottage Bed and Breakfast and Loganberry Inn or bring your spouse for ‘Couples Cook’ and ‘Couples Wine Tasting.’ Dierbergs offers a variety of classes at multiple locations.

KITCHEN CONSERVATORY Scroll through the list of classes at and your mouth will start to water: ‘Tales of the Lobster,’ ‘Brownie Throw Down’ and ‘Tuscany for Two’ are just some of the options for kids and adults. 8021 Clayton Road, 862-2665

WHOLE FOODS The Brentwood and Town and Country locations both offer cooking classes, wine tastings and samplings year-round. Learn about sparkling spirits, make your own gingerbread house or shop in peace while your child takes a class!

MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN Make a colorful gingerbread house Dec. 13 at the garden from 10 a.m. to noon. Check for more cooking classes.