ALERT: The Gateway Arch Ticketing & Visitor Center has relocated to the Old Courthouse at 11 N. 4th Street. The walking distance between the Old Courthouse and the Arch entrance at the SOUTH leg is approximately 0.3 miles (7 minutes of average walking time). EACH guest planning to enter the Gateway Arch will be required to have EITHER a Journey to the Top ticket or an Arch Entry-Only ticket to be allowed access to the facility.  Tram tickets will sell out early and often - advance tickets are strongly recommended.

Please Note: The Museum of Westward Expansion, located under the Gateway Arch is closed for significant renovations. Certain artifacts from the Museum are on display in exhibit galleries at the Old Courthouse.

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Historic Holiday Traditions at the Old Courthouse

November 03, 2014

Release Date: November 3, 2014
Contact: Ann Honious, JNEM
Phone: 314-655-1614
Contact(s): Jenna Todoroff, Common Ground PR
Phone: 636-530-1235

This holiday season, the National Park Service invites guests to take in the sights and sounds of winters past with Historic Holiday Traditions at the Old Courthouse. At the annual series, the Old Courthouse Rotunda will be decked in authentic Victorian décor and guests are invited to experience holiday music, food and dancing from eras in St. Louis’ history.

“Historic Holiday Traditions at the Old Courthouse is our way of honoring the many holiday celebrations of St. Louis’ past,” said Ann Honious, Chief, Museum Services and Interpretation, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. “Guests can experience the seasons as St. Louisans did hundreds of years ago with period-centric music, dancing and food.”

At the two holiday balls, volunteers in period clothing will assist visitors in discovering how early St. Louisans celebrated the holiday season. Guests will learn about foods common to holiday dinner tables during the particular celebrated era, along with specialty music and dancing. On select Wednesdays, the Old Courthouse will host concerts featuring lunchtime performances from local bands and choirs. Reservations are not required. This series is free and open to the public. See Page 2 for the full Historic Holiday Traditions at the Old Courthouse schedule.

SPECIAL HOURS OF OPERATION: On Friday, November 28 and Saturday, November 29, the Gateway Arch will operate in extended holiday hours of 9 am to 8 pm. On Christmas Eve, the Arch will operate from 9 to 4pm, and the Old Courthouse will operate from 8 am to 4 pm. The Arch and Old Courthouse are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

WHERE: Old Courthouse
11 North Fourth Street
St. Louis, MO 63102
COST: FREE and open to the public.
CONTACT: Visit www.gatewayarch.com or call 1-877-982-1410 for more information.

Schedule of Events: 

Friday, November 28

Historic Holiday Traditions at the Old Courthouse Kick-off Concert
12 pm: Performance by St. Louis Irish Arts
Extended Holiday Hours at the Arch: 
The Gateway Arch will be open from 9 am to 8 pm.

Saturday, November 29 Historic Holiday Traditions at the Old Courthouse Kick-off Concert
12 pm: Performance by St. Louis Confluence Chamber Orchestra
Extended Holiday Hours at the Arch: 
The Gateway Arch will be open from 9 am to 8 pm.
Wednesday, December 3 Historic Holiday Traditions at the Old Courthouse Free Concert Series
12 pm: Performance by Mehlville High School Madrigals Ensemble
Wednesday, December 10 Historic Holiday Traditions at the Old Courthouse Free Concert Series
12 pm: Performance by St. Peter Catholic School Honors Choir
Thursday, December 11 St. Louis Holiday Historic House Tour
3 to 8 pm: Part of a five-stop house tour, the Old Courthouse will feature Sprerrent & Truman Middle School Fiddlers, Boonslick Strings, dancing led by Deborah Hyland, and cooking with food historian Suzanne Corbet. The OCH portion of the house tour is free; however, a ticket is required at the other stops. For tickets and more information, call 314-421-0325.
Wednesday, December 17 Historic Holiday Traditions at the Old Courthouse Free Concert Series
12 pm: Performer TBA
Saturday, December 20 1864 St Louis Holiday Ball at the Old Courthouse
9 to 11am: Dance workshop featuring 1864’s most popular dance steps
2 to 4 pm: Independent Silver Band, with dancing Experience Christmas from 1864! Deborah Hyland will provide dance instruction to the most popular dances of the mid 19th century in a special dance workshop. Historic characters of St. Louis’ past will also be in attendance.
Saturday, January 3 1764 Twelfth Afternoon Ball at the Old Courthouse
12 to 4pm: Dennis Stroughmatt et L’Esprit Creole concert featuring popular French holiday music of the early St. Louis settlers. Deborah Hyland will once again teach the most popular dances of the mid 18th century. Food Historian Suzanne Corbet will present treats common to St. Louis dinner tables during this particular holiday season. King’s Cake will be served, and the King and Queen of Mardi Gras will be crowned.

 

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