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.


Historic Holiday Traditions at the Old Courthouse

November 29, 2016

The National Park Service invites visitors to take in the sights and sounds of the holiday season with Historic Holiday Traditions at the Old Courthouse, where they can enjoy live holiday concerts in the Old Courthouse Rotunda, a traveling National Park Service exhibit, a historical ball and more. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. The Old Courthouse is located at 11 North Fourth Street in Downtown St. Louis.

“With the Old Courthouse decorated in authentic Victorian décor for the holidays, the historic building is an idyllic setting to celebrate the season,” says Rhonda Schier, Chief of Museum Services and Interpretation. “Although Journey to the Top tram rides are currently unavailable at the Arch, visitors can continue to enjoy the Arch this holiday season by shopping at The Arch Store, located in the Arch’s Visitor Center and by watching the award-winning documentary Monument to the Dream, which chronicles the construction of the Gateway Arch, in the Arch’s Tucker Theater.”

ST. LOUIS HOLIDAY HISTORIC HOUSE TOUR: Thursday, December 1, 3:00-8:00 p.m.
Take in the history of St. Louis on this four-stop historic holiday house tour to The Field House Museum, The Campbell House Museum, The Chatillon-DeMenil House and the Old Courthouse. The Old Courthouse portion of the tour is free; however, a ticket is required at the other stops. For tickets and additional information to tour all four sites, call The Campbell House Museum at 314-421-0325, or purchase tickets online at

HOLIDAY CONCERTS (all in the Old Courthouse Rotunda)

  • Wednesday, December 7, noon: A Perfect Fifth woodwind quintet
  • Wednesday, December 14, noon: Freedom Winds woodwind quintet of the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America at Scott Air Force Base
  • Wednesday, December 21, noon:  Mehlville High School Madrigal Ensemble (vocal performance)


NATIONAL PARKS IN QUILTS EXHIBIT: Friday, December 2 through Monday, January 2, 2017
Enjoy this 13-piece traveling art quilt exhibit created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The quilts were created by Fiber Works, a group of artists from Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. The artists were inspired by their favorite national park site. The quilts will be on display in the Old Courthouse Rotunda.

1767 TWELFTH AFTERNOON BALL: Saturday, January 7, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Commemorate the end of the holiday season just how St. Louisans did in 1767. The Twelfth Afternoon Ball recognizes the completion of the Twelve Days of Christmas, which leads to Mardi Gras. This year the Twelfth Afternoon Ball focuses on the music, dance and food from 1767.  The ball features music by Dennis Stroughmatt et L’Esprit Creole. Deborah Hyland will teach visitors the most popular dances of the mid-18th century.  Food historian Suzanne Corbett will present treats common to St. Louis dinner tables during the 1767 holiday season. King’s Cake will be served, and the king and queen of Mardi Gras will be crowned. Historic 1766 clothing not required to participate.

The Gateway Arch Visitor Center and the Old Courthouse will close at 4:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, December 24, and are closed on Christmas Day, December 25. On Saturday, December 26 the Old Courthouse will open at 8:00 a.m. and the Arch will open at 9:00 a.m. Both the Arch and Old Courthouse are closed New Year’s Day.

AMEREN THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE: Thursday, November 24, 8:45 a.m.
The Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade honors the 2016 National Park Service Centennial birthday and recognizes the agency’s 100 years of service protecting the natural and cultural history of our public lands while providing for the education, recreation and inspiration of the public. Superintendents Mike Ward of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and Tim Good of Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site will lead the parade as honorary grand marshals. Park Rangers and park volunteers will accompany Junior Park Rangers on the NPS float, and encourage St. Louisans and city visitors to visit the national parks this holiday season and join in the many historical and musical programs offered in December. The parade kicks off at 8:45 a.m. at 7th and Market streets in Downtown St. Louis, and travels west on Market Street to Union Station. For more information visit

WINTERFEST AT THE ARCH: Tuesday, December 27 through Sunday, January 8
The CityArchRiver Foundation and St. Louis’s home hockey team have teamed up to bring an ice rink to Luther Ely Smith Square, located between the Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse. Featured activities include ice skating (skates will be available to rent on-site), as well as an opening night celebration, Try Hockey for Free clinics, a street hockey tournament, whiskey tasting, and a New Year’s Eve family-friendly celebration. Visit for more information about the fun planned.

A list of downtown St. Louis parking locations within walking distance of the Arch and Old Courthouse is available at Metered street parking is also available around the Old Courthouse. Visitors are encouraged to check for up-to-date information on road detours and construction news before their visit.

Visit or; or call 877-982-1410. Reservations are not required, but large groups should call 314-655-1614 to alert the Old Courthouse of their attendance. Tickets are not required to enter the Arch at this time. 

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