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A few dozen people dance while holding hands, some dressed in Victorian formal wear, during the Twelfth Afternoon Ball event at the Gateway Arch.
January 7 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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1773 Twelfth Afternoon Ball – FREE

The Twelfth Afternoon Ball recognizes the completion of the Twelve Days of Christmas, which was a major celebration during St. Louis’ French colonial era. This year’s ball will highlight popular music and dances from 1773.

The 1773 Twelfth Afternoon Ball inside the Gateway Arch Visitor Center (mezzanine level) will feature live music by talented singer and fiddler Dennis Stroughmatt, food demonstrations by esteemed culinary historian Suzanne Corbett, and dancing by living history interpreters dressed in authentic 1700s clothing. This event is free and open to all ages. Visitors may drop in to observe at anytime during the event.

“History comes to life during the Twelfth Afternoon Ball,” said Pam Sanfilippo, Program Manager, Museum Services & Interpretation, Gateway Arch National Park. “Guests of all ages are invited to experience a historic holiday ball at this unique and beloved event at Gateway Arch National Park.”