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My husband wanted to take the kids somewhere to see Christmas lights. As we researched places halfway close to us, we discovered the St. Louis Wild Lights at the Zoo and my husband suggested we do an overnight there with the kiddos since we normally go on our own. Read on to see how you can spend a family weekend in St. Louis during the holiday season too!

We got to St. Louis on a Friday evening and checked into our hotel when we got there. We ate at Bartolino’s in our hotel, however, I would recommend visiting a different place on The Hill – it was not one we would recommend as the service was slow and the food was okay. (I also found it to be too expensive to be inside a Drury hotel.)

Saturday morning, we woke up and swam in the hotel’s pool for a few hours. We had the whole pool to ourselves and we had the absolute best time! The pool is heated so we were able to swim underneath the canvas separating it so we could go to the other side. It was really neat!

We worked up an appetite during our swim, so we headed to Blueberry Hill on the Loop. It was AMAZING!! Both the atmosphere and food were so good. The kids had mozzarella sticks and grilled cheese respectively and they loved them. Michael had a burger with provel on it (YUM!) and I had to try to fried ravioli because it’s an STL staple!!

After lunch, we headed down the street to Vintage Vinyl to check out their records. Hubby got a few records and I got a book about Queen. If you are music fans like we are, you can’t miss this spot on the loop!

After walking The Loop a bit more, we headed to the Magic House!

The Magic House was only about a 20-minute drive. I hadn’t been to The Magic House since I was a kid (literally 20 years ago – WOW!) so it was super fun to go back and take Cam. 🙂 Both the boys loved it and had such a good time playing and exploring. Cam’s favorite thing was the fishing activity and Charlie’s favorite thing was climbing up and down the lilypads. 

After that, we headed back to the hotel to let the kids unwind a bit before we headed to the Wild Lights display at the St. Louis Zoo. It was EPIC!! They have over 1 million lights and it was so gorgeous! We love the zoo anyway so it was a no-brainer that we’d take the kids when we found out about this event. You can read more about our experience here.

We got out of the zoo fairly easily and headed to the Hi-Pointe Drive In to have dinner. It was made from old shipping containers it looked like. The diner was super busy right after we ordered so we got there just in time. Hubby had their bologna sandwich which has bologna sandwiched between two grilled cheese sandwiches! It was a huge sandwich and he said it was so good but couldn’t finish it all. I had a burger with provel and it was so good! I wasn’t a huge fan of the fries but Michael & Charlie (my bonus son) loved them.

We headed back to the hotel because we were all wiped out! We got in our jammies and found A Christmas Vacation on TV and settled in for the night.

On Sunday morning, we woke up and went to Strange Donuts. We’d heard so many great things about their donuts and how good they were.

The kids had the regular glazed donuts, Hubby had a maple bacon donut and I had a gooey butter cake donut. The donuts were delicious, but there was no seating area. We weren’t really prepared for that so we sat on the sidewalk and ate our donuts since it was such a nice morning!

As you can see, we really enjoyed our donuts. The kids each had one left to bring home.

After that, we headed home to get our sweet Sassy girl from the doggy hotel. It was a great trip and we made so many fun memories! The kids were already asking to go do it all again next year.

Have you ever spent a weekend in St. Louis in December?

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