Kirkwood Holiday Walk
Saturday - 11/17/2007
Downtown Kirkwood and Kirkwood Junction
I'm a bit of a Christmas fiend (think Clark Griswold in Christmas Vacation), so I can't wait for the holidays! If you're looking to get a jump on your holiday shopping, want to find out what the kids are just dying to have, or just want to get some holiday cheer, head over to downtown Kirkwood for the Kirkwood Holiday Walk.
Granted, budget seekers, the walk is aimed at bringing people to Kirkwood to spend money in their stores. But the freebies they're offering to get people down there are just what you're looking for!
Many of the free incentives and entertainments are based at the Kirkwood Train Station, though inspiration for creative decorating and gift ideas are scattered through the surrounding 60 various specialty stores. Some stores will have additional offers and free refreshments - look for a holiday wreath on shop doors as a signal that something special is available for the Holiday Walk. Strolling carolers (the Statesmen Singers) will be singing a path through downtown, beginning their route at the Train Station at 11am.
Other scheduled entertainment at the Kirkwood Train Station:
- 10am - Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive accompanied by the sweet sounds of the Kirkwood Children's Chorale. Pictures can be taken with Santa from now until 3pm (a requested $5 donation will go to the Kirkwood Police Explorers, whose members will be taking the pictures). Santa will also be accepting letters until 3 (after all, even Santa needs a friendly reminder now and then).
- 10:15am - The Lucille Rapp Tumblers wow the crowd
- 11am - The dulcet tones of the Statesmen Singers as they begin their caroling introduces Mrs. Claus' Story Time. Free refreshments begin at 11am, as do free Holiday Trolley rides throughout downtown Kirkwood (both refreshments and Trolley end at 4pm). Refreshments include free coffee from Kaldi's Coffeehouse, free cookies from McArthur's Bakery, free hot chocolate, and free grilled hot dogs courtesy of the Kirkwood Kiwanis (although hot dogs are reportedly to be offered near, not at, the station). Trolley rides will have several pick-up and drop-off locations to facilitate your sightseeing and shopping.
- 12pm - A performance by the Blackthorn Morris Dancers
- 1pm - The Lucille Rapp Dancers strut their stuff
- 2pm - The KUMC (Kirkwood United Methodist Church Wesley handbell choir goes on. If you've never seen a handbell choir perform before, try to make an effort to stop by. The coordination of it can be amazing.
On a last note, if you've been doing well this year, are in that holiday giving mood, or can even just spare some change or an item from the dollar store, drop off a donation of canned food, baby food, or cash with Youth In Action (YIA) at the Train Station. The nonprofit community service organization is collecting for Nurses for Newborns and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
For more information about the Kirkwood Holiday Walk, call (314) 822-0084 or visit Kirkwood Junction's website.