Missouri December 16, 2016
11 Majestic Spots In Missouri That Will Make You Feel Like You’re At The North Pole
Christmas wouldn’t quite be Christmas without the North Pole. The following magical places in Missouri will make you feel like you’re right in the center of all the Christmas and wintertime magic. Enjoy!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. The Polar Express - Branson
The Polar Express ride along the Brandon Scenic Railway is a Christmas tradition in Missouri. Enjoy a festive ride as you listen to the story, "The Polar Express" be read aloud.
206 E Main St.
Branson, MO 65616
2. Katy Trail
The longest rail trail in Missouri can also be enjoyed during the winter. Over 237 miles of scenic trail runs from Machens to Clinton. With how beautiful this trail is, I wouldn't be surprised if Santa decided to take a detour here, instead of flying in the sky.
3. Big Cedar Lodge - Ridgedale
Even the elves and Santa need a place to rest from time to time. Big Cedar Lodge is one of Missouri's most beautiful lodges that features scenic views of the Ozark foothills.
190 Top of the Rock Rd.
Ridgedale, MO 65739
4. English Landing Park - Parkville
Take a morning stroll along the Missouri River at this gorgeous riverside park that's just a 15-minute drive away from Kansas City in Parkville.
8701 Clark Ave.
Parkville, MO 64152
5. Holiday Park (Krug Park) - St. Joseph
If you're not having much luck finding a ride from reindeer this Christmas, then might I suggest a horse drawn carriage ride in Holiday Park? Krug Park is lit up with Christmas decor during the holiday season for visitors to enjoy.
3500 St. Joseph Ave.
St Joseph, MO 64505
6. Candy Cane Lane - St. Louis
Since every North Pole needs a Candy Cane Lane, be sure to visit St. Louis's very own Candy Cane Lane on Murdoch avenue. The houses along this street go above and beyond when it comes to holiday decor and Christmas lights.
6500 Murdoch Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63109
7. Ha Ha Tonka Castle Ruins - Camdenton
The Castle Ruins are already pretty cool enough, but when they're covered in snow and ice? Well, that makes it look like something out of the movie, "Frozen" and I'm a big fan of that.
1491 State Road D
Camdenton, MO 65020
8. Twin Lakes - Columbia
Though it may be too cold now, you can still enjoy beautiful views of the mirror-like frozen lakes in Columbia.
2500 Chapel Hill Rd.
Columbia, MO 65203
9. Saint Louis Zoo - St. Louis
Did you know that Polar Bears exist outside of the North Pole and Coca-Cola commercials? It's true! And you can visit them at the Saint Louis zoo for free this winter!
1 Government Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63110
10. McLain's Bakery - Kansas City
Remember leaving Santa cookies as kids? I always wondered why he never seemed to finish them, with a few left on the plate. But I have a feeling if they were cookies from McLain's Bakery in Kansas City, he wouldn't have left a crumb. This is one of the most delicious bakeries in Missouri and you can order cookies for yourself or a holiday box to-go.
201 E Gregory Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64114
11. Union Station - St. Louis
Last, but certainly not least, is Union Station in St. Louis. Each year, the former train station, now turned hotel, puts on "Holidays at Union Station" and turns into the most magical North Pole of all.
1820 Market St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
What is your favorite place in Missouri that makes you feel like you’re at the North Pole? We’d love to know in the comments below!
Address: 190 Top of the Rock Rd. Ridgedale, MO 65739 Address: 201 E Gregory Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64114 Address: 8701 Clark Ave. Parkville, MO 64152 Address: 1 Government Dr. St. Louis, MO 63110 Address: 3500 St. Joseph Ave. St Joseph, MO 64505 Address: 1491 State Road D Camdenton, MO 65020 Address: 2500 Chapel Hill Rd. Columbia, MO 65203 Address: 1820 Market St. St. Louis, MO 63103