Top Things to Do During the Winter in Downtown St. Louis

Don’t let the cold weather keep you cooped up at home – there are plenty of things to do during the winter in Downtown St. Louis! Local businesses and attractions have reimagined their wintertime activities to ensure a safe and fun season. From time-honored traditions to brand-new experiences, there’s something for everyone in Downtown this time of year.

St. Louis Wheel

The St. Louis Wheel at Union Station

If you’ve been anywhere near Downtown in the past few months, chances are you’ve seen the 200-foot tall Ferris wheel gracing the skies above Union Station. Believe it or not, now is the perfect time to experience its awe-inspiring view! Each of the Wheel’s 42 gondolas are climate-controlled, so even the chilliest of winter nights shouldn’t deter you from taking a ride. And if you have yet to visit St. Louis’ latest attraction after dark, you’re missing out on a fantastic light display!

Grand Hall Light Show at Union Station

Experience the color and wonder of a stunning 3D light show in the Grand Hall of St. Louis Union Station! Each night from 5pm – 10pm, The first light show of its kind in the US showcases bright images dancing around the 65 foot ceiling of the lobby in a state of the art show designed specifically for this historic hotel.

The Selfie Room

Whether you’re looking to show off some festive photos for your social media followers or just add some fond memories to your holiday highlight reel, the Selfie Room has you covered. Grab your friends and snap some seasonal shots in the Selfie Room’s all-new winter sets. Now reservation only, call (314) 553-9175 to reserve your spot!

St. Louis Aquarium

All aboard for a splashin’ good time! Explore the wanders of the deep sea in our own Downtown! The St. Louis Aquarium is 120,000 square feet of fun with more than 40 exhibits and nearly 300 different species, including a very special blue lobster, Lord Stanley. Reservations are limited, so be sure to purchase your ticket and plan your trip online!

Ballpark Village

From watch the the Blues on the biggest screen Downtown to enjoying jams on the weekend, Ballpark Village has something for everyone to enjoy!  Live & in person concerts are scheduled again at Fox Sports Midwest LIVE! From Hot Country Nights to Platinum Rock Legends, this season’s concert series has something for everyone. Both regular seating and events have limited capacity, offering you a safe & socially distanced experience.

Cozy Rooftops and Patios

Winter weather may be setting in, but heated rooftop bars and cozy restaurant patios across Downtown St. Louis remain open for business. After all, what’s the point of having one of the most iconic skylines in the nation if folks can’t enjoy the view year-round? For fans of outdoor dining, we’ve selected some of Downtown’s hottest spots to enjoy during the coldest months of the year in our blog post here.

Escape the Room St. Louis

Looking for an excuse to escape your house? Try Escape the Room! Perfectly suited for larger groups, St. Louis’ #1 escape room experience challenges you and your friends to solve puzzles, uncover secrets and work together to unlock the exit. You can choose from four unique rooms, each with its own theme and storyline. You better think fast. The clock’s ticking. For your safety, all escape rooms are now private experiences.

Flamingo Bowl

Some call bowling a sport; others claim it’s just a game. Whichever side of the debate you support, you can’t deny bowling’s year-round appeal. Score some strikes during your spare time at Flamingo Bowl. Downtown’s most popular lanes are open late so you can enjoy delicious food and signature drinks alongside some friendly competition. It’s never too cold to play a few frames. Flamingo is currently running at reduced capacity, so be sure to call ahead and reserve your lane!

You don’t need to wait for a holiday to experience incredible moments this season. There’s plenty of fun to go around, so don’t miss out on these wonderful winter activities! To find even more fun ways to enjoy Downtown in the winter, visit our list of Downtown St. Louis Shops to Visit This Holiday Season, Downtown Restaurants with Drinks To-Go and Downtown Restaurants with Delivery, Carry Out and Curbside Pick–Up.