The weather’s getting colder and that means that the holiday season is approaching! Here are some events in St. Louis that you can check out in December.
Polar ExpressTM Train Ride – November 24th – December 30th
Kick off the holiday season by enjoying St. Louis’s version of the Polar Express. This train ride comes through St. Louis Union Station. Once aboard, kids can enjoy a holiday ride featuring all the magic of the famous book.
Holiday Wreath Auction – November 17th – January 1st
Find the perfect decoration for your door at this exhibit. Hosted at the Missouri Botanical Garden, local florists’ wreaths are displayed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day during the season. The exhibit turns into a silent auction, allowing you to buy your favorite design.
Soulard Holiday Parlour Tour – December 2nd – 3rd
For the 42nd year in a row, the Holiday Parlour Tour in Soulard will get you in the holiday spirit. You’ll be able to walk through historic homes that are decked out for the season. There is also a holiday bazaar, food, and music to enjoy.
Symphony Holiday Concerts – December 3rd – 31st
Throughout the month of December, there are tons of holiday concerts at Powell Hall in St. Louis. From solo performers like Broadway star Leslie Odom Jr. to grand holiday symphonies, there’s a little bit of everything to suit diverse music tastes.
There are plenty of ways to celebrate the month of December in St. Louis. So get out there and enjoy your city!
Fall is a beautiful time of year, which is why many people claim that it is their favorite. What’s not to love about the vibrantly colored leaves, wonderful smells, and spooky surprises? According to the Fall Foliage Map on SmokyMountains.com, Missouri should reach its peak autumn coloring between October 22nd and November 5th. This means it is time to take a Missouri road trip to see all the colors for yourself.
Only In Your State was kind enough to create a dream fall foliage tour that travels through some of the most scenic areas in Missouri. Here are some of the highlights of that trip.
- Castlewood State Park. Start your travels just south of St. Louis at this beautiful park with plenty of trails and expansive views.
- Ozark Scenic Riverways. Walk along the water for some spectacular views of the changing leaves. Try the Chubb Hollow Trail for the best views.
- Mark Twain National Forest. You can’t go on a nature adventure through Missouri without a visit to the state’s only national forest. Walk along the miles of trails and even spend a night or two camping out.
What is your favorite spot for leaf peeping in Missouri? If you need some advice on getting a new car for your next epic road trip, give us a call at Gateway Easy Auto Credit.
There is no denying that kids love Halloween. Everyone gets to dress up in fun costumes and, best of all, you get free candy by going door-to-door. But, as a parent, you know that costumes can be expensive and they often fall apart after just one or two wears. To save some money, and likely come away with a higher quality, try some of these DIY Halloween costumes.
- Raining Cats and Dogs. For this simple costume, all you need is an umbrella, a raincoat, and boots. Then, tape small cutouts of cats and dogs all over the umbrella.
- Twister. If your child is a giant ball of energy that leaves a mess in his or her wake, dress them up as a tornado. You will need a hula hoop, two large gray t-shirts, fabric glue, black tulle, a stapler, twigs, and dark gloves.
- Tomato. As an alternative to dressing as a pumpkin, try something red this year. This costume uses an oversized sweatshirt, so no sewing required.
- Mermaid. Using bubble wrap, cupcake liners, and a few other materials, you can turn your little girl into a shimmering mermaid.
What do your kids want to dress as this year? Stop by Gateway Easy Auto Credit and show off your costumes.
There are tons of St. Louis fun facts, one reason we at Gateway Easy Auto Credit Help put together a list of our favorites. From the logic behind certain names to lesser-known facts, there are several things you may have never heard about St. Louis before.
According to Sweetology, Auguste Chouteau founded Saint Louis in 1764, a city that quickly became the “Gateway to the West” because of its location near the edge of the frontier. In fact, the world-famous arch earned its name (the Gateway Arch) because of the city’s legacy as one of the last stops on the way to the West.
St. Louis is the home of beer in the US, because it has the Anheuser-Busch brewery—the largest beer-producing plant in the nation. It makes Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob, Rolling Rock, Busch, and more. The brand also owns companies like LandShark Lager and Johnny Appleseed. There’s another classic drink that’s associated with St. Louis: ice tea. Richard Blechyden mixed ice and tea at the 1904 World’s Fair to create the signature drink for the first time.
Famous foods have also been created in St. Louis. For example, the ice cream cone was first created at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis when an ice-cream vendor ran out of bowls and had a waffle seller roll up waffles into cones for storing ice cream. Aunt Jemima pancake flour—invented at nearby St. Joseph, MS—was also sold from the area. It was the first self-rising flour for pancakes, as well as the first ready-mix food in the US.
These are just some of the many fun facts that are a part of local history. Our dealership and staff couldn’t be happier to serve a fascinating city like St. Louis.
Looking for the best ways to save money? At Gateway Easy Auto Credit Help, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite tips and tactics for saving money. Whether you simply change your eating habits or set entirely new goals, there are a few things you can do to go from red to the black in the books in months.
According to Regions, one of the first things you should do is set new savings goals. It might sound simple, but setting realistic goals at least once a year will increase the likelihood that you save more money—even if you don’t meet your goals. If you’re looking for a new car, for example, set a goal to save up for the down payment by creating a savings timeline.
Next, stop smoking and cook at home. These are easier said than done, but quitting smoking can save most people about $3,000 per year. Over a decade, that’s enough for a new car. Ordering takeout is also expensive in the long run, one reason you should learn how to cook healthy, nutritious meals at home.
Above all else, start paying off your debt. Packing a lunch and setting goals can go a long way, but few things do more damage than rampant debt. Pay off the accounts with the highest interest first (usually credit cards), and seek a certified financial advisor if you think you might be in over your head. These are just some of the many things you can to do save money over time.