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See Santa this weekend and celebrate the holidays all monthlong with Crestwood

Photo by Erin Achenbach
Santa Claus traded his reindeer and sleigh for a red Jeep Wrangler during the Christmas in Crestwood parade in 2020.

See Santa Saturday in Crestwood during a day full of holiday activities as part of the annual ‘Christmas in Crestwood.’

This year, Santa’s Winter Wonderland is back. Hosted inside St. Raymond-St. Elizabeth Church gymnasium, 1420 Sappington Road, families will find themselves immersed in fun and Christmas cheer. Sponsored by the Crestwood business community, the event includes fun activities and giveaways for kids, face painting, clowns, raffles, treats and photos with Santa from 1 to 3 p.m. Preregistration for photos is recommended. Register at Also starting at 1 p.m., citizens will have the opportunity to exchange canned food items for kids goody bags at the church.

At 3:45 p.m. the Santa Car Cruise will commence, with decked-out cars parading through the city. Traveling through all four wards in Crestwood, the route will feature Crestwood fire and police vehicles escorting Santa as well as an entourage of classic cars and decked-out vehicles.

Santa will make a stop in all four wards to say hello to children and families. The stops are:

Ferndale Park — Corner of Briarton Drive and Liggett Avenue

Whitecliff Park — near the Community Center

First Baptist Church — East Watson at Crest Oak Lane

Rayburn Park — on Rayburn Avenue near the bee sculpture

A fireworks display by Brilliant Skies Fireworks will start at 6:30 p.m., with recommended viewing spots at Crestwood City Hall, Crestwood Elementary, Kohls and Schnucks.

For a full list of events and activities, visit

Other ongoing Christmas events in the city include an essay contest. Students K-12 as well as adults can submit personal essays for an essay contest. This year’s theme is “What I love About Crestwood.” Student contestants should write a one- to two-page essay while adult contestants should write a two- to three-page essay

Completed essay with entry form may be dropped off in the Christmas in Crestwood mailbox located in front of Crestwood City Hall, 1 Detjen Drive, or mailed to: Christmas in Crestwood, 1 Detjen Drive Crestwood, MO 63126.

Essays must be submitted by Dec. 31 and four winners will be chosen in January.

You can also catch Santa around the city through the season. Every Friday, starting Nov. 12 and ending Dec. 23, Christmas in Crestwood will publish clue photos at showing Santa in a Crestwood location. The task is to creatively recreate each photo and submit it for a chance to win.

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