It’s probably just us, but we think Charles Brennan has pretty much replaced Santa as the winter season’s iconic image in St. Louis. Although in days past the arrival of the portly elf carried most of the weight in starting the region’s countdown to Christmas, these days it is Mr. Brennan’s svelter presence at the annual lighting of the Salvation Army Tree of Lights that most suggests the holidays to us.
On November 21, Mr. Brennan will reprise his annual role as emcee of the Macy’s Holiday Festival of Lights in Kiener Plaza. He will be joined by Mayor Francis Slay, Macy’s execs, the Winter Muny Kids, the Variety Children’s Chorus, and the Central and Visual Performing Arts High School Jazz Show Choir. The event will include a reading of The Night before Christmas and will welcome the arrival of Santa Claus. (See our point? Mr. Brennan first, then Santa.)
Following that event, Macy’s will unveil its animated holiday window displays, with the theme of “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus”. (And, yes, Mr. Brennan will emcee that event, too.)
After the window unveiling, Macy’s will host a holiday open house with five floors of family fun in the downtown store until 9 pm. Complimentary hot chocolate and treats will be served throughout the evening while supplies last. (Mr. Brennan likes treats.)
Free parking for the event will be available in the Macy’s Parking Garage.