From seeing ol' St. Nick in person to helping out a good cause for the holidays, there's lots St. Louis to do to celebrate the Christmas season this year.
Check this round-up of events shared with Patch in the area to find the best ones for you, your friends and family this weekend.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14
St. Louis Green Holiday Light Recycling Drive: This ongoing drive allows you to drop off your used holiday lights at area Walmart locations and benefit Operation Food Search at the same time. The drop-off continues through Dec. 30.
Home Grown Trees: These lot owners have been in business for 35 years, with a selection of trees, wreaths, garland and handmade ornaments to help decorate this holiday.
Shining Light Tree Lot: Another option in Rock Hill to find that perfect Christmas tree.
Blood Drive: Pitch in at a blood drive at Des Peres Hospital from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Date Night Regional Cuisine: Up for a bonding experience? L'Ecole Culinaire is hosting their weekly date night, where you'll learn how to make your own culinary masterpieces. Fun pre-Christmas outing?
2,000 Pieces of Jewelry: Lots of new stock in jewelry is here for the holidays at Granny Tsai's Resale and Donation Center.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15
Verizon Wireless Workshop Tablet Test Drive: Thinking about getting a tablet for the holidays? Learn tips and tricks at the Creve Coeur Verizon Wireless to find the right one for you or that person on your gift list.
Printmaking Workshop at the Magic House: The Magic House is teaming up with the Saint Louis Art Museum for this fun workshop specifically for budding printmakers ages 10-14. Maybe a cool, handmade gift will come out of it!
Parents' Day Out: Village Lutheran Church is offering fun activities for children ages 3-10 to give parents some time to help Santa pick out presents.
Family Holiday Fun at Whole Foods Market: Stop by the Whole Foods in Town and Country starting at noon for a visit with Santa and other family activities.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16
Weekly Harvest at Local Harvest Grocery: Get a jump on holiday recipes and check out ingredients at Local Harvest in Kirkwood.
iPhone 5 Wireless Workshop: Got an iPhone 5 for an early Christmas present? Learn how to talk to Siri and use the new features at the Kirkwood Verizon Wireless.