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Parents who enroll children ages 5 – 12 in O’Fallon’s “Holiday Break Camp” can enjoy peace of mind knowing that their kids are safe, having fun and getting exercise, too. For their part, kids can have a great time finding new friends, playing games, making crafts and enjoying other activities. Camps meet from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily in the Renaud Spirit Center, the City’s indoor recreation complex. Campers need to bring a sack lunch each day; no refrigeration is available. Two sessions are available:

  • Thursday and Friday, December 26-27; the cost is $28 for O’Fallon residents and $32 for non-residents.
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, December 30-31 and January 2-3 (no camp on Wednesday, January 1); the cost is $56 for O’Fallon residents and $63 for non-residents.

Parents and guardians must register campers in person no later than December 16. Registration can be taken at the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC), 2650 Tri Sports Circle (63368), or the Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 400 Civic Park Drive (63366). For office hours and other information call the RSC at 636-474-2732 or Parks and Recreation at 636-379-5606, or visit www.ofallon.mo.us.


Colorful landscapes, Western themes, and barn dances are among the paintings by artist Grant Kniffen that are currently on display through January 3 in O’Fallon’s Cultural Arts Gallery at the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC), 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, Missouri 63368.

Kniffen’s artwork is inspired by regional themes, American history, and landscapes both rural and wild. But he owes his compelling use of vibrant color, line, and a penchant for storytelling to childhood influences.    


Tree Lighting Ceremony (Video)

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Watch residents ring in the holidays at the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at O'Fallon's Municipal Centre.

For a joyous family night out, come to the Old-Fashioned Holiday Stroll and enjoy walking through the Celebration of Lights in Fort Zumwalt Park, O'Fallon 63366. The Old-Fashioned Holiday Stroll will be held on Tuesday, December 10, from 6 – 9 p.m. The cost is $2 for ages 3 and up, and free for younger children. To make the most of this festive evening, no vehicles, pets, bikes or skateboards will be allowed in the park.

  • See delightful holiday scenes and thousands of twinkling lights illuminating the park, listen to the sweet sounds of caroling and purchase tasty festival-style food and beverages.
  • Kids can visit Santa (don’t forget your camera!) and make a holiday craft, free.
  • Watch fireworks light up the sky over Lake Whetsel at 7:25 p.m.
  • Step into the St. Charles Model Railroad Club to see the club’s elaborate display of working model trains and miniature city and country landscapes. www.stcharlesrailroadclub.com
  • Warm up in the historic Heald Home, where vendors will sell holiday crafts, décor, and unique gifts.

Watch for signs to free parking and shuttle service near the park at the First Baptist Church, 8570 Veterans Memorial Parkway (63366), and O’Fallon Christian Church, 9380 Veterans Memorial Parkway (63366). The event will be held rain or shine.


Make plans to celebrate the holidays in memorable style riding through O’Fallon’s Celebration of Lights in Fort Zumwalt Park on a Segway, horse-drawn carriage or wagon, or aboard the City Train. The event opens for the season from 6 – 10 p.m. on Friday, November 29, and continues nightly through Monday, December 30 (closed on Christmas, December 25). Specialty rides will be available by reservation, only, in December.

  • Cruise along on a Segway! Suitable for ages 12 and up, Segway rides are available on Monday nights at a cost of $30 each. Training will be provided beforehand, and then riders will follow Santa on a Segway through the park. Photos will be available, too. Call Glide St. Louis at 314-868-7386. www.glidestlouistours.com/holiday2013.php
  • All aboard the O’Fallon City Train! Available on Mondays by reservation, tickets are $7 per person for ages 12 and up, $5 for ages 1-11, and free for infants 0 – 11 months. Rides leave every half hour. For reservations email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 636-379-5502.

“These popular rides offer a great way to have fun with your family and out-of-town guests over the holidays,” said Marsha Seymour, Manager of O’Fallon’s Office of Tourism and Festivals. “As a bonus, specialty rides provide an unobstructed, 360-degree view of the sights.”


Time Capsule Opening (Video)

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The City of O'Fallon recently opened a time capsule that was buried back in 1970. Here is the story about a group of students who reunited in a shared spirit for the past.

Check out how the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council is lending their voice to City Government.

Get ready for Veterans’ Day by stepping into the historic Heald Home (circa 1884) from 1 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 10, and chatting with Vietnam-era veterans about the exhibit of military uniforms, a field radio, C-rations, weapons, ammunition and memorabilia that will be on display for the afternoon. The weapons and ammunition are inert and cannot be fired.

“This is a hands-on display,” said Sheldon Hartsfield, spokesperson for VVA Chapter 458. “People will be able to pick the items up and even put on a helmet and field gear and see for themselves how much weight we used to carry running through the jungle.”


Beginning Monday, October 14, Fort Zumwalt Park in O’Fallon, Missouri, will officially close to vehicles so that crews can safely install holiday lights and scenes for the City’s annual Celebration of Lights display. The park will remain open to pedestrians who want to use the asphalt walking and jogging path through the park during daylight hours. Located on Jessup Drive (off Veterans Memorial Parkway), the park will reopen to traffic on January 20, 2014.

The public is invited to drive through the Celebration of Lights display, which opens at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 29 (the day after Thanksgiving), continuing nightly through December 30, except for Wednesday, December 25, when it will be closed for Christmas. The event, which is sponsored by the City of O’Fallon with help from local businesses, helps raise funds for participating not-for-profit organizations.


Can you help save a life or three? If you are at least 17 years old and healthy, please donate blood on Friday, October 18, between 11a.m. and 3 p.m. at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. O’Fallon’s “Making a Difference Blood Drive” will collect donations of whole blood and double-red blood cells.

“Taking a few minutes to donate whole blood can help as many as three people survive a life-threatening trauma or health condition,” said Kathy Halstead, Manager of Volunteer Services. “Double-red cell donations are especially important to surgical patients and those with cancer or chronic blood disorders.”