Many weekend winter festivities around St. Louis canceled due dangerous cold

ST. LOUIS - With dangerously cold temperatures and wind chills 5 to 20 degrees below zero expected this holiday weekend, several New Year's celebrations in the St. Louis area have been canceled.

Winterfest at the Arch is canceled for the weekend meaning the last skating session at the rink for the season was last night. The closure includes a hockey tournament and a family friendly New Year's Eve celebration. A spokesman for the Gateway Arch Park Foundation says the safety of their guests is their top priority.

Also, Six Flags St. Louis in Eureka is canceling its Holiday in the Park Event. It was set to run through New Year's Day but Six Flags says it is ending its season now. A spokesperson says they apologize for the inconvenience and anyone who has a season pass will have until April 29th, 2018 to process the pass.

Westport Plaza was scheduled to have fireworks and carriage rides for Saturday and Sunday. Those events are now canceled as well. Westport says it will reschedule the events but a new date has not yet been determined.

The Garden Glow will be closed both December 31st and January 1st. The Botanical Garden and Gardenland Express will be open regular daytime hours from 9 am to 4 pm both days.

The City of Kirkwood has postponed its annual Winter Fireworks Festival. Officials in Kirkwood said it all boils down to safety.

The fireworks are typically delivered at 10 a.m. on the day of the show and need to be guarded from multiple points all day. Donna Poe, Executive Director of the Downtown Kirkwood Special Business District said they  didn’t feel comfortable asking people to be outside in this weather all day before the show.

The festival is now scheduled for Saturday, February 10, 2018. A DJ will play music at Kirkwood Station Plaza beginning at 5 p.m. The fireworks display will be launched from the parking lot of Kirkwood City Hall (139 S. Kirkwood Rd.) at 6:30 p.m.

Events still planned for this weekend:

Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park opens at 10 a.m. Sunday (Dec 31) and will stay open until 12:30 a.m. on Monday (Jan. 1). Guests will get festive hats and noisemakers. Admission is $7 and skates are available to rent for $6.
The Webster Groves Recreation Complex will have fireworks at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The annual Ringing of the Bells will take place Monday (Jan. 1) at noon in the downtown Belleville Public Square.