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A Spirited Holiday Past

December 3, 2022 @ 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum is proud to participate in Historic Saint Louis’ annual “A Spirited Holiday Past.” Join us at the cemetery Saturday, December 3rd, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Historic Hotchkiss Chapel. We will have re-enactors wearing era-appropriate attire, special programing throughout the day, two fire pits, holidays music, and roasted Chestnuts grown on our 314-acre accredited Arboretum.

We will also have games, guided general and iconography outdoor walking tours, and a seated video presentation indoors. Sign up for these events now!


  • Holiday Games, 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., sign up now!
  • General Outdoor Walking Tour, 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., sign up now!
  • Iconography Walking Tour, 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m., sign up now!
  • General Outdoor Walking Tour, 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., sign up now!
  • Holiday Games, 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., sign up now!
  • 1904 World’s Fair Indoor Presentation, 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., sign up now!

This free holiday event will be something the whole family can enjoy. We hope to see you here!



Have you ever wondered how your ancestors enjoy the holidays in days gone past? Now is your chance to step back in time and take part in activities of the holidays that made merry. Our hosts from the Mourning Society of St. Louis will aid you on your journey to the past by supplying knowledge of games of the past?



Each of the guided walks will be one hour over less than a mile of light terrain.

  • The general walks will focus on historical stories, architecture, and some iconography.
  • The iconography walk will focus on the imagery/symbols on different monuments and their meanings.


Join us for a PowerPoint presentation on those persons associated with the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, whose final place of rest is Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum.

David R. Francis, Issac Taylor, William Lemp, and Adolphus Busch all had a hand in making the 1904 World’s Fair the Grandest Fair ever.

Triumph and Tragedy will be explored in this 50-minute presentation, which will be presented in the Historic Hotchkiss Chapel built in 1909.


For more information on all participating venues, please visit the Historic St. Louis website or their Facebook event page.



December 3, 2022
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum