Mission Statement

Christmas in St. Louis (CISL) and the Christmas in St. Louis Foundation (Foundation) are comprehensive volunteer community-focused, non-profit organizations with distinct, yet complementary missions.

CISL is a civic organization dedicated to adding to the community’s celebration of the holiday season by coordinating Christmas lighting and decorations and thereby increasing tourism, shopping, dining and hotel usage in the St. Louis metropolitan area during the holiday season.

The Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to assisting and supporting, primarily through promotion and marketing, numerous local charities during the holiday season.

Chairman’s Message

The Christmas in St. Louis Foundation is dedicated to the celebration of the holiday season in the St. Louis area.

We are a community with deep traditions and rich history tied to our downtown.  Whether it is the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, the Rams at the Dome, the Blues at the Scottrade Center, a concert at the Peabody Opera House, dining along Washington Avenue, or a picnic in the Citygarden, the resurgence in downtown St. Louis is incredible.  What a great place to live, work and play today!

Over the holidays, we host two special family events that have become a holiday tradition for hundreds of thousands.

On November 21, 2015, the Ameren Missouri Festival of Lights will kick off the holiday season at Union Station.  Live musical and dance troupes will perform under the train shed, and we will light up the Salvation Army Christmas Tree with the special help of Santa.  At the end, we will celebrate with a special fireworks display at Aloe Plaza across from Union Station.

On November 26, 2015, the Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Parade will take to the streets of downtown St. Louis.  Our parade features over 130 units, including marching bands, specially made floats, helium balloons, vintage cars and many other surprises.  This year will be the 31st anniversary of the parade, which has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best Thanksgiving Parades in the country.

In keeping with the spirit of the holiday season, we recognize and showcase local charities each year that made a difference in our community.  We award a grant to each charity and, working with our media partner, KMOV-TV, provide broadcast exposure during the parade to highlight their incredible mission and outstanding work here in St. Louis.

We invite you to attend all of our events with your families and friends.  Make your own special memories this holiday season, and please do not forget those in need.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Kenneth J. Mallin
Chairman, Christmas in St. Louis

Contributions and Donations

Thank you for your interest in supporting the many charitable and community activities that the Christmas In St. Louis organization makes possible.  If you wish to make a donation, there are two ways to do so, including to:

  • The Christmas In St. Louis Foundation, a tax-exempt, publicly supported charity qualified under Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the Foundation are deductible as charitable contributions, and should be made payable to Christmas In St. Louis Foundation.
  • Christmas In St. Louis (CISL), a tax-exempt civic organization qualified under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to CISL are not deductible as charitable contributions, but in appropriate circumstances may be deductible as business expenses. Contributions to CISL should be made payable to Christmas In St. Louis.

Please mail your check to:

Christmas In St. Louis
c/o Kenneth J. Mallin
Bryan Cave LLP
211 North Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63102

Many thanks for helping to make this community-wide effort such an outstanding success.  Thanks to you, Christmas In St. Louis is truly “A Special Time in a Special Place.”


You and your company or organization can get involved in one of the best parades in the United States!

Contact our sponsorship and development team HERE.