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Extended Hours Thanksgiving Weekend

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Date: November 18, 2010
Contact: Amber Morris, 314-469-3500 (o) 314-719-7566 (m)
Contact: Rick Ziino, 314-655-1725


Day After Thanksgiving Marks One of the Busiest Days of the Year at Arch andLaunches Holiday Season of Events at The Old Courthouse

What: While many people “shop ‘til they drop” at the mall the day after Thanksgiving, lots of people take the opportunity to visit the Gateway Arch at the Core of Discovery. In fact, Friday, November 26, is expected to be one of the busiest days of the year for the nation’s tallest monument. Last year, more than 6,000 people visited the Gateway Arch.

To accommodate visitors, the Gateway Arch will offer extended hours on Friday and Saturday, November 26 and 27, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. To help avoid long lines and possible ticket sellouts, visitors are encouraged to purchase tram ride and/or movie tickets in advance at 877-982-1410 or via the Gateway Arch page on CoreofDiscovery.com. Gateway Arch Riverboat sightseeing cruises and helicopter rides are also available at the riverfront.Avoid the traffic and catch a ride on the Holiday Magic Train, sponsored by the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission. Visit www.metrostlouis.org for details.

In addition, the National Park Service will kick off a holiday season of events at the Old Courthouse, which continues through January 8 and features historic holiday celebrations, music and activities in the rotunda. Visitors can also find unique holiday gifts at the shops at the Gateway Arch or Old Courthouse, which feature Gateway Arch holiday ornaments, gourmet foods, books and children’s toys.

When:Gateway Arch at the Core of Discovery

              Friday, November 26, and Saturday, November 27
9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (extended hours)

              Old Courthouse

              Friday, November 26 and Saturday, November 27
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


 Special Performances

Friday, November 26                 

    12 p.m. – St. Louis Brass Band Quintet
1 p.m. – The Caroling Party                 
2 p.m. – Bob Kramer’s Marionnettes

Saturday, November 27

   12 p.m. – Clayton Silver Strings
 1 p.m. – Bob Kramer’s Marionnettes


Note: The Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s Day.


Where: The Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse at Jefferson
National Expansion Memorial in theCore of Discovery

Did You Know?

Drawing of Dred Scott from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 1857

In 1846, a slave named Dred Scott sued for his freedom at the St. Louis Courthouse. His case went all the way to the Supreme Court, where the verdict set the stage for the Civil War. Today, the Old Courthouse is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Click to learn more about Dred Scott. More...