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First Step Back Home’s 10th Annual Christmas Wonderland

Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 10:19 am

Mark your calendars and join in for a “Happy Birthday Jesus” party at the 10th Annual Christmas Wonderland on Saturday, December 15, 2018 10:30 am – 2 pm at Wentzville United Methodist Church 725 Wall Street, Wentzville MO 63385.

The objective of this annual free event is to bless the poor in our community with Christmas celebration, gifts, and food, all provided by community groups and churches under leadership of First Step Back Home (FSBH) Ministry. Registration will begin at 10 am, and activities will get underway by 10:30 am.

Last year more than 550 people came to this growing popular event, including 185 children and teens, 200 parents or caregivers and nearly 180 volunteers, helpers and visitors from the community. This year things are sure to be fun and festive as well! Highlighting the day will be the arrival of Santa at 12:30 pm to greet and have photos with kids 12 and under. Before he comes, though, entertainment from Kinetic Tapestry, an aerial arts performance company in St. Louis County will be sure to wow adults and kids alike. Kids will also have several craft project opportunities, face painting and games. And there will be a special “Kids’ Only” shopping area where youngsters can find something special to wrap up for mom, dad or grandparents who have brought them to the event.

Lunch and snacks will be served throughout the day, and gifts for families will be provided as they become available to the ministry for distribution, including filled laundry/cleaning baskets, diapers, gifts for teens in attendance, lots of gently used books for children and personal care items including the SSM Smile Kits for kids.  Santa gifts will be available for children birth – 12 who attend that day.

  • If you are interested in donating holiday cookies, desserts or candy, contact Jan O’Rourke – 314-737-8400 or
  • If you would like to help with set up, clean up, crafts or activities, contact Julie Patthoff – 314-591-2528 or
  • If you can contribute new unwrapped toys, large gift bags, batteries for toys, tape or tissue paper, contact Sandi Bahr – 636-236-1737 or
  • If you have other ideas or just want to talk about other ways to be involved, contact Lana Kruse – 314-799-3694 or

All donations can be receipted as tax-deductible contributions to FSBH. Checks made out to FSBH, gift cards for gas or food, filled laundry baskets or new unwrapped toys can be sent to FSBH at 18 Auvergne Drive, Lake St. Louis, MO 63367 or brought to the venue on Friday, December 14, 2018 from 9 am – 3 pm or on the morning of the event.