Riverboats at the Gateway Arch: Holiday Cruises

The Riverboats at the Gateway Arch, located below the Arch on the St. Louis Riverfront, will celebrate the holiday season with a lineup of cruises for all ages and interests, including breakfast with Santa Claus, a holiday dinner cruise, a festive drag show brunch and a New Year’s Eve party.

“Create lasting memories this holiday season aboard the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch,” said Mary Lamie, Executive Vice President of Multi Modal Enterprises, Bi-State Development. “The riverboats have a festive cruise for everyone and offer unique experiences that can’t be found anywhere in St. Louis.”

A complete cruise schedule is available at gatewayarch.com/riverboats. Reservations are required for all cruises. Cruises sell out fast, so it is highly encouraged to make reservations early by calling 877-982-1410 or visiting gatewayarch.com/buytickets.

PJs and Pancakes with Santa Cruise
It’s a holiday outing for the entire family: Cruise the Mighty Mississippi on a replica paddlewheel riverboat with the big man himself—Santa Claus! Come dressed in your favorite PJs and enjoy a bountiful breakfast buffet, holiday crafts and other activities, unique views of downtown and the Arch, and take a photo with Santa.

WHEN: Saturdays: November 23 & 30, December 7 & 14. 9:30-11:30 a.m.

TICKETS: $38 per person. Children 2 and under are free.

Jingle & Mingle Holiday Dinner Cruise
Celebrate the holidays in style and make memories aboard the Jingle & Mingle Holiday Dinner Cruise. This floating extravaganza features: DJ spinning festive classics and today’s hits; chef-prepared buffet dinner with all your holiday favorites; cash bar featuring beer, wine and cocktails; and festive lights and decor from top to bottom.

WHEN: Thursday through Sunday, December 5-15. 7:30-10 p.m.

TICKETS: Thursdays: $50 for adults; $30 for children; Fridays-Sundays: $53 for adults; $33 for children. Children 2 and under are free. Discount alert: The more, the merrier! Bring your friends, family or co-workers together for the celebration, and enjoy discount pricing on groups of 20 or more.

Blues Cruise

Dance the night away and take part in a St. Louis tradition, as the Soulard Blues Band provides rocking, live entertainment and you enjoy illuminated views of downtown St. Louis.

WHEN: Thursday, December 12. 8:30-11 p.m.

TICKETS: $22 per person. Cash bar. Must be 21 or older.

Brunching with Queens Cruise

Don’t let your weekend be a “drag”! A merry Sunday Funday is guaranteed as you enjoy a fabulous brunch buffet and host Jade Sinclair and St. Louis’ most glamourous queens provide live, holiday-themed entertainment.

WHEN: Sunday, December 15. 1-3 p.m.

TICKETS: $47 per person. Cash bar. Must be 21 or older.

New Year’s Eve Party Cruise

Ring in the New Year with a view of the magnificent St. Louis skyline. Featuring an elegant three-course dinner, open bar, DJ entertainment, and midnight champagne toast.

WHEN: Monday, December 31. 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

TICKETS: $99 per person. Must be 21 or older.


The Riverboats at the Gateway Arch are located below the south leg of the Gateway Arch at 50 S. Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63102. Parking is available on the Mississippi River levee in front of the boats for a cash fee.

About the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch: The Riverboats at the Gateway Arch—the Becky Thatcher and the Tom Sawyer—offer a variety of Mississippi River excursions with unique themes and breathtaking views of the St. Louis skyline, including the popular St. Louis Riverfront, Blues and Sunday Brunch cruises. A complete 2019 sightseeing cruise schedule can be found at gatewayarch.com/riverboats.