First Night: General Information
With the assistance of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Grand Center will be staffed with police officers and security stationed throughout the festival footprint. In the interest of safety, please do not bring coolers or glass containers with you. Purses, backpacks and large bags will be subject to a visual search.
LOST AND FOUND
If you have become disconnected from your child or a family member, go to the Command Center in the Grand Center, Inc. offices located at 3526 Washington, Suite 300. Volunteers and police will be enlisted to help re-connect you with your family. If you have lost or found a personal item of value, please turn it in or leave your contact information at the Command Center.
For minor injuries, cuts or scrapes, visit the Command Center in the Grand Center, Inc. offices located at 3526 Washington, Suite 200. An EMS unit will also be located there in case of a medical emergency.
All cultural institutions, the churches and most of the buildings have public restrooms. Portable facilities will be available on Olive, on the West side of Grand and on Grand in front of 634 N. Grand.
SERVICES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
Handicap accessible parking is available at each of the parking lots and garages. All Metro buses are wheelchair accessible.
All cultural institutions are wheelchair accessible.
Several of our performances will be interpreted for the hearing impaired. Please check the printed program guide the night of the event for the specific performances. Also, we have indicated the performances that will be interpreted in the program descriptions on the web site.
Service animals are welcome.
INFORMATION AND ADMISSION BUTTONS
Maps and program schedules are available where Admission Buttons are purchased: First Night Souvenir and Button Tent, in front of 500 N. Grand Blvd. and in the Saint Louis University Busch Student Center.
From First Night commemorative t-shirts to hundreds of glo-in-the-dark items, you’ll want to check out our fun and colorful souvenir shop at the Busch Student Center and at the First Night Souvenir and Button Tent at 500 N. Grand Blvd.
HOW TO DRESS
Wear a warm coat, hat and gloves. While most of the First Night events are indoors, we want you to experience as many of them as you can so that means walking from venue to venue as well as enjoying all of the visual sights and surprises we have prepared for you! And, you won’t want to miss the opening and closing ceremonies and the spectacular fireworks… so dress warm.
FOOD AND DRINK
It’s a winter food festival! “Warm up” with a cup of hot chocolate or fresh, brewed coffee as you stroll and find “comfort” with many of your favorite snacks, treats and sweets located throughout the festival.
Several neighborhood establishments will be open to the public: Best Steakhouse, The Bistro in Grand Center, BaiKu, City Diner at the Fox, Dooley’s, Field House, Lucha, Triumph Grill and Vito’s Sicilian Restaurant. We also have several food and beverage trucks available along Olive and Washington Blvd.
Food and drink are not permitted inside the theaters, concert halls and churches.
First Night is a non-alcoholic event.
IN THE EVENT OF SEVERE WEATHER
First Night will go on regardless of temperature, rain, sleet or snow!
A FEW MORE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Food, drinks and smoking will not be permitted inside the theaters, concert halls or churches.
Stroller space is limited, however, we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.
First Night is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
First Night is an alcohol free event.
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