Standing in line to see Santa Claus at the mall tests your patience: there's the long wait, dealing with young (and old) lap-sitters, and nary a snack in sight. Missouri Botanical Garden hosts a welcome alternative to the conventional excursion with Saturday with Santa: Christmas Carols in the Garden. Purchase a cookie and hot beverage while watching area choruses perform holiday selections -- and get some face time in with the Big Guy. If you know you've been naughty, use this chance to make nice -- or at least get some great decorating ideas for holiday greenery.
Noon-4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 13. Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard; 314-577-5100 or www.mobot.org). Free with regular garden admission ($3-$8).
Sat., Dec. 13, 12-4 p.m., 2014