12 Super Fun Things To Do In Missouri In January

Last updated on December 30th, 2023 at 09:24 am.

Brrr, it’s January in Missouri! But don’t let the cold weather keep you down. There are still plenty of fun things to do in our beautiful state. From outdoor adventures to cozy indoor activities, we’ve got something for everyone. So grab your winter coat and get ready to explore!

I’ve rounded up a dozen must-do activities across the Show-Me State to kick off the year with a bang. Picture this – from scenic hikes amidst the Ozark Mountains in Branson to a sinfully sweet chocolate tour in Springfield.

Or if you are a car enthusiast, head to the St. Louis Auto Show for an automotive utopia. And if you’re a fan of frozen wonders, head over to St. Charles for an Ice Carving Competition that’ll leave you mesmerized. We’ve got your winter adventure checklist covered with this list of things to do in Missouri.

15 Fun Things to do in Missouri in January

best Things To Do in Missouri in January 2024

There are a lot of things to do in Missouri in January, so I suggest bookmarking this blog post as I plan to update it regularly with new information and updates.

We hope this list is fun inspiration to explore the Show Me State in January. We also have lists for the best things to do in St. Louis in January and the most fun things to do in Kansas City in January.

1. First Day Hike at Table Rock State Park in Branson – January 1, 2024

river hike in Ozarks

Celebrate the first day of the year with a guided 2.9-mile hike in Branson’s state park. Registration is required for First Day Hike at Table Rock, and don’t forget to bring a water bottle, dress warm, and wear sturdy shoes.

The hike will begin at the Lakeshore Trailhead at State Park Marina, located at 380 State Park Marina Road in Branson. Refreshments will be offered at the end of the hike.

The hike takes place Monday, January 1st from 12-2 pm

Location: Table Rock State Park. 5272 State Highway 165, Branson, MO

2. Self-Guided Winter Trail Butterfly Trail in Independence – January 1 – 31

Outdoor enthusiasts will love the decorated Butterfly Trail in Independence. This year’s trail will feature holiday trees. Each tree along the paved path is decorated by local families, businesses, and organizations in support of Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity. Let your holiday trail lead you to the holiday trail at George Owens Nature Park!

The trail is open Tue-Sat 8:30am – 5:00pm.

Location: George Owens Nature Park; 1601 S Speck Rd, Independence, MO 64057

3. Tour of Askinosie Chocolate Factory in Springfield – January 8, 15, 22, 29 in 2024

Askinosie Chocolate Factory

Weekly Monday tours of the Askinosie Chocolate Factory happen at 3pm and offer a behind-the-scenes look into what it takes to craft bean-to-bar chocolate, that’s made by hand from rare cocoa beans sourced directly from farmers across the globe.

Tours last approximately 45 minutes and include LOTS of samples.

Tickets cost $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for children and students. 100% of your ticket price supports Chocolate University programs.

Reservations are strongly encouraged. 

Location: 514 E. Commercial St., Springfield, MO 65803

4. 41st Annual Pat Strawhun Memorial Winter Bluegrass Festival in Eureka – January 5-6, 2024

2024 Pat Strawhun Memorial Winter Bluegrass Festival in Eureka

The Winter Bluesgrass Festival is indoors and a perfect way to get a music fix in January. Friday night is a fiddle/banjo contest and Saturday music from 1 p.m. – 5p.m plus a Saturday night concert.

Special Guitar Workshop on Sat at 11 AM.

A weekend pass is $30, and children under 18 enter free with a paying adult, which makes this a fun and affordable event for the whole family. Stay at the Holiday Inn Six Flags and get a reduced rate for attending the festival.

Location: Holiday Inn Six Flags, 4901 Six Flags Rd, Eureka, MO

5. Farmers Market of the Ozarks in Springfield – January 6, 13, 20, 27, 2024

It may not be prime growing season, but you can still buy sustainable produce and local art in Springfield. The Farmers Market of the Ozarks an open-air market and admission is free.

The market is open every Saturday in January from 9:00am – 1:00pm

Location: Farmers Park Pavilion, 2144 E Republic Rd, Springfield, MO 65804

6. St. Louis Auto Show in St. Louis – January 18-21, 2024

See over 500 new vehicles at the largest auto event in the St. Louis area. Preview a supercar while the kiddos enjoy the bouncy house, and then gather to watch expert drifters do their stuff. Admission for the STL Louis Auto Show is $12 for adults, and kids 12 and under enter FREE.

Fri: 12 PM – 9 PM, Sat & Sun: 11 AM – 9 PM, Mon: 10 AM – 5 PM

Location: America’s Center and The Dome, 701 Convention Plaza, St. Louis, MO, 63101

7. Second Saturday Gallery Night in Hannibal – January 13, 2024

1st Friday art gallery

View work by local artists in a variety of mediums while enjoying food, drinks, and conversation with other art lovers at the Second Saturday Gallery Night. Admission is FREE!

Saturday, January 14th, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: Alliance Art Gallery, 112 North Main Street, Hannibal, MO 63401

8. Family Winter Carnival in St. Louis – January 13, 2024

This family-friendly annual event is FREE! Hosted by St. Louis community members, the Winter Carnival has a Mardi Gras vibe with plenty of activities for kiddos. Be sure to have your masks on and your faces painted.

Shoebox Float Gallery: children from across St. Louis are invited to design their own Mardi Gras float using shoe boxes. This one-of-a-kind competition will challenge everyone’s creativity and craftiness, and get the experience of being the Mardi Gras parade director. 

Location: Lift For Life Elementary School Gym: 1920 S 7th St., (Entrance will be on Broadway, one block East)

9. Hermann Wedding Trail – Sunday January 14, 2024

Held three times a year, the Wedding Trail showcases all Hermann has to offer for a beautiful Wine Country wedding.

During the Wedding Trail, engaged couples and their families have an opportunity to tour wedding and reception venues at their own pace. Along the way, they can meet with wedding vendors and explore lodging options.

Wedding Trail Hours 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. This event is free.

Location: Engaged couples can register at the Visitor Information Center at Amtrak, where they will get the Wedding Trail map, and a list of wedding vendors.

10. Mid-Missouri Brewery Collectibles Show in Osage Beach – January 19-20, 2024

beer caps

This is the Show for you if you collect: Anything to do with beer, you’ll find it here! The Missouri Brewery Collectibles Show features; cans, bottles, openers, tap knobs, all manner of beer and brewery advertising items: mirrors and tin signs, neon and lighted signs, trays, steins, beer glasses, mugs, labels, coasters, craft/micro-brewery, and more

Location: Inn at Grand Glaize; 5142 Osage Beach Pkwy, Osage Beach, MO

11. Maplewood Sweet Tooth Tour – January 27, 2024

A family event that focuses on what’s important — homemade sweets! Restaurants and shops will be handing out samples all afternoon throughout the historic downtown of Maplewood. Get your $21 tickets soon! Ticket sales end at 6 PM CST Thursday, January 25, 2024 and will not be sold at the Sweet Tooth Tour event.

The event runs from 12pm – 4pm.

Location: Historic Downtown Maplewood, MO & Check-in is located at Sutton Loop Park (2815 Sutton Blvd.)

12. Fete de Glace … Ice Carving Competition in St. Charles – January 27, 2024

Fete de Glace, Ice Carving Competition in St. Charles
Photo Credit: Discover St Charles

This Fete de Glace ice festival is the perfect family activity. Ice carvers fill two blocks of North Main Street in St. Charles, MO. You can watch carvers bring the ephemeral art of ice carving to life with chainsaws, chisels, grinders and knives, as well as hot irons and cold spray. Each carver starts with a single block of ice weighing 260 lbs. and dissects it and reassembles it into wondrous sparkling creations.

There are outdoor fire pits, restaurants serving breakfast or lunch and shops to wander in to help you stay warm. Plan to stay for a few hours so you can watch the sculptures develop from a block of ice.

Location: 100 N. Main St. Saint Charles, MO 63301

Missouri Weather in January

Temperatures in Missouri in January continue to get colder. A daily low-temperature average is 26°F (rarely falling below 9°F or exceeding 40°F). The daily high in January is about 41°F (rarely falling below 25°F or exceeding 59°F). January brings the chance of 1-4 days of snow, but the good news is, with an average annual snowfall of 12.9 inches, Missouri is one of the least snowy states in the United States. Obviously, depending on where you visit in Missouri, there will be variations to the averages.

When you head out to the above January festivals and events, make sure to bundle up with mittens, a hat, scarf, and a warm jacket!

Oh, by the way….. January is a popular month for job hunting. If you are looking for job opportunities in Missouri we wish you all the luck in the world!

Missouri Events for Every Month

There are plenty of activities in Missouri every month and we have lists of the best things to do in Missouri for every month of the year! Just click any month to plan your next MO adventure! January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

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