COMMUNITY & CULTURE Colonial Marketplace MEET ME IN… Ladue I f you are looking for city sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style, believe it or not, you just may find that special something for that special someone in the mostly residential enclave of Ladue, which remakes itself into a shopper’s delight come the holidays. You can bet shoppers will be lining the sidewalks at some of Ladue’s shopping destinations such as the Market Place in Ladue on Clayton Road, Colonial Marketplace, Clayprice Shopping Center and Ladue Crossing, where you’ll find many locally owned and operated boutiques, specialty stores and eateries. But once you get your fill of all the hustle and bustle, it’s time to shift your focus from the presents, to just being present - and one of the best ways to experience the joys of the season in St. Louis can be found in Ladue. Tilles Park has long been a favorite for family picnics, casual strolling or for relaxing lakeside to watch the world go by. Just like much of 68 GAZELLE STL the acreage in Ladue, the property was formerly farmland, owned by Andrew “Captain” Tilles. Born in St. Louis in 1865, Tilles was in the cigar and tobacco business, and also worked in real estate. He donated the land to the city of St. Louis in 1932 for use as a public park in memory of his mother, Rosalie. St. Louis County purchased the park from the city in 1957. This time of year, Tilles Park is one of the most popular destinations in town. That’s because from now until Dec. 30, more than a million twinkling lights transform the park into Winter Wonderland. The drive-through display, which is now in its third decade, features a toy factory, a bubbling stream, a tunnel of lights, and - of course - Santa and his reindeer. In recent years, Winter Wonderland has also become an idyllic spot to pop the question. Couples looking for a romantic, holiday setting opt for the sweetheart carriages for two; there are also carriages for families and bigger groups. County B y T r i s h M u y c o - To b i n