Pick the Perfect Present in Pulaski! (Last Minute Shoppers Edition)

It’s almost Christmas, still have some last minute gifts to get checked off your list or need something to fill that empty stocking? Look no further, here are some great gift ideas right here in Pulaski County, Missouri that will make the task a little easier.

There are many great shopping opportunities here locally. Visit one of the larger retail stores for that time saver, one stop shopping experience or support one of the locally owned small businesses for a more personalized shopping experience. Shopping locally for a special gift that you just can’t find anywhere else is so much better than that “Jelly of the Month Club Membership.”

For the collector or antique browser, be sure to check out the Antique, Thrift and Treat Trail that highlights some of Pulaski’s local unique stores for solving that “what do I get them” question. For the quilter in your life, a trip to one of the quilting stores would be a great place to find a creating gift. Worried about what dessert Aunt Bethany might bring? Pick up or order your treats from one of our sweet shops and let your family know that no one needs to fret about what’s for dessert!

Photo Courtesy of Triple Creek Antiques
Photo Courtesy of Sanctuary Coffee & Quilts

Hungry from all that shopping or need an idea for the foodie in your life? Take some time out, make a memory and treat them to a progressive meal experience. Eat your way through Pulaski County, stopping at various places and plan a full course meal experience! Dine at several different places and consume the different courses of a meal while enjoying time well spent together. Can’t seem to squeeze in your dining trip until later? No worries, most restaurants offer gift certificates. If you’re stressed that your meal might turn out like the turkey Clark is carving, make this year unique and switch it up a bit. Check out our dining list and plan a unique meal ahead of time, let local chefs place some magic on your table without all the fuss!

A great gift for the adventurer in your life is to gift a memory or experience. If you have a memory to preserve, have it specially framed and hide it under the tree until it’s time to open it. One up that gift and pair it with coordinating the next great adventure. Plan a future gift outdoors or on one of Pulaski’s rivers; the Big Piney or Gasconade where there’s great opportunities for fishing or floating. Go ahead and request a free travel inspiration guide to help you plan that special trip and be sure to check with our local outfitters to see if they offer gift certificates. Pro tip: Bringing an RV? Be sure to ask about RV park amenities, don’t be like cousin Eddy, know where the dump stations are located before arriving!

Photo Courtesy of BSC Outdoors Face book page

Pets are part of the family too, and if you’re still needing a gift for your fur baby, there are some great pet shopping options available. Wanting to keep them busy while you’re out and about? Use a pet daycare or boarding to keep your furry friend healthy and happy, because we all know that Christmas lights are not good toys for kitties!

Photo courtesy of Kimberly Dreadfulwater – Johnson

Needing some relief from all that holiday stress? Check with the local spas for gift giving or enjoy a treatment yourself. Needing a night out or looking for a place to celebrate the holidays? A local club might fill that need or a trip to the movies might just be the ticket. Looking for a fun, family experience but your knowledge of exterior illumination didn’t turn out as planned? Pile the family in the car and check out the holiday lights in Pulaski County, I’m sure Sparky would appreciate you searching for that “Griswold Family Christmas” experience.

Photo courtesy of Wild Rose Wellness Face book page
Photo courtesy of Light Up Pulaski County
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B & B Theaters
Face book page

Christmas for some, doesn’t always come in packages, boxes or bags, but is for celebrating another reason for the season, find the service and location that’s best for you. You can’t stop Christmas from coming, so take the time and make it special. If your home is far away and you need a place to stay, there’s always a great home away from home to select from. Rather at home or far away, be sure to sit back, relax and be in the moment, and once and you’re there, then you can reflect and can say, “I did it.”

Merry Christmas and the Happiest of Holidays from the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Come Spend Christmas in Richland – December 11th!

There is no better way to spend Christmas than in Richland, Missouri.  Community volunteers have planned a fun-filled day and evening for you, your family, and friends to join in on the Richland holiday spirit!

8:30 am –  3rd Annual Richland Holiday 5k Run – Start the day of walking, running or jogging! and The top three finishers in various age groups will earn prizes  Watch their Facebook Event for upcoming details on age groups and route. This event is sponsored by the Richland R-IV PTSO

10:00 am-Noon – Winter Wonderland – The kids will be excited to chat with Santa and the characters from Toy Story: Woody, Buzz, Lotso, Forky, and Rex. This free event, located at Central Ozarks Medical Center, also offers a special holiday performance by members of the Richland High School Band.

10:00 am – 2:00 pm – City Holiday Bazaar in the City Gym –  Stop in to browse the vendor booths for those special homemade gifts.

Noon – 1:30 pm – Annual Chicken Dinner at Richland Methodist Church – Warm up your belly at the annual community dinner. 

Noon – 4:30 pm – Shopping and fun in Downtown Richland.

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm – Christmas Parade –  Celebrate the season during the Richland Chamber of Commerce “A Christmas In Richland” parade.

Dusk to 10 pm – Olde Thyme Christmas at Shady Dell Park –  Enjoy the beautiful light display as you drive around the park.  Or take time to park, and walk along the trail.

Shop Richland Anytime!

Family Dollar – A fine array of items to choose from, don’t forget your wrapping paper and tape!

Final Stop Die-Cast Collectibles & More – Jam-packed and the perfect stop for that hard-to-find collectible!  Tractors, hot wheels, NASCAR.  In addition to die-cast models, you will find vintage collectibles. December 11th receive 10% off your purchase, during the Christmas in Richland event.

Images courtesy of Final Stop Die-Cast

Ginger’s Print Shop – Christmas cards, ornaments, decorations, and more.

Good Samaritan of Richland – A thrifter’s delight!

H E Warren & Sons – Clothing, craft materials. Richland’s oldest operating business.

Moore’s Greenhouse – Handmade wood decor perfect for gifts, or to treat yourself!

Images courtesy of Moore’s Greenhouse

The Drop Shop – Discount shop featuring everything from toys to household goods, at bargain prices.

Images courtesy of The Drop Shop

The Little Grey Room Boutique – Beautiful and unique clothing boutique.

Images courtesy of The Little Grey Room Boutique

While in Richland enjoy lunch or dinner at one of Richland’s restaurants

Bear Zone Arcade – A fun place for kids and adults!  Play games and enjoy burgers and pizza!

Market Basket Café, Catering and Flowers – Stop in for ice cream or beautiful floral gift, basket, or home decor.

Image courtesy of Market Basket Cafe, Catering & Flowers

Image courtesy of Sanctuary Coffee & Quilts

Sanctuary Coffee & Quilts – Warm up with a great cup of coffee and delicious baked goods. Stop by between 3 pm and 6 pm on Saturday, December 11th, and enjoy their fried Nutella-filled beignets on the porch ($3 a package), and delicious Cinnamon Dolce Latte and Peppermint Mochas. They will also have fabric sales and have gift cards available for purchase.

The Burger Stand – Cool shakes and warm sandwiches!  The tenderloin sandwich is HUGE!  And you can’t go wrong with their burger or chicken!

The Pub Off the Tracks Bar & Grill – Amazing burgers!  Watch for their delicious daily specials or the Pulled Pork Nachos!

Images courtesy of The Pub Off the Tracks Bar & Grill

The Wagon Wheel – Home cookin’ buffet or menu style.

Easy access from Interstate 44

Richland is a cozy community, nestled in the Ozarks Missouri region, along Hwy 7 and Hwy 133, just north of Interstate 44, from Exits 150 or 145. Located just 30 minutes from Lake of the Ozarks.

For more information about these events, visit the Richland Chamber of Commerce –  “A Christmas in Richland” event and Central Ozarks Medical Center’s “Winter Wonderland Open House”.

December Events 2021 Happy Holidays Edition

Upcoming Events Occurring in Pulaski County, MO

November 27th thru December 31st Devils Elbow Bridge and Community Christmas Light Display

The Route 66 Devils Elbow bridge lit up on full display, a one of a kind, “Don’t Miss” site to see! Historic Devils Elbow, MO 65457

Thursday, December 2nd  Christmas on the Square 6 pm – 9 pm

Holiday event featuring; pony rides, photos with Santa and the Grinch, a live Nativity scene and Christmas carolers. Various vendors as well as giveaways of food and beverages throughout Historic Downtown Waynesville, MO 65583

Saturday, December 4th American Legion  Pancake Breakfast 7:30 am – 10:30 am

All you can eat pancakes and auction! American Legion 484 St. Robert Outer Road, Saint Robert, MO 65584

Saturday, December 4th Laquey Christmas Bazaar & Parade POC David Hokanson 573-528-8840

Christmas Bazaar @ Laquey Elementary School 9 am – 2 pm & Parade begins at 10am, Laquey, MO 65058

Sunday, December 5th  Kiwanis Christmas Parade  2 pm – 3:30 pm

Parade begins at Waynesville Middle School traveling east on Route 66 through historic Downtown Waynesville, MO 65583

December 9th thru December 26th  Light Up Pulaski County  Evening hours, nightly

Load up the car, check out the lights and make memories! Various locations throughout Pulaski County, MO

December 10th, 11th & 12th Talent and Tinsel Together at TOTS

Community Talent Show at Theater on the Square 312 Historic 66 East, Waynesville, MO 65583 Friday and Saturday @ 7:30 pm and Sunday @ 2:30 pm

Saturday, December 11th  Christmas in Richland

Several Richland Events with different start times, at various locations throughout Richland, MO 65556 Holiday 5K Run  9 am – 11 am, Winter Wonderland Open House 10 am -12 pm, Christmas Holiday Bazaar 10 am – 2 pm, Chicken Dinner 12 pm -1:30 pm, Christmas Parade begins at 4:30 pm and Olde Thyme Christmas at Shady Dell Park following parade.

Saturday, December 18th Crocker Lighted Christmas Parade & Christmas at the Park

Parade begins at 5:30 pm from Pulaski County Health Department to Crocker Community Park, followed by Christmas at the Park 5pm – 7pm Crocker Community Park, Crocker, MO 65452

Saturday, December 18th  A Hometown Christmas 4 pm – 8 pm in Downtown Dixon

Hot chocolate, vendor booths, Mr. & Mrs. Clause and carriage rides! 300 Elm Street, Dixon, MO 65459


Saturdays 8 AM – 12 PM Pulaski County Farmers Market – Waynesville, MO


January 7th, 8th, & 9th  PFAA Theater on the Square Presents, The Lost World   Waynesville, MO 65583

March 26th – 27th, 2022 KCBS Kickin’ It Route 66 BBQ Challenge  Saint Robert, MO 65584

Upcoming Signature Events, and full PulaskiCountyUSA.com calendar.

During the pandemic changes occur rapidly. Contact event host to confirm event and to verify COVID procedures. In some situations masks and social distancing may be encouraged. If you do not feel well or have been exposed, choose to not attend.  Please follow CDC recommendations, and local Health Department recommendations and trends. 

To add your Pulaski County event to our Event Promotion Program, visit our online calendar

Restaurants Open Thanksgiving Day – 2021

For your convenience, the following restaurants are open for Thanksgiving. Call ahead for hours of operation.

B & B Patriot Grill – 1200 GW Lane Street

            Concession Stand and Grill open

Cracker Barrel – 128 Saint Robert Boulevard, 573-336-7273

            Open for Thanksgiving meals

Route 66 Diner – 126 Saint Robert Boulevard, 573-336-8989

            Open for Thanksgiving

Ruby Tuesday – 135 Saint Robert Boulevard, 573-336-5140

            Open for Thanksgiving meals

Waffle House – 321 Highway Z, 573-336-4331

            Open 24 hours

Ichiban Japanese Grill – 240 Marshall Drive, Suite 8;  573-336-5036

            Open for lunch and dinner

Lucky House Chinese Restaurant – 119 Saint Robert Boulevard, 573-336-2313

            Open 11.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.

The ARK – 25625 Highway 17, Waynesville; 573- 337-9128

            FREE Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday, November 25th served from 12.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m.

Thanksgiving Festival – Saint Robert Community Center 114 JH Williamson Jr. Drive, Saint Robert; 573-647-5821

            FREE Thanksgiving Meal Wednesday, November 24th served with all the trimmings from 1.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Veterans Recognition in Pulaski County, Missouri

Pulaski County Missouri, is one of those special places that no matter what time of year, is truly a Welcome Place in America’s Heartland. This is even more evident in November as we celebrate our military veterans. From banners on display in Downtown Waynesville to several other veteran memorials, Pulaski County, the first Missouri county to honor Purple Heart Veterans, and home of Fort Leonard Wood, has several sites and events that pay homage to the American Military Veteran.

There are several restaurants in the area that offer military discounts year-round, but some will add a special military discount or offer a special meal just on Veteran’s Day. The St. Robert American Legion Post 331 is having a special Veteran’s Day Breakfast on November 11th from 7 am – 9 am. Be sure to check with other local restaurants in the area to see which ones are having specials for veterans.

The Waynesville St. Robert Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Veteran’s Day Parade and Ceremony beginning at 11 am on November 11th at the Saint Robert Municipal Center, with the parade to step off from the municipal center promptly after the ceremony.

Trail of Heroes Flag Display

The Armed Services YMCA’s Trail of Heroes will be on display from November 10th  – 13th at the USO Chimney & Historical Monument, 803 VFW Memorial Drive, Saint Robert. The “Field of Heroes” is an opportunity for us all to honor those that we consider our HEROES. Your hero may be a service member currently serving our country, veteran, firefighter, police officer, EMT, or maybe it’s your grandfather. This unique flag display will be arranged in precision rows and the public is invited to walk through the Field and spend some time amongst the reverence being paid to our heroes. Photos are permitted.  

Shady Dell Park Walking Trail photo courtesy of Richland Parks Department Facebook page

Richland Parks Department will line the Shady Dell Park walking trail with special flags from dawn until dusk on November 11th.

Freedom Rock in Saint Robert, MO

If art is what you enjoy, be sure to visit the Saint Robert Military Tribute and Freedom Rock Display, featuring painted boulders representing military companies stationed at Fort Leonard Wood. This tribute features a specially painted 10’ x 12’ “Freedom Rock” unique to Missouri as part of the 50 state Freedom Rock display.

Veteran’s Day is just one day set aside for honoring our military veterans, but any day is a good day to appreciate and reflect upon the service and sacrifice of those who have served our country. Honor our veterans anytime and visit more Pulaski County memorials and tributes with this handy American Heroes Tour. Note: memorials and veteran sites on Fort Leonard Wood may require a post permit for installation access.

Pulaski County is thankful for the veterans of the past, the present, and the future that have and continue to serve and protect the United States of America.