St. Louis’ Best Christmas Light Displays

Monday November 9, 2015

This Christmas, make a holiday memory your family will never forget with a drive or walk through the holiday lights in St. Louis.

Festival of Lights
The holiday season begins in Downtown St. Louis with the Ameren Missouri Festival of Lights. Crowds gather at Union Station to watch the lighting of the Christmas tree and downtown light display. The evening ends with fireworks and a special visit from Santa Claus. The festival of lights is on Saturday, Nov 21 from 4:30 – 7pm and is free and open to the public.

Holiday Lights – Anhesuer Busch
Anheuser-Busch has improved and expanded its holiday light display near Soulard. AB celebrates Christmas each year by decorating the brewery complex with thousands of lights. You can also enjoy live music, fire pits, and free samples of AB products.  The season of activities begins on Thursday, Nov. 19 and continues every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m. through Jan. 3, 2016. Admission and parking are free. Enter at the Tour Center at 1200 Lynch Street.

Garden Glow – Missouri Botanical Garden
Hundreds of thousands of lights will decorate the Missouri Botanical Garden for the holidays. Walk through the light display, then take in the Victorian Christmas decorations at Tower Grove House. Garden Glow also has live holiday music, snacks and shopping. Garden Glow is open most evenings during the Christmas season from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. General admission is $16 for adults and $10 for children. The price for adults increases to $18 after December 18.

Santa’s Magical Kingdom – Jellystone Park Resort
It takes quite a while to see the 35 acres of Christmas lights at Santa’s Magical Kingdom in south St. Louis County. Millions of lights and dozens of holiday scenes fill Jellystone Park in Eureka. You can see Santa’s flying reindeer, travel through the Candy Cane Village or visit the Waterfall of Lights. For even more fun, take an old fashioned wagon ride through the display. After seeing the lights, head over to Kringle’s General Store for a little holiday shopping. See the lights every night Nov. 13 through Jan. 3. The display is open from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Admission is $20 per family vehicle.

Way of Lights – National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows
The Way of Lights at Our Lady of the Snows Shrine in Belleville is one of the area’s most popular Christmas displays (see pictures of the display). More than a million lights are used to tell the story of Jesus’ birth. You can drive through the display or take a carriage ride. There’s also a laser light show, camel rides, an indoor Christmas tree display and an interactive play area for the kids.  See the light display from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Nov. 20 through Jan. 1.  Admission to view the lights is free, but there is a small charge for the laser light show, camel rides and other attractions. Donations are also accepted.

Wild Lights – Saint Louis Zoo
Go a little wild this holiday season with Wild Lights at the St. Louis Zoo. If you’ve never been to the zoo on a winter evening, this is a real treat. Walk through the exhibits as they come alive with more than 500,000 lights (see pictures of the display). Kids can hear holiday stories and adults can do a little shopping at the Holiday Zootique.  See Wild Lights 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. various weekday and weekend nights through Jan. 3.  Weekend tickets are $9 for member and $10 for the general public. Weekday tickets are $7 for zoo members and $8 for non-members. Kids under 2 are free.

Winter Wonderland – Tilles Park
For 30 years, employees with the St. Louis County Parks Department have turned Tilles Park into a Winter Wonderland. You can drive through the display, but the best way to see the lights is by horse-drawn carriage.Winter Wonderland is open to vehicles 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday, Nov. 25 through Jan. 2. On Saturdays the park is reserved for carriage rides. The display is closed Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Admission is $10 per family vehicle. For carriage ride prices and reservations, visit the event website.

Candy Cane Lane (6500 block of Murdoch Avenue)
The 6500 block of Murdoch in South St. Louis is known as “Candy Cane Lane.” Nearly every house is lit up with colorful decorations. There are also lights wrapped around the trees and high across the street. The block is located in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood between Ted Drewes and Francis Park.

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