A Roundup of Marvelous Area Light Displays
Candlelight Stroll of Thornhill Estate, Faust Park
Start in Chesterfield by experiencing holiday season beauty at the home of Missouri’s second governor in historic Faust Park. Explore past holiday customs during self-guided strolls through festively adorned rooms with historically dressed docents in attendance.
Dec. 7: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Dec. 8: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
$10 per adult in advance, $12 at the gate. $5 per children ages 4-12 years (under 4 are free). Cash only at the gate; credit cards can be used in advance by calling 314.615.8328 or ordering online.
Winter Wonderland, Tilles Park
For more than 30 years, St. Louis County Parks Department employees have turned Tilles Park into a Winter Wonderland.
Winter Wonderland is open for vehicular traffic and carriage rides every day except Mondays and Saturdays from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturdays are reserved for carriage rides only. Mondays are reserved for Winter Wonderland Walk only.
Admission is $10 for family vehicles; $20 for limousines; $40 for commercial transport vans and $90 for tour buses.
Nov. 21 through Dec. 30 (Closed Christmas Eve)
Santa’s Magical Kingdom, Jellystone Park
Absorb 35 acres of holiday scenes and millions of Christmas lights at Santa’s Magical Kingdom within Jellystone Park in Eureka. New this year is a half-mile section of road filled with fresh scenes, custom lighting animation and a 250-foot Tunnel of Lights featuring Snowflakes in Motion—the only regional light display to offer three lights tunnels.
You can still see Santa’s flying reindeer, travel through Candy Cane Village, visit the Waterfall of Lights, take an old-fashioned wagon or train ride through the display and head over to Kringle’s General Store for a little holiday shopping and to visit with Santa.
Santa’s Magical Kingdom is open from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $23 per car; $35 for limousines, vans and buses; or $13 per person for wagon or train rides (children 2 or younger who can ride on laps are free).
The Kingdom is open every night from Nov. 16 through Jan. 6, 2019, including Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
Chanukah Festival of Lights, Missouri Botanical Garden
This traditional Jewish holiday celebration includes festive Israeli music and dance, a menorah-lighting ceremony and Chanukah merchandise provided by local vendors and the Garden Gate Shop. Admission is included with Garden admission of $12 adults (ages 13 years and older); children who are 12 years and younger are free.
Dec. 2: Noon to 4 p.m.
Anheuser-Busch St. Louis Brewery Lights
For the 29th year, see the Anheuser Busch-Brewery in St. Louis all decked out for the holidays. The brewery hosts free walking tours, along with free samples of AB products during the Brewery Lights events. There are also food stations and special VIP holiday packages.
The display is open every Thursday through Sunday from Nov. 15 through Dec. 30 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Drive-thru tours are welcome at the brewery Monday through Wednesday evenings after dusk until midnight. Visitors can enter from Arsenal Street turning onto Seventh Street and then travel along Pestalozzi Street.
Garden Glow, Missouri Botanical Garden
One million holiday lights decorate the Missouri Botanical Garden. Walk through the light displays, then take in the Victorian Christmas decorations at Tower Grove House. This event also has live holiday music, snacks and shopping. Garden Glow hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., with the last entries at 9 p.m.
General admission is $16 each for adults; $12 for members and $10 for children. The price for adults increases to $18 on weekends and nightly after Dec. 13. New this year is that Garden Glow tickets include admission to the Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show.
Nov. 17 through Jan. 1, 2019 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)
Wild Lights, St. Louis Zoo
Go a little wild this holiday season at the St. Louis Zoo. Walk through exhibits as they come alive with more than 500,000 lights. Kids can hear holiday stories, and adults can do a little shopping at the Holiday Zootique. Wild Lights is open select nights from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Zoo closes at 4 p.m. each day of Wild Lights.
Admission includes entrance to Wild Lights, the Conservation Carousel and the 4D Theater featuring The Polar Express 4D. Weekday tickets are $8 for Zoo members and $9 for non-members. Weekend tickets are $10 for Zoo members and $11 for non-members. Children under 2 years get in free. There is also free parking at the Zoo’s north and south lots.
Kwanzaa: Festival of the First Fruits, Missouri Botanical Garden
Kwanzaa is a Swahili term that means “first fruits,” and this contemporary African-American holiday centers around the feast table of the harvest. A Kwanzaa ceremony highlights a day of storytelling, craft and jewelry displays, and authentic African drumming and musical performances.
Admission is included with Garden admission of $12 adults (ages 13 years and older); children who are 12 years and younger are free.
Dec. 26: Noon to 3 p.m.
Holiday in the Park, Six Flags St. Louis
Celebrate the season at Six Flags with the third annual Holiday in the Park lights, entertainment, carolers performing classic yuletide favorites, personalized meet-and-greets with Santa and his helpers, everyone’s favorite Looney Tunes characters, rides and tasty treats during select days from Nov. 23 through Jan. 1, 2019. Six Flags membership includes entrance to the holiday festivities.
Celebration of Lights, Fort Zumwalt Park
Each holiday display scene is designed and funded by local organizations, churches and businesses. Started in 1991, this event attracts more than 10,000 vehicles each year and more than 10,000 individuals during the Old-Fashioned Holiday Stroll. Walk-thru nights are Dec. 10-11.
Guests also can see the lights from a horse-drawn surrey or wagonette, the city train or a sleigh hayride; reservations are required.
Celebration of Lights is open Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (except Dec. 11) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays are for train, wagon and sleigh rides only. Train evening time slots include 5:45, 6:15, 6:45, 7:15, 7:45 8:15 and 8:45 p.m. Sleigh ride time slots each night are 6, 7 and 8 p.m.
Admission is $10 for cars and $15 for large vans or limousines. Tuesday is discount night where all cars, vans and non-commercial vehicles are $7. Take a food pantry donation of canned or boxed goods and get a $1 discount per vehicle Wednesdays through Sundays.
Nov. 23 – Dec. 30 (Closed on Christmas Day)
Holiday Night Lights, Rotary Park
Holiday Night Lights is an annual drive-thru display through a mile-long wonderland of twinkling lights. It’s open from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday only, then daily (except Christmas Day) from Dec. 13 to Dec. 30. Admission is $8 for cars with up to six people and $1 per person for vehicles with seven or more people.
Nov. 23 – Dec. 30 (Closed Christmas Day)