One of the best things about the holiday season in St. Louis is the numerous places to enjoy great Christmas light displays. Making one of the following events a holiday tradition can help bond your family with life-long memories.
Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Garden Glow features more than a half million lights. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Outdoor concessions include wine, beer, soda, hot chocolate and coffee, Egg nog with bourbon, Kid cocktails with candy canes, pretzel sticks, cupcakes, cookies and S’mores. There will be live music, food, shopping and outdoor fire pits. The Garden Glow display is open Wednesday through Sunday evenings from November 22 to December 18, and nightly from December 19 to January 3, 2015. Hours are from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Garden Glow is open on Thanksgiving, but closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Admission from November 22 to December 18 is $16 for adults, $12 for Garden members, $10 for children ages three to 12, and $6 for children of Garden members. After December 18, admission prices increase to $18 for adults and $14 for Garden members. The prices for children remain the same.
Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park
The park is filled with more than a million lights and various holiday scenes throughout the Christmas season. A St. Louis tradition for more than two decades, Winter Wonderland opens on Wednesday, November 26 and closes on Thursday, January 1, 2015. The display is open daily from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., but Saturdays are for carriage rides only. Winter Wonderland is closed on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. The carriage rides are available every day, but Saturdays are reserved for carriage rides only and advanced reservations are required. The cost varies depending on the size of the carriage and the number of people in your group. Admission to drive through the park is $10 per vehicle.
St. Louis Zoo Wild Lights
Wild lights at the St. Louis Zoo is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from November 28 to December 14 and nightly from December 19 to 30 (closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). The display is also open January 2-3, 2015. The hours for Wild Lights are 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $6 for Zoo members. Children younger than two get in free. There are kid-friendly activities like puppet shows, crafts and storytelling by the fire. The Conservation Carousel is also open and offering rides for $3. The Lakeside Cafe is open during Wild Lights serving hot chocolate, snacks and light meals. Some of the light displays include: arctic wonderland, Swan Lake, fantasy butterfly garden, snowfall flurry walk and gingerbread village.