7 St. Louis Holiday Light Displays You Shouldn't Miss this Season

By Katie Davis
In Culture

‘Tis the season for hot chocolate, scarves and, of course, driving around town to see the best and brightest holiday lights! Here are seven of our favorite displays, events and drive-through scenes in the area.

Garden Glow

Garden Glow. Photo courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden.

Garden Glow
Nov. 23-Jan. 4; Missouri Botanical Garden
Stroll through the spectacular light displays taking over the always beautiful MOBOT grounds. With light tunnels, candlelight villages, fireside setups and more, this is a great spot for dates, family outings or even just hanging out with a big group of friends. Purchase tickets online.

AB Brewery St. Louis Holiday Lights

Anheuser-Busch Brewery St. Louis Holiday Lights. Photo courtesy of Anheuser-Busch.

Anheuser-Busch St. Louis Holiday Lights
Nov. 22-Dec. 28; Anheuser-Busch Brewery
Once again, AB has decorated its historic Benton Park brewery with beautiful lights and opened it up to the public. But for the first time, Anheuser-Busch is also offering tram tours, complimentary beer sampling (similar to regular tours of the brewery), special vendors and s’mores-making at mini campfires.

U.S. Bank Wild Lights. Photo courtesy of the Saint Louis Zoo.

U.S. Bank Wild Lights. Photo courtesy of the Saint Louis Zoo.

U.S. Bank Wild Lights
Weekend dates between Nov. 29-Dec. 30; Saint Louis Zoo
Don’t miss this annual Saint Louis Zoo event complete with numerous animal-shaped light displays, concessions, fireside stories, live animal exhibits and performances. You can register and purchase tickets online.

St. Charles Christmas Traditions
Nov. 29-Dec. 24; Historic St. Charles
The streets of old St. Charles are alive with bold lights and holiday decorations, Christmas carolers, people in traditional and historic costumes, shops and restaurants with seasonal specials and more.

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park. Photo courtesy of St. Louis County Parks.

Winter Wonderland
Nov. 27-Jan. 1; Tilles Park
Either drive through or opt to take a carriage ride through the highly anticipated 28th annual Winter Wonderland event, filled with numerous themed light scenes and mood-fitting holiday music.

Santa’s Magical Kingdom
Nov. 15-Jan. 5; Jellystone Park
Eureka’s Jellystone Park puts on its annual Santa’s Magical Kingdom event with its huge amount of well-designed lights and creative St. Nick-themed scenes laced throughout trees, trails and the hills that make up this park. Guests can stop by a gift and refreshment shop at the end of the drive.

 Laser show at the Way of Lights. Photo courtesy of Way of Lights.

Laser show at the Way of Lights. Photo courtesy of Way of Lights.

Way of Lights
Nov. 22-Jan. 3; Our Lady of the Snows
Head to Belleville for a more spiritual light display, Way of Lights, which features over one million lights in electro-art displays that all tell the story of the Journey to Bethlehem. The event is followed by the annual 5k competitive Way of Lights run as well as a fun walk on Jan. 4.

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