During the holidays, you'll see stunning Christmas lights all over the St. Louis area. The big commercial displays, like Winter Wonderland and Celebration of Lights, are special traditions. But it's also nice to check out neighborhoods that shine with holiday cheer. Here are some of the best neighborhoods and houses for Christmas lights in the St. Louis area.
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 hanging high over the street. The block is located in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood between Ted Drewes and Francis Park. Several other streets in St. Louis Hills are also nicely decorated, so drive around a bit and see what you find.
Never Enough Lights is a display at 607 Calamar Court in Dardenne Prairie in St. Charles County. It's a laser light show and 80,000 lights set to music. Tune your car radio to 107.1 FM to hear the music. The annual show runs Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. in December. It's free, but donations are accepted for the Hope Ministries Food Pantry.
If you like trains, as well as lights, head to 8851 Windom Avenue in Overland for Dan's Emerald Forest throughout December. This impressive home display includes plenty of twinkling lights and running miniature trains, along with holiday decor. The trains run (in good weather) Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30 to 9 p.m., with extended hours until 10 p.m., on Friday and Saturday. The show runs daily during the weeks of Christmas and New Years.
You'll also find trains and lights at Geoff's Christmas Lights and Garden Railroad at 1337 McKinley Avenue in St. Louis County. It includes more than 120,000 lights set to music. Tune your car radio to 89.5 FM to hear the music. The show is on in December from Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight. Donations of canned goods and cash are accepted for Backstoppers.
In the Metro East, make the drive to 401 Chadwyck Drive in Glen Carbon, Illinois. The homeowner has decked out his house with more than 33,000 lights. There's also a 30-minute laser show set to music. Donations are accepted for Toys for Tots.
Anheuser-Busch Brewery, South St. Louis
The Anheuser-Busch Brewery in south St. Louis takes full advantage of its historic setting with a beautiful display of holiday lights. Take a walking tour or drive through the campus Thursday through Sunday from Nov. 16 through Dec. 30, 2017, between 5 and 10 p.m. You can't take a walking tour on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, or Christmas Day, but the lights will be on every night. The brewery, a St. Louis landmark, is just south of downtown.