For many people in St. Charles County, the holiday season means a visit to the Celebration of Lights in O'Fallon, Missouri. The drive-through Christmas light display at Fort Zumwalt Park is a top destination for residents and visitors alike.
When to Go
Celebration of Lights opens every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving and closes in late December. In 2017. Celebration of Lights is open from Nov.
24 through Dec. 30 except on Christmas Day. Celebration of Lights is open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with extended hours until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
How to See the Display
Celebration of Lights is a drive-through exhibit, but there are other more interesting ways to see it. Monday nights are for train rides; you can take a carriage ride on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights; and sleigh rides are offered Tuesday through Thursday nights. To take any of these special rides, you need to book in advance, and all charge for the ride. On Dec. 11 and 12, you can take a wintry stroll through the display for an up-close-and-personal look from 6 to 8:30 p.m.; no cars are allowed, and no special rides are scheduled for those two nights. There will also be holiday music, food and gift booths, and fireworks at 7:25 p.m. on these two walk-through nights. And Santa himself will make an appearance.
Celebration of Lights is located at Fort Zumwalt Park in O'Fallon, Missouri. To get there, take Interstate 70 from either east or west to the Highway K exit (No. 217) and go south to the South Outer Road (Veterans Memorial Parkway). Go west on the South Outer Road to the park entrance.
From I-64/U.S.Highway 40, take the Highway K exit and go north to the South Outer Road.
Go west on the South Outer Road to the park entrance.