There are many places to see Christmas lights in St. Louis during the holiday season, and now you can add the Missouri Botanical Garden to that list. Garden Glow is the area's newest holiday light display featuring colorful lights decorating the garden's most popular attractions.
How to Visit
The Garden Glow display opens in mid-November and closes in early January. This year, it's open from November 17, 2018 through January 1, 2019. Hours are from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Last entry is at 9 p.m. Garden Glow is open on Thanksgiving, but closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. General admission is $18 for adults, $14 for Garden members, $10 for children ages three to 12, and $6 for children of Garden members. There are also some bargain nights (Sunday through Thursday, November 18 to December 14, 2018) which offer $2 off admission for adults.
Family Nights are also a steal for those with kids, where children get in for $3 and adults get $2 off admission.
What You'll See
The Garden will come to life with one million twinkling holiday lights covering the Climatron, Kaeser Memorial Maze and other popular exhibits. Walk through the display, then head over to Tower Grove House for a look at a Victorian Candlelight Christmas. There will be live music, food, festive drinks (like hot chocolate), shopping, and outdoor fire pits (with s'mores) to help keep the cold away.
More Christmas at the Garden
Garden Glow isn't the only way to enjoy Christmas at the Missouri Botanical Garden. There's also the Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show. Miniature trains make their way through beautiful holiday scenes. Gardenland Express is open daily during the holiday season from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This show is included in the price of admission for Garden Glow. The train show is also open in the evenings during Garden Glow.
Visitors can also see Garden founder Henry Shaw's house decked out for the holidays during the Garden's daytime hours. Tower Grove House is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is also storytelling for children at the house on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m. Tours of Tower Grove House are included with the price of Garden admission.
For those who want to take home a bit of Garden beauty with them, there's the Holiday Wreath Auction. Local floral designers create dozens of holiday wreaths for display at the Ridgway Center. Visitors can bid on the wreaths through a silent auction during the holiday season. Money raised goes to the Garden and its outreach programs. For more information on any of these holiday events, see the Missouri Botanical Garden website.
Other Holiday Events
The Missouri Botanical Garden is worth visiting during the holiday season, and so are many other St. Louis area attractions. The St. Louis Zoo, Magic House, Fox Theatre and many others host special events during the holidays. For more information check out this Guide to the Holidays in St. Louis.