Garden Glow Holiday Lights at Missouri Botanical Garden

Garden Glow at Missouri Botanical Garden
Photo by Tom Incrocci, courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden

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.

When and Where

The Garden Glow display opens in mid-November and closes in early January. This year, it's open from November 18, 2017 to January 1, 2018.  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.

Admission Fees

General admission is $18 for adults, $14 for Garden members, $10 for children ages three to 12, and $6 for children of Garden members.

What You'll See

The Garden will come to life with hundreds of thousands of 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, shopping and outdoor fire pits 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 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. Admission is $5 a person. 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.