Holiday cheer flows throughout St. Charles County, Missouri, every December, but spirits might be the brightest in Wentzville, a suburb of St. Louis known for going all out to celebrate all month long. At the heart of the city's celebration is the annual Wentzville Holiday Night Lights, a drive-through display with more than a mile of holiday scenes in one of the city's treasures, Rotary Park. The mile-long light display is open Friday, November 27, 2020, through December 30, 2020, and features large illuminated scenes and tunnels of colorful twinkling lights.
In 2020, the city upped its holiday game with the Wentzville Wonderland Holiday Display contest to encourage residents to decorate their houses, so even the drive through the city to Rotary Park is a chance to get in the holiday spirit. And if you arrive early to do a little holiday shopping, be on the lookout for Buddy the Elf, who makes appearances at local business all month long as part of the city's holiday photo contest.
When to Go
Every day offers something different, so be sure to check with the city's Parks and Recreations Department for the official Holiday Lights calendar to decide which day is best to go. The city's annual Christmas tree lighting and parade on December 6, 2020, is a great time to attend the Holiday Night Lights, giving you a chance to see downtown lit up before you head to Rotary Park. Visits with Santa are scheduled every Saturday, carriage and sleigh rides are available throughout the season, and visitors on December 14, 2020, can enjoy the lights on foot at the once-per-season Holiday Night Lights Walk-Thru event, which includes other special features like live reindeer.
Admission is $10 per vehicle and tickets can be purchased online or in person. Holiday Night Lights is closed on Christmas Day.
If you want to get the jump on burning holiday calories, you can join in on the Holiday Nights 5K and enjoy the lights while you break a sweat. Runners have to register in advance for the annual race, and all participants receive a complimentary sweatshirt, medal, and post-race snacks. The race usually takes place the same day as the tree lighting.
What You'll See
As you drive through the park, you'll see hundreds of thousands of lights stretched for a mile through Rotary Park. There are holiday scenes, decorated trees, lighted tunnels, and other glittering displays for the whole family to enjoy. If you go later in the month, you may even catch the display while there's glittering snow on the ground, which just adds to the festive holiday cheer.
How to Get There
Holiday Night Lights is located in Rotary Park in Wentzville, which is 45 miles west of downtown St. Louis. To get to Wentzville from St. Louis, take Interstate 64/U.S.Highway 40 west to Interstate 70, and get off at exit 208 for Wentzville Parkway. Merge onto Wentzville Parkway for about 1 mile, and then turn left onto West Meyer Road. Rotary Park is at 2577 West Meyer Road.