For kids in the family, Santa's Magical Kingdom, next to Six Flags in Eureka, Missouri, is the definition of holiday excitement. If you drive along Interstate 44 past Eureka during the holiday season, you can't miss it. The popular holiday light display for kids in Jellystone Park has millions of Christmas lights and dozens of holiday scenes stretching over several miles.
When to Go
Santa's Magical Kingdom opens every year before Thanksgiving and closes in early January. For the 2017-2018 holiday season, Santa's Magical Kingdom is open every night from Nov. 17 to Jan. 7. The display is open from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, and Saturday. Santa's Magical Kingdom is open on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve.
Train and Wagon Rides
Santa's Magical Kingdom is a drive-through display, but if you want to see the lights in a different way, take a train or wagon ride through the display. You can buy tickets for the train or wagon for just one person or groups of nine or less and for groups of 10 or more. Children who are younger than 2 can ride for free if they sit on an adult's lap. Both train and wagon rides board at Kringle's General Store. You can ride the train on Monday through Thursday nights at 5:30 and 6 p.m. from Nov.
20 to Dec. 7 only. The wagon rides will run about every half hour every night Santa's Magical Kingdom is open; check the website for various times on different days.
Besides the Lights
There's a lot more to see at Santa's Magical Kingdom than just lights. Kringle's General Store is filled with all kinds of gifts, toys, and holiday decorations if you want to do a little shopping while you're there. Check out the Snack Shack for a quick bite to eat or a cup of hot cocoa. Visiting Santa at the Magical Kingdom makes for a more special experience for your kids than at the shopping mall, and they can get their pictures taken at Santa's Workshop.
Santa's Magical Kingdom is located in Jellystone Park, just off of Interstate 44 in Eureka, Missouri. Take Interstate 44 to exit No. 261 and follow the outer road to the entrance to the park.