For many of us, going to see local holiday light displays is a favorite yearly tradition. It's a great way to jump-start your holiday spirit and spend time with the family. So bundle up, jump in the car and spend an evening taking in some of these great holiday lights.
There are also local homes all decked out for the holidays around St. Louis and are certainly worth taking another evening drive to see.
See the Anheuser Busch-Brewery in St. Louis all decked out for the holidays. The brewery is hosting free walking tours, along with free samples of AB products during Brewery Lights. There are also food stations, a s'mores station, and a special VIP holiday package. The brewery will kick off the holidays with a public lighting ceremony on Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m.
Visit the Kid Zone where kids of all ages can take a ride on the Brewery Express train, enjoy a holiday classic on the big screen, play Ice Breaker or enjoy the Lite Brite, and afterward the whole family can warm up at the Soup Bar.
The display is open daily from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Walking tours are not available on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas or New Year's Eve.
Brewery Lights is open every Thursday through Sunday through December 30, 2018
Location: Anheuser Busch-Brewery, South St. Louis
The Way of Lights in Belleville is one of the area's most popular Christmas displays. More than a million lights are used to tell the story of Jesus' birth. You can drive through the display or take a carriage ride. There's also a puppet show, camel rides, an indoor Christmas tree display and an interactive play area for the kids.
The Way of Lights is open 5 - 9 p.m. nightly. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day. (Outdoor light display will remain open.)
Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
November 16 - January 1, 2019
Location: Our Lady of the Snows Shrine, Belleville
It takes quite a while to see the 35 acres of Christmas lights at Santa's Magical Kingdom in south St. Louis County. Millions of lights and dozens of holiday scenes fill Jellystone Park in Eureka. You can see Santa's flying reindeer, travel through the Candy Cane Village or visit the Waterfall of Lights. For even more fun, take an old-fashioned wagon ride through the display. After seeing the lights, head over to Kringle's General Store for a little holiday shopping.
Santa's Magical Kingdom is open every night Nov. 16, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019 including Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year's Eve.
Hours are 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday.
Admission is $23 per car and $13 for wagon or train rides
Location: Jellystone Park, Eureka (Next to Six Flags)
For more than 30 years, employees with the St. Louis County Parks Department have turned Tilles Park into a Winter Wonderland. You can drive through the display, but the best way to see the lights is by horse-drawn carriage. Winter Wonderland is open daily from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., except for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Saturdays are reserved for carriage rides. Mondays are reserved for Winter Wonderland Walk only. The other days you can drive through with your car. Admission is $10 per car.
Open Wednesday, Nov 21, 2018 - Sunday, December 30, 2018 (Closed Christmas Eve)
Location: Tilles Park, St. Louis County
Another option for holiday lights in the Metro East is the Winter Wonderland of Lights in Lebanon, Illinois. Colorful lights and hand-painted scenes are used to create a Victorian style holiday show for the whole family. The drive-through display is set up at Horner Park in Lebanon. That's about 30 minutes from downtown St. Louis. Winter Wonderland is open Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
The opening night is Friday, November 16, 2018, and the last night will be December 31, 2018.
Location: Horner Park, Lebanon, IL
The Ameren Missouri Festival of Lights officially ushers in the Holiday Season with a host of entertainment, the lighting of the Salvation Army Tree of Lights, a festive fireworks finale and the Winterfest skating rink in partnership with the Gateway Arch Park Foundation.
Date: November 17, 2018 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Kleiner Plaza, Downtown St. Louis
Hundreds of thousands of lights will decorate the Missouri Botanical Garden for the holidays. Walk through the light display, then take in the Victorian Christmas decorations at Tower Grove House. Garden Glow also has live holiday music, snacks, and shopping. Garden Glow is open most evenings during the Christmas season from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission pricing is dependent on the date and is less for garden members.
Dates: November 17, 2018 - January 1, 2019
Location: Missouri Botanical Garden, South St. Louis
Go a little wild this holiday season with Wild Lights at the St. Louis Zoo. If you've never been to the zoo on a winter evening, this is a real treat. Walk through the exhibits as they come alive with more than 500,000 lights. Kids can hear holiday stories and adults can do a little shopping at the Holiday Zootique.
Wild Lights is open from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (the actual zoo areas close at 4 p.m.).
Weekday tickets are $7 for Zoo members and $8 for non-members. Weekend tickets are $9 for Zoo members and $10 for non-members. Children under two get in free. There is also free parking at the Zoo's north and south lots.
Dates: Select nights November 23, 2018 - December 30, 2018
Location: St Louis Zoo, Forest Park
Each year, Alton's Rock Spring Park twinkles with three million lights during the holiday season. You'll see cascading waterfalls, lighted trees and dozens of magical displays. Kids can also visit Santa in the Enchanted Forest or get up close with goats, llamas and other animals at the petting zoo.
Christmas Wonderland is open Nov. 23, 2018, through Dec. 26, 2018. Monday-Friday the lights will be on from 6 - 9 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday the lights will be on from 5 - 9 p.m. Admission is $7 for cars and small vans, or $1 a person for vehicles with more than 10 people.
Location: Rock Spring Park, Alton
You find all kinds of Christmas scenes at the Celebration of Lights in O'Fallon, Missouri. Each year since 1991, visitors have enjoyed taking in the holiday lights at Fort Zumwalt Park. This is primarily a drive-through display, but you can also take a carriage, train, Segway or sleigh ride through the park. There is also a walk-through night. The Celebration of Lights is open Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Monday is for train and Segway rides only. Admission is $10 for cars and $15 for large vans. Tuesday is a discount night where all cars, vans and non-commercial vehicles are $7.
Location: Fort Zumwalt Park, O'Fallon, MO
Holiday Night Lights is a drive-through display set up each year at Rotary Park in Wentzville, Missouri. The display takes you through a mile-long wonderland of twinkling lights. Holiday Night Lights is open from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
On Saturday evenings at the Kolb Building, you can enjoy a visit with Santa and see beautifully decorated trees on display from various businesses and organizations.
Admission is $8 for cars with up to six people and $1 per person for vehicles with seven or more people.
Dates: November 23 - December 30, 2018
Location: Rotary Park, Wentzville, MO