Winter Wonderland at St. Louis County's Tilles Park

Holiday Lights, Carriage Rides Celebrate the Season

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Every year during the holidays, thousands of visitors make the drive to Tilles Park in west St. Louis County to enjoy its Winter Wonderland. The park is filled with more than a million twinkling lights and various holiday scenes throughout the Christmas season. Tilles Park's Winter Wonderland is a local legend and has been a favorite tradition for many years in the St. Louis area. It is one of the most popular Christmas light displays in the region.

When to Go

Winter Wonderland opens each year the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and closes at the end of the holiday season. In 2017, Winter Wonderland turns on the lights on Nov. 22, and the dazzling show lasts until Dec. 30. The display is open every evening for both cars and carriage rides, but Saturdays are for carriage rides only. Winter Wonderland is closed on Christmas Eve.

There are also special preview nights. On these evenings, visitors can walk through the display; these preview walks are sold out for the 2017 season as of October 2017.

Admission Fees

The cost to drive through the display is $10 for family cars, $20 for limousine, $40 for commercial vans and $90 for tour buses. You must pay cash; no credit or debit cards are accepted. You don't need a reservation to drive through the display. 

Carriage Rides

Most people drive through the sparkling splendor of Winter Wonderland, but if you want to make your visit extra special, book a horse-drawn carriage ride. You can take a carriage ride every night, but on Saturdays, only carriages are allowed, making for a quieter and more exciting experience without vehicles. You must make a reservation in advance to ride in a carriage; the cost varies depends on the size of the carriage and the number of people in your group. For a romantic ride in a carriage that just holds a couple, it costs $55.

A small, private carriage for up to six people is $80. A large, private carriage for up to nine people is $120. A large group carriage for up to 24 people costs $12 per person. Tickets are available online at MetroTix.

Getting There 

Winter Wonderland is centrally located in Tilles Park in west St. Louis County. The easiest way for most visitors to get to the park is to take Interstate 64/U.S. Highway 40 to the McKnight Road exit. Go south on McKnight Road; the park is at the intersection of McKnight and Litzsinger roads. All vehicles must enter Winter Wonderland from McKnight Road and exit via Litzsinger Road.