Every year during the holidays, thousands of visitors make the drive to Tilles Park in west St. Louis County to enjoy its Winter Wonderland, one of the most popular Christmas light displays in the region. The park fills 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. Watch the St. Louis County website for updates as the holiday season approaches.
When to Go
Winter Wonderland opens each year the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and closes at the end of the holiday season. In 2019, Winter Wonderland turns on the lights on Nov. 27, and the dazzling show lasts until Dec. 30. The display is open every evening except Mondays for both cars and carriage rides. Saturdays are for carriage rides only and Mondays are for walkers only. Winter Wonderland is closed on Christmas Eve.
The cost to drive through the display is $10.00 for family cars, $20.00 for limousine, $40.00 for commercial vans and $90.00 for tour buses.
Payments are only accepted in cash and are collected as the vehicle exits; no credit or debit cards permitted. You don't need a reservation to drive through the display.
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.
Reservations must be made in advance to ride in a carriage; the cost varies depending on the size of the carriage and the number of people in your group. For a romantic ride in a carriage that holds a couple, the cost is $55.00. A small, private carriage for up to six people is $80.00. A large, private carriage for up to nine people is $120.00. A large group carriage for up to 24 people costs $12.00 per person. Carriage ride tickets can be purchased online at metrotix.com or by calling MetroTix at 314-534-1111
Winter Wonderland Walk
Guests also have the option to get up close and personal with the displays. The Winter Wonderland Walk allows for a stroll through the lights but is only on selected Monday dates. Visitors can order tickets online, but can also directly call the Parks and Recreation Department during regular business hours to check on tickets. 314-615-4386. Monday - Friday. 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $6.00 per person.
Additional rules are that dog must be on a leash, and regardless of age, anyone attending must have bought a ticket. Cameras, strollers, and wagons are allowed. Desserts, hot chocolate, and other beverages will be available, and the wee ones should expect a visit from Santa along the way.
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.
Food and Drink Nearby
After marveling at the lights, you may have worked up hunger or thirst. There are a variety of sumptuous eateries near Tiles Park. Warm your spirits (and bellies) with classic Italian fare at Frank Papa's or Katie's Pizza Pasta, where the rustic ambiance and cheesy pies are neighborhood favorites. For traditional American cuisine, Weber Grill Academy & Restaurant has tasty BBQ, burgers, and steaks. Raise a pint glass in a toast to the season at Global Brew or the TrainWreck Saloon, both serving up multiple types of beer on tap.
Should the urge to belt out a few carols arise, swing by Double D Karaoke for a full bar and hot microphone.