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.
When to Go
Winter Wonderland opens each year the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and closes at the end of the holiday season. This year, you can experience Winter Wonderland from November 22, 2019, until the closing date on January 2, 2020.
Certain nights are reserved for special ways to enjoy the park. In general, Mondays are meant for exploring the park on foot and Saturdays are reserved for the Winter Wonderland carriage ride. All other nights of the week you can experience the park in the carriage ride or in your own vehicle. The park is closed on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
The cost to drive through the display is $10 for family cars, $20 for limousines, $40 for commercial vans, and $90 for tour buses.
Payments are only accepted in cash or check 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 intimate experience without other 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. Carriage ride tickets can be purchased online at metrotix.com.
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 must pre-order walking tickets online at metrotix.com.
In addition, dogs 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 can 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, there are a variety of sumptuous eateries near Tilles Park to indulge in. Warm your spirits and stomachs with classic Italian fare at Frank Papa's or Katie's Pizza Pasta, where the rustic ambiance and cheesy pies are neighborhood favorites. 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 mic.