Anheuser Busch | Opens Thursday, Nov. 16
The famed Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights display features more than a half million lights adorning the Germanic-style red brick buildings found on the campus. See the dazzling lights up close on a self-guided walking tour and enjoy a variety of activities, including a little sampling for the adults. The season of activities begins Thursday, Nov. 16 and continues every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5-10 p.m. through Dec. 30. The walking tour will not be available on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Get the details.
Santa's Magical Kingdom
Jellystone Park Resort, Eureka | Opens Friday, Nov. 17
This display is "a wacky, whimsical, wondrous world," according to Alfie, the chief of elf operations at Santa's Magical Kingdom. You'll see Candyland, the Gateway Arch, the nativity and even flying pigs in this eclectic display. Train and wagon rides are also available. See the lights every night Nov. 17 through Jan. 7, 2018. The display is open from 5:30 -11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 5:30-10:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays. Admission is $22 per family vehicle. Santa's Magical Kingdom is located at 5300 Fox Creek Road, Eureka, MO. Get the details.
Way of Lights
National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville | Opens Friday, Nov. 17
The Christmas story is told using more than a million lights and electro-art displays at the Way of Lights. From Nov. 17 through Dec. 31, see the lighted nativity from 5-9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; and 5-10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Several activities are available to families including carriage rides, a children's village play area, laser shows, choir performances, tree and wreath displays, animal rides, a petting zoo and a Lego display. The restaurant, activities and gift shop are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The light display is free, although donations are recommended. Way of Lights is located at 442 S. DeMazenod Drive, Belleville, IL. Get the details.
Lebanon Winter Wonderland
Horner Park, Lebanon, IL | Opens Friday, Nov. 17
This winter wonderland is a throwback to simpler days as local community members chip in to create displays including a salute to the military, a Victorian village, polar bears, deer and of course, Santa's workshop. The display is open 5-9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 5-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 17 through Dec. 31. Horner Park is at 11113 Widicus Road, Lebanon, IL. Admission is free but donations are recommended. Get the details.
Magic of LightsTM
Gateway Motorsports Park, Madison, IL | Opens Friday, Nov. 17
A 1.5 mile-long drive-through display will debut this year at Gateway Motorsports Park. The lights will shine from dusk until 10 p.m. nightly from Nov. 17 through Jan. 1, 2018. Tickets range in price from $15 to $25 per carload depending on when they are purchased. Get the details.
Missouri Botanical Garden | Opens Saturday, Nov. 18
Over one million lights will adorn the Climatron, Kaeser Memorial Maze, Central Axis, Tower Grove House and other iconic locations with unique color combinations. Walkways will be transformed into sensory light tunnels as visitors experience the exhibit's visual magic. Garden Glow is open 5-10 p.m. Ticket prices vary by date. Garden Glow runs through Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. The exhibit is closed Dec. 24-25. Tickets are limited and can be purchased in advance. Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO. Get the details.
Ameren Missouri Festival of Lights
Kiener Plaza, Downtown St. Louis | Opens Saturday, Nov. 18
Ameren Missouri's Festival of Lights kicks off the holiday season at Kiener Plaza on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. with festive fun. The evening will culminate in a fireworks display and the lighting of the holiday display. Get the details.
Tilles Park, Ladue | Opens Wednesday, Nov. 22
St. Louis County Parks and Recreation transforms Tilles Park into a drive-through holiday light extravaganza that includes a tunnel of lights, scenes from popular Chirstmas tales and shimmery winterscapes. Winter Wonderland is open to vehicles 5:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays through Sundays, Nov. 22 through Dec. 30. On Saturdays the park is reserved for carriage rides. The display is closed Christmas Eve. Admission is $10 per family vehicle. For carriage ride prices and reservations, visit the event website. Tilles Park is at 9551 Litzinger Road, St. Louis, MO. Get the details.
Holiday Night Lights
Rotary Park, Wentzville | Opens Friday, Nov. 24
Enjoy a mile-long light display in Rotary Park (2577 W. Meyer Road, Wentzville, MO) that includes tunnels and holiday scenes. Drive through the park from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Nov. 24 through Dec. 10. Beginning Dec. 14, the display will be open daily through Dec. 30. The display is closed on Christmas Day. Admission is $8 per vehicle up to six people. Vans, buses, limos pay $8 plus $1 for each additional person. Visitors may walk through the light display on Monday, Dec. 4, and enjoy a special treat with Santa Claus. Walk-through prices are $3 per person in advance, or $5 per person at the door. Get the details.
O'Fallon's Celebration of Lights
Fort Zumwalt Park, O'Fallon, MO | Opens Friday, Nov. 24
Drive through lights and holiday scenes designed by local organizations, churches and businesses during the O'Fallon Celebration of Lights. The display is open Nov. 24 through Dec. 30 (closed on Christmas). Visit Sundays and Tuesdays through Thursdays 6-9 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays 6-10 p.m. Admission is $10 per family vehicle. On Tuesdays admission is $7 for all non-commercial vehicles. Discounts are available Wednesdays through Sundays and with a food pantry item donation. Carriage, sleigh and train rides are available on select nights. Fort Zumwalk Park is located at the intersection of Veterans Memorial Parkway and Jessup Drive, O'Fallon, MO. Get the details.
Rock Spring Park, Alton | Opens Friday, Nov. 24
The all-volunteer "Grandpa Gang" is back at it this year, stringing millions of lights throughout Rock Spring Park (2116 College Ave., Alton, IL). Guests can visit with Santa in the Enchanted Forest. Christmas Wonderland is nightly from Nov. 24 through late December. Hours are 6-9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 5-9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $7 per family vehicle or $1 per person for vehicles holding more than 10 people. Get the details.
Saint Louis Zoo, Forest Park | Opens Friday, Nov. 24
The Saint Louis Zoo invites families to ditch their cars in the parking lot and take a walk on the wild side during the U.S. Bank Wild Lights. Visitors are treated to light displays of penguins, butterflies, prairie dogs and more. Other activities include storytelling, performances and crafts. Weekend tickets are $9 for member and $10 for the general public. Weekday tickets are $7 for zoo members and $8 for non-members. Kids under 2 are free. Parking is free in both the north and south lots. See Wild Lights 5:30-8:30 p.m. various weekday and weekend nights through Dec. 30. Get the details.
Editorial Assistant Tyne Benesek contributed to this article.
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