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8 Best Places To See Holiday Lights In St. Louis

Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical GardenThere’s no time like Christmas in St. Louis. With lights a-twinkling, Santa visiting and enough activities to keep families busy virtually every day of the month, St. Louis’s December calendar is indeed full.

Here are some of the best places in St. Louis to see holiday lights.  Enjoy!

Wild Lights at the St. Louis Zoo.  It’s Christmas in the jungle. Colorful lights, animated displays and seasonal sounds greet visitors to the Saint Louis Zoo nightly December 19-23 and 26-30 and January 2-3, 2015. Tickets include activities for kids. 

Winter Wonderland in Tilles County Park. Through January 1, 2015. This amazing light display is an annual favorite with young and old alike. It will dazzle you with a million twinkling holiday lights and characters and festive scenes.

Anheuser-Busch BreweryLight Display. Thursday-Sunday through January 4, 2015.  More than a half-million sparkling lights outline the red-brick buildings of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Even the iconic clock tower is a-twinkle. If you’re 21 or older, this year you can sample your favorite beers too.

Garden Glow  Through January 3, 2015. This year’s expanded display of glimmering lights includes a half million holiday lights set in the familiar scenes of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

3rd Annual Window Walk in the Central West End. Through December 22. This event showcases Central West End retail and restaurants’ holiday-themed window displays.Visitors who come to the Central West End during Window Walk will see the area transformed into a winter wonderland and experience an eclectic atmosphere that celebrates the holiday season.

Santa’s Magical Kingdom.Through January 4.  This drive-through park in Jellystone Park Resort in nearby Eureka, features flying reindeer, a tree land village of elves, splashing dolphins, a shimmering 300-foot waterfall that flows from the sky and other magical scenes. Kids will want to visit with Santa in his workshop, ride the Santa Express train or take an old fashioned holiday wagon through the kingdom.

Way of Lights at Our Lady of the Snows Shrine. Through January 2, 2015. Located in nearby Belleville, Ill. visitors embark on a mile-and-a-half drive to Bethlehem. The scriptural journey features more than a million lights in displays with life-size biblical statues scriptural journey to Bethlehem via unusual electro-art displays.

Citygarden in downtown St. Louis. With its whimsical works of art, Citygarden has capture the imagination of those who have visited it. Now, for the holidays, it takes on a whole new look when the sun goes down.

 

Eight Holiday Light Displays For A Great St. Louis Christmas

Missouri Botanical Garden Climatron

Photo by Dilip Vishwanat

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Nothing says Christmas in St. Louis like the twinkling light displays at various attractions around town.

Here’s a list of eight outstanding holiday light displays around town. Some are free; some require a modest entry fee. As always, we’ve done our best to give you the latest hours of operation but it’s always smart to call ahead or consult the organization’s website to confirm hours and other details before heading out.

Go forth and have fun this holiday season!

  • Wild Lights at the St. Louis Zoo.  Through January 3, 2015. Colorful lights, animated displays and seasonal sounds greet visitors to the Saint Louis Zoo Friday-Sunday through December 14 December and nightly December 19-23 and 26-30 and January 2-3.
  • Winter Wonderland in Tilles Park. Through January 1, 2014. This amazing light display is an annual favorite with young and old alike. This drive-through light display will dazzle you with a million twinkling holiday lights and characters and festive scenes .
  • Anheuser-Busch Brewery Light Display. Thursday-Sunday through January 4, 2015.  More than a half-million sparkling lights outline the red-brick buildings of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Even the iconic clock tower is a-twinkle. If you’re 21 or older, this year you can sample your favorite beers too.
  • Garden Glow  Through January 3, 2015. This year’ expanded display of glimmering lights includes a half million holiday lights set in the familiar scenes of the Missouri Botanical Garden.
  • 3rd Annual Window Walk in the Central West End. Through December 22. This event showcases Central West End retail and restaurants’ holiday-themed window displays.Visitors who come to the Central West End during Window Walk will see the area transformed into a winter wonderland and experience an eclectic atmosphere that celebrates the holiday season.
  • Santa’s Magical Kingdom.Through January 4.  This drive-through park in Jellystone Park Resort in nearby Eureka, features flying reindeer, a tree land village of elves, splashing dolphins, a shimmering 300-foot waterfall that flows from the sky and other magical scenes. Kids will want to visit with Santa in his workshop, ride the Santa Express train or take an old fashioned holiday wagon through the kingdom.
  • Way of Lightsat Our Lady of the Snows Shrine. Through January 2, 2015. Located in nearby Belleville, Ill. visitors embark on a mile-and-a-half drive to Bethlehem. The scriptural journey features more than a million lights in displays with life-size biblical statues scriptural journey to Bethlehem via unusual electro-art displays.
  • CitygardenWith its whimsical works of art, Citygarden has capture the imagination of those who have visited it. Now, for the holidays, it takes on a whole new look when the sun goes down. 

Free Admission To Botanical Garden For Residents Wednesday And Saturday Mornings

Missouri Botanical Garden

If you’re a resident of St. Louis City or St. Louis County, you can get into the Missouri Botanical Garden for free if you get there early enough on Wednesday or Saturday.

Residents of St. Louis and St. Louis County get free admission to the Garden on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

You have to get there before noon. The deal is off if there is an event with a special admission fee. Garden hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is the nation’s oldest botanical garden in continuous operation. It is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display.

 The Garden encompasses 79 acres of horticultural displays offering something for everyone including Chinese GardenEnglish Woodland Garden,Ottoman Garden and Victorian District.

The  Climatron conservatory houses a vibrant tropical rainforest, while the adjoining Temperate House is home to a multitude of Mediterranean species. The Japanese Garden covers 14 acres, making it one of the largest Japanese strolling gardens in North America.

The Garden is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed on Christmas day). Numerous tour options are available for adults, students, families and children.  

Narrated tram tours are available from April through October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays departing every hour on the hour and 9:30 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. weekends departing every 40 minutes. Tickets are $4 for adults and children over the age of two. Children two and under are free when seated on a lap.

The Missouri Botanical Garden features flower shows, live music and special events throughout the year.  Check out the Garden’s online event calendar to see what’s coming up.

 

Macy’s To Celebrate National Believe Day

Macy's National Beliyeve DaMacy’s will celebrate “National Believe Day” on Friday, December 12, 2014 at its West County Mall store. Kids can write or email their letters to Santa and help make wishes come true.

When you drop a stamped letter to Santa in Macy’s special letterbox (or email it to macyss.com/believe, Macy’s will double the $1 donation to Make-A-Wish up to $1 million.

Also at noon on Friday, Signal Hill Elementary School, St. Roch’s Eighth Grade Select Chimers and the Central VPA High School Choir will perform in the Kid’s Department on the third floor.

Free Museums: First Friday In Grand Center 12/5/14

First Friday in Grand Center in St. LouisIt’s First Friday and in St. Louis that means First Friday in Grand Center!  

On every first Friday of the month, museums and galleries in Grand Center are free and open until 9 p.m. It’s a fund way to iscover the wide array of visual arts in St. Louis’s premier neighborhood for culture and entertainment.

December exhibitions at Grand Center Museums and Galleries:

Central West End Holiday Window Walk Through December 22

Free Holiday Window Walk At Central West End On Saturday

Through December 22, 2014 the 3rd Annual Window Walk in the Central West End event will showcase Central West End retail and restaurants’ holiday-themed window displays.

Visitors who come to the Central West End during Window Walk will see the area transformed into a winter wonderland and experience an eclectic atmosphere that celebrates the holiday season.

 

 

Red Box Boutique At The Foundry Art Centre This Weekend

Red Box Boutique at Foundry Art Centre in St. CharlesWrap up your holiday shopping this weekend at the Red Box Boutique at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles.

Hours are 4-9 p.m., Friday, December 5, 2014 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, December 6, 2014.

More than 30 local artists will be selling unique hand-crafted items.

There’s NO sales tax and free gift wrapping is available.

The Foundry Art Centre is at 520 North Main Center in St. Charles.

FREE: Cherokee Antique Row Cookie Spree On Saturday

Cookie Spree on Cherokee Antique Row in St. LouisSt. Louis’ Cherokee Street will hold its annual Cherokee Antique Row Cookie Spree from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7, 2014.

The six tree-lined blocks of historic homes and antique, collectible and specialty shops will transform into a wonderland of festival fun with cookies for everyone.

Free cookies and hot cider, caroling, and other music venues will be featured. Cherokee Antique Row is in the 1900-2300 blocks of Cherokee in  St. Louis.

 

 

FREE: Christmas Italian-Style On The Hill In St. Louis December 6

Kathryn Favazza to give concert at St. Ambrose on the HillBuon natale!  Get a slice of Christmas Italian-style at the FREE Christmas on the Hill Saturday, December 6, 2014.

The event includes FREE Salsiccia and FREE tours of The Hill

Other events include:

  • Storytelling with La Befana at Gelato di Riso
  • Carriage rides
  • A Christmas market
  • Children’s Christmas market and craft project
  • The Hill Nativity Walk
  • A Christmas Concert at St. Ambrose Church
  • Displays  in the windows of participating merchants  (they will be up through the feast of the Epiphany, January 6.)

In addition, many Hill businesses will have special Christmas on The Hill extended hours and special offers.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held in front of St. Ambrose Church at 5:45 p.m. with a special visit from La Befana.  The day will wrap up with the annual FREE Christmas Concert in St. Ambrose at 7 p.m. The concert will feature Kathryn Favazza and the Rosati Kain Voices.

Check out the complete schedule.

Maps of display locations and presepi descriptions are available at Girasole Gifts and Imports.

 

FREE Country Nights Concert At Ballpark Village November 28

Upcoming concerts include:
Ballpark Village is located at 601 Clark Ave., St. Louis.