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Best Places Around St. Louis to Find Christmas Lights


Credit to Alex Rowe

The Blues-themed lights shine at the Winter Wonderland light show at Tilles Park. The park is specifically designed for cars to drive through. It is open through the holiday season, Nov. 22-Dec. 30.

By Sophia Schmidt

One of the many things people love to do during the holiday season is to take trips with their family or friends to see nearby light shows. Here are a few unique places around St. Charles and St. Louis that host light shows during the holidays.

  1. Tilles Park is unique because it is open to all kinds of traffic, like cars, vans and even limousines. They also offer carriage rides. It is located in St. Louis on 9551 Litzsinger Road. Saturdays are off-limits for vehicles, as they only offer carriage rides within the park. It ends Dec. 30, and is generally open from 5:30-9:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per vehicle.
  2. The St. Louis Zoo allows visitors to stroll through the displays, with the zoo’s prominent animals out and about. It is located within Forest Park, on Government Drive. They also offer campfires and s’mores during this event, and entertainment such as live carolers. The display is open every day of the week. It ends Dec. 30, and is open from 5:00-10:00 p.m. The cost is for members is $7, and for nonmembers is $8. 
  3. The Garden Glow showcases all the Botanical Garden’s floral exhibits surrounded by beautiful lights. The Botanical Gardens are located on Shaw Boulevard in St. Louis, with free parking for the gardens included. It ends Jan. 1, and is open to the public from 6-9 p.m. on weekdays, and 9-10 p.m. on weekends. The cost is $10 per car.
  4. The Celebration of Lights is located in O’Fallon, within Zumwalt park. Every light display within the park is organized by local organizations, and it is open to all kinds of vehicles. It ends Dec. 30, and is generally open from 5:30-9:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per vehicle.

There are many places around FHN that offer a wonderful holiday experience. There really isn’t anything better than taking a trip with family or friends to go see beautiful lights on a cold night.