One of the most enjoyable things to do during the holiday season is to admire lights wherever you can find them: on houses, in parks, on trees, or lining the streets where they light up the night. Lucky for us, St. Louis has some great local light displays that are just minutes away from Fontbonne. So get some hot chocolate, grab some friends, and buckle up: here are the best local holiday light displays around St. Louis.
Guided Car Tours
Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park
Visit Tilles Park in Ladue for the 32nd annual Winter Wonderland light display until December 30th. Admission for one vehicle costs $10. You can even take a carriage ride with up to 11 other people for an added fee. Check the website for more details and pricing information.
Way of Lights at Our Lady of the Snows
Crank up the Christmas tunes and take the thirty-minute drive to the widely-acclaimed light display at Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois. The display, which has been presented since 1970, has a special focus on the birth of Christ: “the one true light of the world.” Visit any day of the week from 5-9 p.m. (10 p.m. on weekends) until December 31st. Admission is free!
There are some fun activities on-site as well, such as a petting zoo, a Christmas tree display, and even a 5K Run on January 6th. Learn more about the Way of Lights, the 5K run, and the other activities here.
Christmas Wonderland in Rock Springs Park
Over four million lights are just 36 minutes away! Rock Springs Park in Alton, Illinois hosts the annual Christmas Wonderland until December 27th. Admission is $7 for cars.
After visiting Christmas Wonderland, make sure to check out Bethalto Christmas Village in Central Park. Admission to the park is free, but make sure to bring cash for the food and craft vendors, and stay for the live entertainment and live nativity. You can visit the village from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the following days:
- December 8th / 9th / 10th
- December 15th / 16th
Click here to learn more.
You don’t have to be 21 to join the holiday fun at Anheuser-Busch! Enjoy a free guided walking tour, skating, s’mores, photo ops, and—of course—lights at Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Visit from November 16th until December 30th every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Learn more about fun group package offerings on the website.
Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Gardens
November 18th through January 1st from 5-10 p.m., visit the Missouri Botanical Garden for their annual Garden Glow. Come enjoy over one million lights, s’mores, drinks, and special activities—great for any age. Ticket prices change depending on the day, so make sure you check the website before you go. You can even buy and print your tickets at home before you go.
Wild Lights at the St. Louis Zoo
On certain days throughout November and December, the St. Louis Zoo shuts down at 4 p.m. and opens up at 5:30 p.m. for Wild Lights (Check the schedule here). Tickets on weekdays are $8 and tickets on weekends are $10. You can buy tickets online or buy them at the door (door ticket sales end at 8 p.m.).
Candy Cane Lane
It’s never too cold for some Ted Drewes—so get some frozen custard and drive through a south St. Louis neighborhood to see some of the best home Christmas lights in the city. Located in and around the 6500 block of Murdoch avenue, Candy Cane Lane will not be difficult to find. Learn more about the fun history of Candy Cane Lane here.
Geoff’s Christmas Lights and Trains
About a ten-minute drive from Fontbonne—located at 1337 McKinley Avenue—this light display includes more than 120,000 lights! See the lights and lawn-size railroad throughout December, Sunday through Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Driving through the display is free, but cash and canned good donations are accepted for Backstoppers, an organization which helps those families affected by the loss of their relative who was a firefighter, police officer, or EMT.
Dan’s Emerald Forest in Overland
Just 12 minutes away from Fontbonne, Dan’s Emerald Forest holds an entire little world—all in one front lawn. What started as a landscaping project soon turned into an extremely unique home lights display: you’ve got to see it to believe it. Dan’s is open throughout all of December with special hours, and you can keep up with any news and see photos on the Facebook page.
Ladue Pines Home Display
If you head west on Ladue Road between Interstate 270 and Highway 141, just a 10-12 minute drive from Fontbonne, you’ll find a home display that boasts 125,000 lights that also dance with the soundtrack on a radio station (you’re prompted to change your channel upon entering the neighborhood). This home in Ladue also serves as a collection location for Toys for Tots, and they collected almost 3,000 toys last season!