Get your twinkle on, it’s Christmas light time! Pour some hot cocoa in a travel mug, download your favorite holiday tunes and put your kids in the car–because I’ve got a list of St. Louis’ best Christmas light displays!
Updated for 2021
Every year we celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with trip to a couple of these festive light shows. There’s something for everyone!
Some shows are completely free and other will cost you by the carload.
Check the details on your favorite display, because most of these offer special nights with walking tours, carriage rides, hay wagons and trains! If you start now, you might just see them all!
Nov. 19 – Jan. 2, 2021
Grants’s Farm, St. Louis County
Grant’s Farm had so much fun inviting everyone to drive though their property for Halloween that they started a new tradition–drive through holiday lights! This event is extra special because traditionally the farm is closed to the public in the winter.
This year you’ll get to drive by the Busch Family Estate all lit up for Christmas! The tour also includes a drive through the Tiergarden (now dressed up as the North Pole) and past the grand gates.
Kids will get a candy cane from the Storybook Sweets shop and you can upgrade your visit with plush Dalmatians, Clydesdales, kettle corn and an ornament.
Tickets are $39-$49 depending on the day of the week.
Dasher’s Lightshow and Reindeer Games (NEW for 2021)
Nov. 12-Dec. 31, 2021
POWERPlex, Hazelwood, MO
POWERPlex is hosting Dasher’s Lightshow, a national production set in several cities. It’s more than a drive through light show — it’s an EVENT. You’ll drive through a very modern light show with tunnels, disco walls and snow machines
Then you can park and head inside for Reindeer Games! You can ice skate, shop, play on inflatables and visit with Santa. The Hall has darts, pickleball, cornhole, ping pong and pinball! Entry is free, some games have a small charge.
Haven’t checked out POWERPlex yet? Not surprising, since 2020 was not kind to their construction goals. It used to be the St. Louis Mills Outlet Mall and was converted by Dan Buck and his company into a youth sports center for practice and tournament games. They host a variety of sports, from volleyball to baseball.
Dasher’s Lights is $35 per car, $5 peak time surcharge. Entry to Reindeer Games is free, some games may charge a small fee. Food & drink available inside.
Grove of Lights (NEW for 2021!)
Nov. 20-Jan 2, 2022
Lost Hills Lake, St. Clair, MO
Stroll through a four acre walnut grove decorated with twinkle lights and scenic photo-opps. You can take pictures next to a giant wreath, a vintage truck and so much more!
Lost Hills Lake is an outdoor event venue that hosts weddings and weekend glamping trips, so they know how to entertain. There will be food and drink, hot cocoa, bonfires, s’mores plus crafts and games for kids.
Saturdays you can shop local at their holiday pop-up market and visit with Santa.
Lost Hills Lake is dog friendly.
Weekends only, open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. $14 for adults, $7 for children, kids 3 and under are FREE
Dec. 9-11, Dec. 16-18, 2022
Pathfinder Church, Ellisville, MO
Experience the reason for the Season at this wonderful drive through light show. There’s live music, spectacular twinkle lights sync’d up to music, Christmas-themed inflatables, a twinkle light tunnel and live nativity scene. The show is provided for free by Pathfinder Church and wraps around their campus.
Limited time run! Open December 9-11 and 16-18 from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Free.
15800 Manchester Rd, Ellisville MO
Nov. 12-Jan 9, 2022
World Wide Technology Raceway, Fairmont City, IL
Drive your car through a one mile “track” at World Wide Technology Raceway in Fairmont City, IL.
The show is $7 per person or $30 per car and runs 5 to 10pm EVERY night, including Christmas. (Kids under 3 are free.)
This is a returning event.
Nov. 19 to December 31, 2021
It’s huge, it’s awesome, it’s all about the real Christmas story…and it’s free!
Some of the indoor activities have returned for 2021, including a Lego display in the visitors center and 12 professionally decorated Christmas Trees. No word on the play area returning yet.
Definately give them a donation on the way out! If you donate $15 you can take home a Build-A-Bear plushy critter for your kid’s collection–2021 will be a cute polar bear!
The Way of Lights also has camel rides, a petting zoo and indoor activities. Camel & Pony rides are $8, food for the petting zoo critters is a buck.
Nov. 26-Dec. 30 2021.
St. Louis, MO
No longer a freebie, the tour of brewery campus is still one of my favorites. The full walking tour with beer, s’mores, hot cocoa, fire pits and kid activities has returned! New this year are igloos to rent, a 22 foot digital tree and a 30 minute light show.
$10 for adults (includes a free 16oz beer), $5 for minors, kids under 6 are free. Free parking.
Nov. 13-Jan 8, 2022
Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO
They’re lighting up the whole garden again, and boy, is it’s something to see!
Lucky for us, they added a Family Nights with $3 tickets for kids, and reduced prices on select Bargain Nights. Regular admission for non-members is still $18 for adults and $10 for kids, and of course members get a discount.
Nov. 26-Dec. 30, 2021
Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis
Bundle up the kiddos for a stroll through the St. Louis Zoo after dark! They’re open from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on select nights (check the calendar for details).
We’re still using TIMED TICKETS IN ADVANCE for 2021. Tickets are again going to be limited for
Tickets are $10 for Zoo members and $11 for non-members on weekdays and $2 more on weekends. Children under two get in free. There is also free parking at both of the Zoo’s lots.
You HAVE to get your tickets online or by phone! The Penguins and Carousel will be open during Wild Lights!
The Carousel is included with admission.
Nov 24-Jan. 1, 2022
This ONE MILE gem is run by the St. Louis County parks department and sells out every year! Great news for 2021: walking tours are back! You can also drive through or rent a horse drawn carriage.
Car Tours are $15 at the door (cash only) and $18 through MetroTix. Limos & Commercial vehicles are more. Cars enter from south bound McKnight Road. There are NO CAR TOURS ON SATURDAYS.
Walking tours are $10 from MetroTix and must be bought in advance to save your spot. Dogs are welcome to the walking tour and so are your cameras, strollers and wagons. Hot chocolate and desserts will be available for sale.
Carriage Rides start at $19.75 per person, or you can rent a whole carriage starting at $120.75. Tickets must be bought online at Metrotix. You should also bring a tip for the driver. No dogs are allowed on the carriage ride. You are welcome to bring your own beverage & snacks. Saturdays are reserved for only carriages if you want
Please note that you MUST RSVP ONLINE for the walking tour, as this event sells out every year.The Winter Wonderland is open daily from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., except for Christmas Eve (they’ll be closed then). Check the calendar for dates — Saturdays are carriage ride only, and some early dates are walking only.
Nov. 26-Dec. 27, 2021
More than FOUR million lights have been strung through Rock Spring Park for their annual Christmas Wonderland lights display. There’s cascading waterfalls, lighted trees and hundreds of light displays!
$7 per car. Open 7 days a week, from 6 to 9pm on weekdays and 5 to 9pm on the weekends.
Nov. 26-Dec. 30, 2021
Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon, MO
Drive through lights and holiday scenes set up in Fort Zumwalt Park. The display is open through Dec. 30, but closed on Christmas.
You’ll need to get you tickets IN ADVANCE either online or at the Renaud Center. Tickets are good for any date.
The Holiday Stroll will be Dec. 6 & 7 for walking tours only. There’s free parking at a nearby church with a free shuttle to the park. There’s a short fireworks display at 7 and 7:45pm both nights. No pets, bikes, skateboards or motorized anything. Tickets are $5 a person, 2 and under are free.
All other nights are open to cars only. Tickets are $12 for family vehicles, more for vans, limos or buses.
Carriage Rides from Brookdale Farms start at $65 per carriage.
Tractor Rides are $150 per wagon and are offered Tues-Wed-Thursday.
Train Rides are $75 per car and are offered Nov. 29 & Dec. 13.
Open Sunday – Thursday from 6 to 9 pm, and Friday and Saturday from 6 to 10 pm.
Nov. 26-Dec. 30, 2021
Rotary Park, Wentzville, MO
This one mile light display in Rotary Park features large commercial scenes and tunnels with twinkling, flashing features that offer a thrill for everyone!
Open to cars daily through Dec. 30 (closed Christmas Day) from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. $10 per car, up to 6 people. (If you’ve wedged more than 6 in your car, it’s a dollar extra per person.)
Dec. 13 is walk through only, $3 a person ($5 at the door). Stop by the Kolb Building to visit with Santa and his real live reindeer.
Carriages are offered on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. It’s recommended to pay in advance, but drop in are welcome if they’re not full. $50 for two.
Tractor pulled “sleigh hayrides” are also available for groups to rsvp.
Santa Saturdays: Stop by the Kolb Building to visit with Santa (who’s in his magical snow globe) and drop off a letter.
Nov. 19- Jan. 9, 2022
Jelly Stone Park, Eureka, MO
Photos with Santa are still on hold for 2021, but you can see him waving from the park when you drive by and drop a letter for him at the “North Pole” gift shop. After Christmas, Santa will head back home.
They’re up to FOUR million lights now! Santa’s Magical Kingdom is actually Jellystone Park campground and offers 35 acres of decorated park land.
Ride a wagon or take your car. The event runs 7 days a week –including Christmas! Admission is $25 per car Monday through Thursday and $30 Friday to Sunday. Wagons are $15 per person. Kids under 2 are free if they ride on an adult lap.
Your ticket fee is tallied up at the end of the event so the entry line is smoother. There’s an ATM in the gift store, but the ticket booth is CASH ONLY.
Candy Cane Lane is not an “official” light show, but a very festive neighborhood tradition in South St. Louis on the 6500 block of Murdoch.
Nearly every house is lit up with twinkle lights and decorations, plus lights around the trees and streets. The block is located in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood between Ted Drewes and Francis Park–check out this slide show from the Riverfront Times!
Nov. 26-Dec 30, 2021.
If you’re heading out to Boonville–maybe to visit a winery or Mizzou–then you’ll want to book a date for Warm Springs Ranch, home of the (baby) Clydesdales!
You’ll need to get your tickets in advance — and spots are limited, so sign up soon! The barn is back open for visitors, you’ll get to walk around to see the lights, take pictures with the horses and shop at the gift shop.
Food and Anheuser-Busch products will be available too.
Tickets are $20 per person over 13, $10 for kids 3 to 12 and free for little ones under 2.
The visit is not guided, so you’ll be free to explore at your own pace.