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The Best Christmas Light Displays around St. Louis

One our family’s favorite holiday traditions is to drive around and look at the colorful light displays. Some of these trips are through elaborate set ups in various parks with millions of lights. Other displays are put up by festive homeowners who go all out to celebrate the season. No matter which side of the river you are on, here is a list of some great spots to check out this year.

Lights in Illinois

Rock Springs Park Christmas Wonderland – Alton, IL
More than 4 million lights are on view at this drive through display at Rock Springs Park. View cascading waterfalls of lights and lighted trees and displays. Alton is also home to some beautiful old homes and worth a drive through the historic districts to see the grand homes in full Christmas decorations.
Where: 2116 College Ave., Rock Spring Park, Alton, IL 62002
When: Open November 27-December 27, Monday – Friday: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: Suggested donation is $7 per car of $1 per person for vehicles with 10 people or more. Due to COVID there will be no walk through event or Santa this year.

Winter Wonderland – Lebanon, IL
Lebanon’s Horner Park will once again light up with the Christmas Winter Wonderland. This park features a variety of handcrafted cut outs of various holiday characters, thousands of lights, and a huge waving Santa display. New surprises show up each year on this cute and fun display put on entirely by volunteers.
Where: Horner Park, 11109 Widicus Road, Lebanon, Illinois
When: Open November 20th – December 31.
Sunday โ€“ Thursday 5 p.m.- 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost: Free. Donations are welcome and normally collected upon entering.

Christmas in Carlyle – Carlyle, IL
While the usual fireworks and Santa visit’s are cancelled for this year, Carlyle will still kick off the holiday season with their lighted parade the day after Thanksgiving. That same evening, the beautiful light display will light up city park. We first visited this display last year and our kids loved the animated features and lighted dancing tree display set to music.
Where: 1096 Lake Road, Carlyle, Illinois
When: Parade is November 27th at 6:30 p.m. The light display is open November 27- Jan 3rd, 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Cost: Free. Donations are welcome and normally collected upon entering.

Way of Lights – Belleville, IL
Visiting the Way of Lights at the National Shrine of Our Lady Snows is a yearly annual tradition for many metro-east families. This beautiful drive through display features over one million lights depicting the โ€œJourney to Bethlehem. Additional activities include camel & pony rides, petting zoo, and more.
Where: The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, 442 S. De Mazenod Dr. Belleville.
When: November 22- December 31.
Visitor Center and Tree Display open 10 am – 5 pm
Outdoor Light Display: 5-9 p.m. nightly
Cost: Free for light display although donations are welcome. Free plush animal with donation of $15 or more.
Camel rides are $8 . Carriage rides are also available for additional charge. Family nights on Tuesdays include discounts on activities.

Bethalto Christmas Village – Bethalto, IL
Bethalto Christmas Village is a free, walk through event designed to share the Spirit of Christmas throughout the community and region. The Arboretum in Bethalto will have a 1/2 mile path past lighted trees, glass cottages filled with winter scenes, and more. The live nativity will not occur this year due to COVID but this is still a charming display to visit.
Where: E Central St, Bethalto, IL 62010
When: Open daily from 9 am from November 27, 2020, through January 1, 2021.
Cost: Free

Coulterville Holiday Light Display – Coulterville, IL
This small town goes all out for Christmas. Coulterville’s City Park is filled with one million lights, 450 wooden figurines, 15 animated scenes, and a 300-piece ceramic village. Other highlights include a life size Candyland, Frozen ice palace, and Santa’s Playland. This 1/2 mile walk through display will have no-contact character visits each evening, light refreshments, and a goodie bag for the kids.
Where: 102 W Grant St, Coulterville, IL 62237
When: December 3rd – December 27th, Thursdays-Sundays 6-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

American Farm Heritage Museum Christmas Lights Wonderland – Greenville, IL
The American Farm Heritage Museum in Greenville is a great place to visit any time of year to learn about rural history and ride the miniature train. In December, the grounds light up with a beautiful display of light boxes filled with holiday scenes. While normally you can also walk along the path, this year the viewing is by car only. The train will be running to find Santa at his Covid Retreat and Deliver Riders Christmas wish list! All Kids will receive a goody bag including a list to fill out for Santa. Trains will depart from the Depot every Half Hour.
Where: 1395 Museum Ave Greenville, IL
When: November 27th – December 31st, Daily 5-9 p.m.
Train rides are Saturdays Dec 5, 12, and 19th. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tickets must be purchased online here.
Cost: Free to drive thru, but donations welcome. $5 for train ride for anyone over age 2.

World Wide Technology Raceway Wonderlight’s Christmas – Madison, IL
The largest synchronized light display in the St. Louis area will return to the metro-east this season at World Wide Technology Raceway. The Wonderlight’s Christmas display features more than 1-million lights each moving in sync to Christmas music. The show features things like floating snowflakes, shooting stars, giant dancing trees, and five immersive tunnels of light along a 2 mile drive through path.
Where: 700 Raceway Blvd, Madison, IL
When: November 20th – Jan 3rd. Daily 5-10 p.m.
Cost: $7 per person over age 3 or $30 per carload for up to 7 passengers.

Residential Light Displays

There are several homes throughout the metro-east that put on an impressive displays as well. Make an evening of it to check out these streets.
53 & 57 Dianne Drive, Belleville IL
1420 Fairwood Drive, Belleville IL
421 John Henry Road, Belleville IL
110 Westbrook Ct. Collinsville, IL
55 Woodford Way Collinsville, IL
1904 Pinehurst Ct., Collinsville IL
93 Spring Glen, Collinsville, IL
105 N. Metter Ave. Columbia IL
1611 South Coles Court,ย Edwardsville, IL
9490 Holy Cross Rd, Fairview Heights, IL
1481ย Woburnย Road Greenville, ILย 
9 Barbarotto Lane, Maryville IL
107 & 109 E. Adams, O’Fallon, IL
Macon Ct. O’Fallon, IL
206 E. Wesley Dr., O’Fallon, IL
1010 North Smiley, O’Fallon, IL
621 Sommerset Lane O’Fallon, IL
Moye School Rd. O’Fallon, IL
1927 Llewellyn Road, Swansea IL
160 Pine Dale Drive, Swansea IL
2036 Grandview Drive, Saint Jacob IL
323 S. Madison St. Trenton, ILย 
119ย Pebblebrook Lane, Troy, IL
Light-Up Collinsville Decorating Contest entries HERE or by map HERE
Tour of Lights Edwardsville map HERE

You can also find a list and map of lights on the St. Louis Holiday Light Hopping site.

Looking for more holiday events around the metro-east? Check out a full list of Christmas activities and events at Madison County Mom.

Lights in Missouri

Garden Glow at Missouri Botanical Garden – St. Louis, MO
Garden Glow surrounds visitors with a spectacle of dazzling installations and over one million lights. The display features photo opportunities, traditional holiday music and festivities, and delicious food and drinks as the Garden is transformed around into a winter wonderland. Admission also includes a visit to the indoor holiday flower garden and miniature train display.
Where: 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO
When: November 11th – Jan 2nd. Doors open at 5 p.m., last entry at 8:45. Closed Christmas Eve and Day.
Cost: $3-$20 per person. Tickets available online.

Wild Lights at the Zoo – St. Louis, MO
Wild Lights are back this year at the St. Louis Zoo. Take a walk on the wild side past animal themed displays, fun photo opportunities, and over one million lights. A ride on the conservation carousel is included in admission.
Where:1 Government Drive    St. Louis, MO 63110
When: November 27-November 29, December 2-6, December 9-23, December 26-January 2. Two time slots are available each night, 5-6:30 and 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Monday-Thursday: $9.95/members, $10.95/non-membersFriday-Sunday: $11.95/members, $12.95/non-members
Children under 2 are free. Tickets are available online.

Santa’s Magical KingdomEureka, MO
Santa’s Magical Kingdom is one of the largest light displays in the area. Millions of lights are on view along with a tunnel of dancing lights, model St. Louis Arch, Toy Land, and 300′ tall lighted “waterfall.” Kids can drop off a letter to Santa in the North Pole mailbox. Kris Kringle’s general store will be open this year with a selection of gifts and personalized ornaments.
Where: 5300 Fox Creek Rd, Pacific, MO
When: November 20th – January 10th
5:30 pm to 11:00 pm Friday and Saturday
5:30 pm to 10:30 pm Sunday-Thursday
Cost: $23 per carload, payable when exiting. Admission is cash only, an ATM is available in the general store. Train and wagon rides are also available for $13 per person and include admission.

Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park – St. Louis, MO
St. Louis County Parks transforms Tilles Park each holiday season into a Winter Wonderland. One of the most popular displays in the area, visites can view mor than a million twinkling lights, various holiday scenes, a tunnel of lights, a toy factory, holiday bells, a bubbling stream and Santa and his reindeer. The lights can be viewed by car or carriage ride. (The walk through event has been canceled for 2020.)
Where: 5300 Fox Creek Rd, Pacific, MO
When: November 20, 2020 through January 2, 2021 from 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Check the website for exact dates as there are some closed days.
Cost: $10 per carload, payable by cash or check only or by credit card in advance. Carriage ride costs varies by size of the household group and tickets are available online.

Holiday Fun at Grant’s Farm – St. Louis, MO
The Halloween light event at Grant’s Farm was so popular that they are holding their first drive through holiday light display. Guests start their holiday journey with a view of the Clydesdales at Inspiration Hill. Other spots on the drive include a gingerbread village, a winter wonderland and animals all viewed from your car on a 30 minute drive. Vehicles with children will receive a complimentary bag of goodies. Guests may purchase a Family Bundle which includes a photo, beverages, snacks, and merchandise for the kids. 
Where: 10501 Gravois Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123
When: Thursdays-Sundays, Nov. 27-Dec. 31.Closed December 24 & 25.
Cost: $40 per vehicle, reservations required online.

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags – Eureka, MO
Six Flags St. Louis will transform into a winter wonderland this holiday season with over a million colorful lights, carolers performing classic yuletide favorites, personalized meet-and-greets with Santa and his helpers (before Christmas), and everyoneโ€™s favorite Looney Tunes characters.
Where: 4900 Six Flags Rd, Eureka, MO
When: Select days November 21 – January 3
Cost: Tickets start at $24.99 for anyone over age 2.

Ameren Missouri Festival of Lights – St. Louis, MO
In collaboration with the Gateway Arch Park Foundation, thousands of lights will shine on Keiner Plaza downtown on Friday and Saturday nights. Visitors can expect a whimsical lighting experience, a fabulous animated projection show, photo ops, and the Salvation Army Tree of Lights.
Where: 500 Chestnut St, St. Louis, MO 
When: Friday and Saturday Nights from November 21 through January 2
Cost: Free

Anheuder Busch Brewery Lights – St. Louis, MO
This year the 35th annual Brewery Lights at Anheuser-Busch is a drive-thru only event. Almost one million lights decorate the various buildings including the Old Schoolhouse, the Clocktower and more. Synchronized lights and music fill the Pestalozzi Street tunnel. On Friday and Saturday nights bring non-perishable food to help St. Louis Area Foodbank. 
Where:  1200 Lynch Street, enter off Arsenal Street, drive up and down Pestalozzi Street 
When: 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Thursdays-Sundays, Nov. 27-Jan. 3, closed Dec. 24, 25 and 31
Cost: Free

Lots of Lights – St. Charles, MO
Lot of Lights is an amazing display of more than 1.5 million lights and features holograms, lasers, and projection mapping. Visitors can drive through the world’s only drive-through laser tunnel. This drive-through holiday lights installation will be located at the Family Arena.
Where: 500 Chestnut St, St. Louis, MO 
When: Sundays through Thursdays –  5:30pm until 10:00pm
Fridays, Saturdays and Dec 24th Christmas Eve – 5:30pm until 11:00pmNew Years Eve- 5:30pm until 9:30pm
Cost: $25 per car. Food and drink concessions also available.

Holiday Night Lights – Wentzville, MO
The annual Wentzville Holiday Night Lights display is back this year at Rotary Park. Visitors can enjoy a one-mile light display that features large illuminated commercial scenes and tunnels of twinkling lights. On Saturdays visitors can enjoy a visit with Santa inside the Kolb Building which has been transformed into a winter wonderland. A walk through event is planned for Dec 14. Sleigh and carriage rides are also available.
Where: November 27-December 30th 5:30-9:30 p.m. , closed Christmas Day. Open daily for drive through, special dates for carriage and slight rides
When: November 27-December 30th 5:30-9:30 p.m. , closed Christmas Day.
Cost: $10 per car for up to 6 people, $1 for each additional passenger. Online registration is required for carriage and sleigh rides or for walk through event.

Celebration of Lights – O’Fallon, MO
Celebration of Lights is a drive-through holiday light display held at Fort Zumwalt Park. Each scene is designed and funded by local organizations, churches and businesses. Carriage, sleigh and train rides are available on select nights. Visitors can explore by foot during the Holiday Stroll Dec. 7-8. All tickets must be purchased in advance.
Where: 1000 Jessup Lane, O’Fallon, MO
When: November 27 โ€“ December 30, 2020, Sunday โ€“ Thursday, 6โ€“9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6โ€“10 p.m. Closed Christmas Day. Closed to vehicles November 30, December 7 and December 8.
Cost: $12 per vehicle. Walk through event is $5 per person. Specialty rides are additional cost.

Residential Light Displays

There are a huge amount of festive home to view around St. Louis. Here are some must sees.

9912 Juniper Court, Affton
8121 S. Laclede Station Road, Affton
4008 Healy Court, Affton
2342 Lee Drive, Arnold
2159 Dudler Dr. Arnold
9211 Laurel Hill, Crestwood
607 Calamar Ct. Dardenne Prairie
502 Forest Run Drive, Eureka
788 Spring Crest Court, Fenton
1387 Green Elm Drive, Fenton
9 West Lakewood Drive, Fenton
1533 Westvale Drive, Festus
1555 Aspen Drive, Florissant
14805 94th Avenue, Florissant
1748 Spring Forest Lane,Hazelwood
4600 Byrnesville Rd, House Springs,
31 Valley Gate Court, Lake St. Louis
958 Kinsale Drive, Manchester
12499 Marine Ave, Maryland Heights

4821 Viento Drive, Oakville
2546 Pioneer Drive, Oakville
1281 Brave Dr. O’Fallon
8851 Windom Ave, Overland
1961 Old Gray Summit Rd, Pacific
493 Olde Court Rd, St. Charles
1041 Pike Street, St. Charles,
1024 North Duchesne Dr, St.Charles
Candy Cane Lane-6500 Block of Murdoch Ave., St. Louis Hills, Mo
6500 Block of Neosho Ave, St. Louis Hills
4700 Block of Prague Ave., St. Louis Hills
9537 Herpel Lane, St. Louis
1337 McKinley Ave St. Louis
3 Elmshadow Court, St. Peters
128 Excalibur Boulevard, Troy MO
403 North Rock Hill Rd, Webster Groves
19027 Old Manchester Rd, Wildwood

You can find many more residential displays around St. Louis and a map and driving routes at Holiday Light Hopping.

Looking for other holiday events around St. Louis? You can find a calendar of upcoming events and a list of places to see Santa at Fun 4 Kids STL.

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