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.
*List has been updated with new events and dates for 2021!
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 26-December 27, Monday – Friday: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. The popular walk-thru night will be back on Monday, Nov. 29 from 6 – 9pm. No vehicles allowed that night.
Cost: Suggested donation is $7 per car or $1 per person for vehicles with 10 people or more. Admission for the walk through night is $1 per person.
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: November 19 – December 31,
Sunday – 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
Carlyle will 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. This is one of our favorite small town displays.
Where: 1096 Lake Road, Carlyle, Illinois
When: On November 26th, the Parade starts at 6:30 p.m. with fireworks at 7:30 p.m. at the City Park. The light display is open November 26- Jan 9, 5 p.m.-11:00 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 Journey to Bethlehem.
The Visitor’s Center hosts a quilt raffle, decorated trees, and a Lego display. Additional activities include camel & pony rides, petting zoo, and more. Families can enjoy discounts on these activities on Family Tuesdays.
Where: The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, 442 S. DeMazenod Dr. Belleville.
When: November 19- 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.
Lego Display is $5. 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 one mile walk past lighted trees, glass cottages filled with winter scenes, and more.
On weekends, adjacent Central Park will host Santa in the gazebo, a live nativity, barrel car rides for children, and more. Beverages and food can be purchased.
Where: E Central St, Bethalto, IL 62010
When: Arboretum light display open daily at 5 p.m. from November 27 – Jan
Central Park attractions will be open 5 to 8 p.m. November 27 & 28, December 4 & 5, 11 &12, 18 & 19.
Coulterville Holiday Light Display – Coulterville, IL
This small town goes all out for Christmas in an impressive display. Coulterville’s Light Display now spans 15 blocks with two million lights and 600 figures. The City Park features a walk through display of another million lights and decorations. Highlights include a life size Candyland, Frozen ice palace, and Santa’s Playland.
Fri, Sat, and Sun nights include special visits from Santa and his friends plus free hot chocolate, treats, and goodie bags for kids.
Where: 102 W Grant St, Coulterville, IL 62237
When: December 3rd – December 26th, nightly dusk – 9 p.m. Weekend special kids activities are 5-8 p.m.
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. You can view the lights by car, train, or walking!
The miniature train runs on weekends through a special North Pole light display. Hill’s Fort is also open on Friday evenings to view a historical reconstructed fort.
Where: 1395 Museum Ave Greenville, IL
When: Lights open daily from 5-9 p.m. November 26th – December 31st. Train rides on Fri, Sat, Sun. evenings.
Cost: Free to drive or walk through lights, but donations welcome. $4 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 12th – January 9. Daily. Open 5-10 p.m. and weekdays and 5-11 p.m. on weekends.
Cost: Tickets are $7 per person on weekdays and $30 per car on weekends (up to seven 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.
*List will be updated as displays are confirmed for 2021. Current list based on 2020 information.
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, Edwardsville, IL
9490 Holy Cross Rd, Fairview Heights, IL
1481 Woburn Road Greenville, IL
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, IL
119 Pebblebrook Lane, Troy, IL
You can also find a list and map of lights on th 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.
Where: 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO
When: November 12th – January 8th. Doors open at 5 p.m., last entry at 8:45. Closed Christmas Eve and Day.
Cost: $3-$20 per person. Specific Wednesdays are Family Nights with $3 kids admission. Tickets available online.
Wild Lights at the Zoo – St. Louis, MO
Wild Lights are back and better than ever this year at the St. Louis Zoo with many new attractions. Take a walk on the wild side past animal themed displays, fun photo opportunities, and over one million lights. Admission includes entrance to the Conservation Carousel and 4D Theater.
Where: 1 Government Dr. St. Louis, MO 63110
When: November 26-November 29, December 1-5, December 8-12, December 15-30th (closed Christmas Eve & Day). Two time slots are available each night, 5-6:30 and 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $10-$12 for members, $11-$13 for non members depending on the date. Children under 2 are free. Tickets are available online.
Santa’s Magical Kingdom – Eureka, 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 19th – January 9th
5:30 pm to 11:00 pm Friday and Saturday
5:30 pm to 10:30 pm Sunday-Thursday
Cost: $25 per carload on Mon-Thurs. and $30 on weekends. Admission is cash only, an ATM is available in the general store. Train and old fashioned wagon rides are also available for $15 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.
A special walk through event is held each evening November 19th-22nd. Pre-registration is required for the walk nights.
Where: 5300 Fox Creek Rd, Pacific, MO
When: November 24th through January 1st from 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Check the website for exact dates as there are some closed days.
Cost: $15 per carload, payable by cash or check only or by credit card online in advance. Carriage ride costs varies by size of the household group and tickets are available online. Walk nights are $8 per person.
Holiday Fun at Grant’s Farm – St. Louis, MO
Grant’s Farm holiday light display is back again and expanded this year. Guests will start off with a view of “Inspiration Hill,” including the famous Clydesdales. They will drive past the North Pole and a brilliant light tunnel on the way to the Busch Family Estate House. Visitors will view a magnificent, 50-foot illuminated tree and the grand finale at the farm’s historic Main Gates.
Where: 10501 Gravois Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123
When: Specific dates November 19th-January 2nd.Closed December 24 & 25.
Cost: $39-$49 per vehicle depending on date, 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, holiday shows, carolers performing classic yuletide favorites, personalized meet-and-greets with Santa and his helpers (before Christmas), and everyone’s favorite Looney Tunes characters.
Where: 4900 Six Flags Rd, Eureka, MO
When: Select days November 20 – January 2
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 each weekend. 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: November 20th – January 2nd. The holiday lights are on daily while special Winterfest events including ice skating, igloos, and winter markets are held Fridays 4 – 8 p.m. and weekends 12 – 8 p.m.
Anheuser Busch Brewery Lights – St. Louis, MO
This annual Brewery Lights at Anheuser-Busch is back to a walk through event with over a million lights, a dazzling light show, lighted tree, fire pits, igloos, and kids area.
Where: 1200 Lynch Street, enter off Arsenal Street, drive up and down Pestalozzi Street
When: Select nights November 26th – December 30th
Cost: $11 per person, 5 and under free.
Dasher’s Light Show – Hazelwood, MO
Dasher’s Light Show is a new display at the Power Plex. This light show is synced to holiday music and takes about 20 minutes to drive through.
Where: 5555 St. Louis Mills Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63042
When: November 5 – January 2nd, 5:30pm until 11:00pmNew Years Eve- 5:30pm until 9:30pm
Cost: $30-35 per car depending on date.
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 13. Carriage and hayride sleigh rides are available on select nights.
Where: 2577 W Meyer Rd, Wentzville, MO
When: November 26-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. All tickets must be purchased in advance.
Where: 1000 Jessup Lane, O’Fallon, MO
When: November 26 – December 30th, Sunday – Thursday, 6–9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6–10 p.m. Closed Christmas Day. Celebration of Lights is closed to vehicles on November 29, December 6, December 7 and December 13.
Cost: $12 per vehicle. Walk through event is $3 per person. Specialty rides are additional cost.
Lost Hill Lake Grove of Lights – St. Clair, MO
Lost Hill Lake Events is holding its first ever Grove of Lights Holiday Experience. Each weekend visitors can enjoy a walk through holiday light display with photo ops, cozy bon fires, and kids crafts and activities. Santa makes an appearance on select Saturdays with food and artisan vendors will be on site. Bring an unwrapped toy to benefit the charity toy drive.
Where: 2300 Mill Hill Rd. St. Clair, MO
When: Weekends in November and December 5 – 10 p.m.
Cost: $14 for adults and $7 for children over 3.
Residential Light Displays
There are a huge amount of festive home to view around St. Louis. Here are some must sees. *List will be updated as displays are confirmed for 2021. Current list based on 2020 information.
9912 Juniper Court, Affton
8121 S. Laclede Station Road, Affton
4008 Healy Court, Affton
2342 Lee Drive, Arnold
6725 Armistead Ct., Barnhart
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
5225 Fairview 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.