Christmas light shows around St. Louis area a great, family-oriented and budget-friendly way to get in the holiday spirit! There are tons of different displays all around town, so it’s easy to find one near you! Don’t forget to bring your camera, read this for tips on how to take the best pics of Christmas lights!
Here are three of my favorite light displays:
Wild Lights — St. Louis Zoo
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit one of the country’s best zoos while enjoying amazing light displays at the same time! Walk the Zoo’s holiday wonderland and enjoy hundreds of thousands of colorful lights and animated light displays. Rides, games, and fireside stories for the kids are available, as well as live performances by local choirs.
When: Dec 4 – 6, 11 – 13, 18 – 23, 26 – 30
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: The Saint Louis Zoo – Forest Park
Cost: $4.00 for members, $5.00 for non-members, children under 2 free; free parking
The Way of Lights — Our Lady of the Snows Shrine
The Way of Lights is one of the most popular light shows in the area and has been offering breathtaking light displays for 40 years. Drive through 1 ½ mile of displays with over a million lights, focusing on the birth of Christ. Check out the laser light shows, petting zoo, camel rides, Christmas tree displays, local choirs, interactive children’s village, carriage rides, and many more family fun activities!
When: Nov 20 – Jan 3
Time: 5 pm – 9 pm for indoor activities, 5 pm – 10 pm for outdoor lights
Where: The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows – Belleville, IL
Cost: Light display is free, small charge for other activities such as camel rides and a laser light show
Santa’s Magical Kingdom — Jellystone Park
Drive through Santa’s Magical Kingdom, 35 acres of some of the most spectacular light displays around. All of the displays here are truly amazing, with a 300 foot waterfall of lights, a tunnel of dancing lights as long as a football fields as well, dolphins swimming, and angels learning to fly. You’ll also find a display of the St. Louis arch surrounded by “fireworks” in their whimsical and state-of-the art light displays. Pictures with Santa, wagon and train are also available.
When: Nov 20 – Jan 3
Time: Sun – Thu: 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, Fri – Sat: 5:30 pm – 11 pm
Where: Jellystone Park – Eureka
Cost: $18 per car, $12 for wagon or train ride tickets