Missouri Makes the Holiday Season Merry and Bright

November 7, 2019

Once upon a time, it was a favorite holiday activity to load the family into the car and scour the local neighborhoods in search of the biggest and brightest light displays. Today – the search is a lot easier, because Missouri tourism attractions have done all the prep work for you.

Photo provided by Warm Springs Ranch

For example, Warm Springs Ranch in Boonville hosts an annual Holiday Lights event Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 29-Dec. 29, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Admission is $10 per person (aged 2 and older) and reservations are required. Combine your love of bright colored lights with a chance to visit with the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales. Guests aged 21 and older will receive two complimentary Budweisers and other beverages and light snacks are available for purchase.

Staying with the Anheuser Busch theme, the brewery in St. Louis offers their fun-for-the-family Brewery Lights Tour Friday through Sunday, Nov. 22- Dec. 30. In addition to enjoying more than a million twinkling lights, ride the Brewery Express train (perfect for kids of all ages), go ice skating and explore the Kids Zone. The event is free, but several special packages, a la carte options and food tokens are available. If you're only interested in the light show, drive-through tours are available Monday through Wednesday evenings until midnight.

Photo provided by Anheuser-Busch

You may think this is really not the season for gardens – but you couldn't be further from the truth when you experience Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis and the Festival of Lights at Powell Gardens near Kansas City. Celebrate the season with more than a million dazzling lights, s'mores and a train show at the Missouri Botanical Garden, daily Nov. 23-Jan. 4. Tickets are $3-$20, with bargain and family nights and member pricing offered. Powell Gardens "Luminosity" event offers a dazzling wonderland of color installed in special moments along a mile-long accessible walk. It's open Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 29-Jan. 5. Tickets are $5-$12, with several packages available.

Make your holiday celebration a little bit wilder this year, with a visit to Wild Lights at the St. Louis Zoo. Whimsical animal-themed displays grace the zoo grounds, along with fire pits where you can warm your paws and toast a s'more. Admission is $8-9 Monday through Thursday and $10-$11 Friday-Sunday and includes admission to the 4D Theater showing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and the Conservation Carousel. The festival will run select nights Nov. 29-Dec. 30.

The big three theme parks are all getting into the holiday spirit, too.

  • Holiday in the Park at Six Flags in Eureka offers new features for 2019, including Kitty's Christmas show, a Gingerbread Village filled with lights candy elements and fun photo opportunities and "A Christmas Scarol" one-man puppet show. Plus, you'll find your old favorites from rides to food to holiday lights, select dates Nov. 23-Jan. 1.
  • An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City in Branson started early, running select dates Nov. 2-Dec. 30, Wed.-Sun. One of the nation's top five Christmas festivals, An Old Time Christmas features 6.5 million lights! If that's not dazzling enough, try interactive experiences, rides and attractions, and Rudolph's Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade featuring 45 costumed characters.
  • Holiday cheer rings out at Winterfest at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, select dates Nov. 23-Dec. 31. Thousands of sparkling lights transform the park in a way that will lift any spirit. Explore live shows, meet iconic characters, go ice skating, enjoy fantastic seasonal foods and up to 30 rides, and make lasting memories.

And finally, there's the Granddaddy of them all: the Kansas City Plaza Lights at Country Club Plaza ... a local tradition for 90 years. The 15-block holiday spectacle is lit up every day, 5 p.m.-3 a.m.

So now you know – it's entirely possible to get your holiday lights fix all in one place with lots of extra entertainment and activities thrown in for good measure. It's all designed to put you in the Christmas spirit! Enjoy the holidays!

Here's a list of Missouri light displays to help make your holidays bright:

City

Dates

Light Displays

Boonville

11/29-12/29

Warm Springs Ranch Holiday Lights

Branson

11/2-12/30

An Old Time Christmas – Silver Dollar City

Branson

11/6-1/1

Branson Gift of Lights Tour

Branson

11/8-12/28

North Pole Adventure

Branson

11/6-12/30

Trail of Lights

Carthage

11/22-12/28

Precious Moments Chapel

Eureka

11/23-1/1

Holiday in the Park – Six Flags

Jefferson City

12/7-12/30

Festival of Lights

Kansas City

11/29

Crown Center

Kansas City

11/28-1/?

Plaza Lights

Kansas City

11/23

Northern Lights – Zona Rosa

Kansas City

11/23-12/31

WinterFest – Worlds of Fun

Kingsville

11/29-1/5

Festival of Lights – Powell Gardens

Laurie

11/22-1/1

Enchanted Village of Lights

Lee's Summit

11/24

Trip the Light Fantastic Bike Ride

Lee's Summit

11/27-12/31

Christmas in the Park

Moberly

11/27-12/23

Christmas Lights in Rothwell Park

Osage Beach

11/30-12/31

Holiday Lights in the Park

Pulaski County

11/25-1/5

Christmas Lights at Devils Elbow Bridge on Route 66

Springfield

12/6-12/22

Candy Cane Lane at Rutledge-Wilson Farm

Springfield

11/29-12/28

Gardens Aglow at Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden

St. Joseph

11/29-1/1

Holiday Park

St. Louis

11/22-12/30

Anhueser-Busch Brewery Lights

St. Louis

11/23-1/4

Garden Glow – Missouri Botanical Garden

St. Louis

11/29-12/30

Wild Lights – Saint Louis Zoo

St. Louis

11/22-1/2

Winter Wonderland in Tilles Park

Versailles

11/28-1/1

Unity Circle of Lights

Wentzville

11/29-12/28

Holiday Night Lights

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