Lights, lights and more lights ... Missouri is aglow. Cities and towns across the Show-Me State are living up to the ‘show-me’ moniker by offering wondrous light displays for you to see this holiday season. Pack the clan into the car and take in as many as you can; no two are alike. Here are a few examples to get your mind working.
Already underway, the Branson Area Festival of Lights will lift your spirit. This is a magical one-mile, drive-through path illuminated by more than 175 displays. Take the drive as often as you want through Dec. 31, 2014.
In Springfield, Nov. 22, 2014, marks the start of the Festival of Lights with music, entertainment and the lighting of a 33-foot Christmas tree at Jordan Valley Park, followed by free hot chocolate and fireworks at Hammons Field. Several additional festive activities are scheduled throughout November and December, including horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shows and concerts.
The world famous Country Club Plaza Lights are a wonder to behold. Kicking things off is the Lighting Ceremony, Nov. 27, 2014. The evening includes live entertainment, trivia, giveaways, the ‘switch throwing,’ fireworks and a concert. The lights, which stay lit through Jan. 18, 2014, outline every building in the 15-block Country Club Plaza shopping, dining and entertainment district of Kansas City.
In St. Charles, Nov. 28-Dec. 24, 2014, Christmas past and present merge into a time when life was simpler and Christmas was elegant and magical. Christmas Traditions, along the festively lit brick-paved Main Street, is a month-long festival celebrating the best of the holiday season.
On Nov. 28, 2014, St. Joseph opens Holiday Park and the South Pole. Operating through Jan. 1, 2015 (including Christmas night), this drive-through extravaganza encompasses two parks with lavish displays of lighted arches and trees and winter scenes; also, the park's Italianate building are outlined in lights.
O’Fallon gets into the show Nov. 28-Dec. 30, 2014, with their Celebration of Lights. In addition to the walk-through lights, O'Fallon offers: rides on a carriage, a train and a sleigh; hayrides; and Segway tours through the park.
Watch the lights come on at these tree lighting ceremonies and parades:
Yes, there are a lot more activities throughout Missouri this holiday season; this is just a sampling. Do us one big favor: fill our VisitMO Facebook page with joyous photos of your holiday journeys in Missouri. Cheers!