I hope you’ve all had a great holiday season. Last night I finally had a chance to see some Christmas lights at the 26th annual Tilles Park Winter Wonderland here in St. Louis. I had made a goal to discover the best Christmas lights in St. Louis and these rank among the best in the city.
The light display winds you through the park and cars share the road with horse-drawn carriages. You circle around a lake and see displays featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus, a gingerbread house, and even the 12 Days of Christmas. The park has music playing on a few speakers (it was in the 50s when we went so I cracked a window) but you can also switch your radio on and hear the music play on a station they have piping Christmas music in.
Tilles Park’s Winter Wonderland opened this year on November 23, 2011 and it closes on January 1, 2012. They are closed for New Year’s Eve so that means you only have tonight and New Year’s Day left to see it. I was cutting it pretty close! The park opens every day at 5:30 PM so it’s good and dark and traffic will be let in through 9:30 PM.
If you’re looking to attend, make sure to exit Interstate 64/Highway 40 at McKnight Road and head south. Signs and traffic will back up outside the park and only right turns are allowed when entering so do not come via Litzsinger Road. The event costs $9 for regular cars and you’ll pay at the end of the light show so have your money ready then.
Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
If you’re looking to take advantage of the warm weather we’re having in St. Louis, try a horse drawn carriage. You can still buy tickets on Metrotix though prices vary depending on the size of your party. If you want to drive instead, make sure to stay to the right so the carriages can go past you. It was very fun to see the horses pulling people past us as we drove through the light displays and I’d bet there’s plenty of fun to be had on the carriage too.