Few things inspire the holiday spirit like twinkling Christmas lights. Get together with friends and family and experience enchanting drive-thru Christmas light displays, charming luminary-lit small towns, and the best neighborhood lights in all of St. Charles. Embark on a journey to see landscapes so wonderfully lit that they look like they belong in a Christmas movie, right here in St. Charles.
Gaze up in awe as you drive through a tunnel of Christmas lights at O’Fallon’s annual Christmas light display. Dazzling displays by local organizations and businesses light up the park. The drive-thru is shut down from December 3rd through 5th for the “Old Fashioned Holiday Stroll” where pedestrians can walk through the path of the light displays. Get pictures with Santa, watch fireworks over the lake, and have a hot drink on these nights, too. Open from November 24th to December 30th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., you must buy your tickets in advance to attend. Trolley rides, hayrides, and city train rides through the display are available in limited quantity.
Travel through the one mile long sparkling lights display in Wentzville, MO. This annual event runs from November 24th to December 30th from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and features sensational light displays and tunnels that will give you a jolly ole’ time. Santa will be there on Saturdays and on the walk-thru date in the Kolb Building to spread Christmas cheer. The walk-thru experience on December 11th allows people to see the displays in a slower, more intimate environment. Tractor-pulled hayrides will be available for groups on specific dates. May your days be merry and bright when you get tickets to Holiday Night Lights.
Do you prefer to enjoy the Christmas lights at your own pace? Head to New Town St. Charles where many residents take decorating their homes very seriously – and they don’t disappoint. Take your family and pick which brightly decorated home is your favorite. While you’re there, stop by for a bite to eat at local restaurants like Padavan’s NY Pizza and Pinball, Domain Street Wine Bar, or Pauly’s Pizza and Coney Shack.
Have an enchanting Christmas experience at the Augusta Candlelight Christmas Walk. Over 1,000 luminaries greet visitors in downtown Augusta, where restaurants, stores, and wineries stay open late for this special event. Santa will be in town for pictures, horse-drawn carriages will be giving rides to guests around town, and bonfires will be aglow for warmth. Experience this classic Norman Rockwell Christmas on December 1st and 8th from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
To see an impressively decorated house, head out to Never Enough Lights in Dardenne Prairie. This is their 18th year of synchronizing Christmas lights with music. The lights know how to “dance” to over 50 Christmas songs on 102.1 FM. Opening night is November 24th. This display is free, however a donation to Hope Ministries Food Pantry is greatly appreciated.
Synced to 88.5, the bright lights on this St. Charles home delight visitors as they move to Christmas music. Dedicated to the family’s late son, the display is so bright in hopes that he can enjoy them from up above. On December 15th, they host a Santa Night Fundraiser where for a small donation to Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss, families can get their photo taken with Santa. Check out Seen from Above’s Facebook page for more information.
Step back in time as you walk through the historic village shining with thousands of lantern-lit candles. Hear storytellers and even Daniel and Rebecca Boone reminisce on Christmases past. You can even tour the inside of the historic home with certain ticket packages. This event is on December 1st, 2nd, 8th, and 9th. While it is currently sold out, keep an eye out on their Facebook page in case more dates are added. If not, be on the lookout for next year’s tickets – you wouldn’t want to miss out on this magical night!
The heritage section of campus becomes a sparkling winter wonderland at Winterfest. With over 3,000 luminaries lighting up campus, take a stroll while enjoying caroling from Lindenwood’s acapella group, make holiday crafts, get a family photo taken in a real sleigh, meet Santa, and more family fun. The Christmas spirit comes alive at Lindenwood University on December 3rd from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.