To enhance your holiday festivities, the Missouri Botanical Gardens presents Garden Glow every night from late November to January 1st. This display has over a million holiday lights strung all throughout the gardens. There are paths to follow to help the flow of all the crowds and to make sure that you get to see all of the displays. Remember to button up because this is a walking tour that will probably take you and your family a couple of hours to get through.
Holiday Lights Everywhere
I would highly recommend buying tickets ahead of time. This event can and usually sells out so before you drive down here to fight all the other people for a parking space, make sure you have a ticket. Missouri Botanical Gardens does a great job with the displays even in the parking lots. I love the twinkling lights set in the trees to look like rain/snow falling.
Once you enter, you will have your choice of photo ops in the center square. I found it to be easier to wait until you are finished to get those pictures. There will be fewer people crowded around the displays. The paths are well-lit and seemed to direct the group quite well around the gardens. The displays are gorgeous with tons of Christmas trees decorated and other neat holiday light displays everywhere you look.
Musical Garden Glow Extravaganza
At the center pond, there is a fabulous display of lights and music. I thoroughly enjoyed spending some time here listening to the Christmas music and the coordinated light show. There was also several fun-filled kid activities located near the pond. Parents could stand and warm their hands by the bonfires, and the kids could throw rings at the reindeer.
There were plenty of kid activities located throughout the garden to keep the children occupied. My niece and nephew enjoyed decorating the snowman.
One of the highlights was the impressive tunnel of lights. We were at a standstill waiting to go through the tunnel. For those who chose not to wait, there was another enormous display of lights to enjoy dotting the landscape next to us. I am amazed at how the Botanical Gardens blends these lights into the displays to make them look like they are a part of the display instead of a bunch of lights strung around something.
As the year is winding down, I wanted to say I hope all of you are having a great Holiday however you celebrate it! See you next year and Happy Travels!