Garden Glow at Missouri Botanical Gardens

Blue, Green, Red, and Gold lights decorating trees at Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Greenhouse dome decorated in holiday lights at Garden Glow at Missouri Botanical Gardens

The Missouri Botanical Gardens presents Garden Glow every night from November 18 to January 6th to enhance your holiday festivities. 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 ensure you see all of the displays. Remember to button up because this walking tour will probably take you and your family a couple of hours to get through.

Blue, Green, Red, and Gold lights decorating trees at Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden

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, ensure you purchase advance tickets; tickets vary in price based on whether you are a member or not and have a timed entry.  Missouri Botanical Gardens does great with the displays, even in the parking lots. I love the twinkling lights set in the trees to look like rain/snow falling.

White Holiday lights as trees and bushes at Garden Glow at Missouri Botanical Gardens

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, directing 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.

Blue, Green, Red, and Gold lights decorating trees at Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Holiday lights as trees and bushes at Garden Glow at Missouri Botanical Gardens
Blue, Green, and Purple lights decorating trees at Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Musical Garden Glow Extravaganza

The center pond has 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 were 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.

Center pond with balls & trees decoarated with lights at Garden Glow at Missouri Botanical Gardens

Plenty of kid activities were located throughout the garden to keep the children occupied. My niece and nephew enjoyed decorating the snowman.

Children decorating snowman at Garden Glow at Missouri Botanical Gardens

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.

Red lights decorating a tunnel at Garden Glow at Missouri Botanical Gardens

Happy Holidays!

Selfie taken at Garden Glow at Missouri Botanical Gardens

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!

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