Missouri Botanical Garden Glow

It’s officially the season of twinkling lights and hot cocoa. At the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, it’s also the season of kettle corn and roasted marshmallows, Christmas-light-covered hedge mazes and magical mistletoe photo ops, lit Christmas tree forests and a singing dance-party to pull it all together.


Photo by Daniel Doelling.
Photo by Daniel Doelling.

Garden Glow, aka the most wonderful walk-through winter wonderland light display, at the Missouri Botanical Gardens makes you forget about the dropping temperatures and gets you and your family into the holiday spirit.

gardenglow2photo (3)Since Garden Glow is a walk-through interactive light display, you enjoy everything at your own pace. Get out your cameras and make yourself known on Instagram (#GardenGlow) because there are so many ways to showcase Garden Glow’s creativity. As you make your way to the back of the garden, you run into different interactive attractions. Decorate some snowmen and snap a picture in the “Glowman Glen” or sing and dance at the “Snow Ball.” The magical “Labyrinth of Lights” makes weaving through the famous garden mazes even more fun at night.

As you make it toward the “Candlelight Village,” you’re greeted by the sweet and smoky smell of marshmallows roasting over open fire pits. Make sure you grab a ’smores kit so you can join in on the fun while thousands of tiny lights twinkle all around you. Don’t miss the holiday tour through the Tower Grove House, the Italianate influenced country mansion of Henry Shaw. On your way out, make sure to stop for a romantic winter kiss among the lights (there’s mistletoe there in case you need an excuse).

Garden Glow is open Wednesday through Sunday evenings starting at 5:30 p.m. through December 18; it’s open nightly from December 19- January 3. You probably should get your tickets in advance, because these nights do sell out, especially on weekends. However, you can buy tickets on-site. Visit Garden Glow’s website for times and prices.

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