Ongoing Holiday Events - The Middle Mississippi River Valley

From the weekend after Thanksgiving through the week after Christmas, the Middle Mississippi River Valley hosts a number of holiday events to celebrate the season. Communities such as Keokuk, Quincy, Alton, O’Fallon, and St. Louis create dazzling holiday light displays in public parks. Historical and cultural intuitions bedeck their sites with unique holiday decorations. Other communities like St. Charles hold special events throughout the season.




Belleville’s Gingerbread Walk
November 20, 2019 - January 1, 2020
Belleville, Illinois

Belleville's Gingerbread Walk is a self-guided tour through downtown where you can explore the art of many area residents who took the time to plan, create, and build award-winning gingerbread creations. There are entries from people in every age group: Some are elaborate, some are simple, and all are special. These gingerbread creations are displayed in downtown merchant windows starting at the Square on East and West Main Streets.


Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park
November 22, 2019 - January 2, 2020
Ladue, Missouri

St. Louis County Parks celebrates its annual Winter Wonderland that is created and designed by St. Louis County Parks employees. A drive through Tilles County Park reveals a winter wonderland decorated with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights and holiday displays. Horse-drawn carriage rides are available most nights.


Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show
November 23, 2019 - January 1, 2020
St. Louis, Missouri

The annual Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show delights visitors of all ages with G-scale trains of many eras traveling along 900 feet of track through a miniature holiday landscape made up of festive decorations and thousands of fresh plants, accented by beautiful poinsettias and flowers.


Garden Glow
November 23, 2019 - January 4, 2020
St. Louis, Missouri

Visitors will have the opportunity to stroll through the Garden at night surrounded by a spectacle of unique light installations. Hundreds of thousands of lights will adorn some of the Garden’s most iconic locations including the Climatron®, Kaeser Memorial Maze, the Central Axis and Tower Grove House. Walkways will be transformed into an explosion of visual magic, while more traditional displays will delight crowds of all ages.


Lights Of The Delta
November 25 - December 27, 2019
Blytheville, Arkansas

Mississippi County has been the place to go in the Mid-South for Christmas lights. The annual 'Lights of the Delta' display is the largest not only in the State of Arkansas, but in the Mid-South. With more than 30 motion displays and a total of six million lights on a 40-acre old air force base, it's earned some national recognition. One of the popular features is to see the display on a hayride.


City of Christmas
November 28 - December 26, 2019
Keokuk, Iowa

Old favorites and new additions are part of City of Christmas that features approximately 100 displays and nearly one million lights. Visitors to the display will be able to tune into the “Voice of City of Christmas” at 90.1 on their FM radio dial as they near Rand Park and to listen to holiday carols and hear the story of City of Christmas and comments about the various displays as they travel through the myriad of lights and displays.


Belleville’s Chriskindlmarkt
November 29 - December 23, 2019
Belleville, Illinois

Recently, Chriskindlmarkt’s have begun to flourish throughout the United States. These open-air Christmas festivals are based on cherished Bavarian traditions. Belleville bases its version on its strong German heritage and will feature European vendors and traditional German food and refreshments. Vendors will operate in individual wooden chalets and offer German lace, hand-blown glass ornaments, amber jewelry, nesting dolls, and much more. The festival will also include a Children’s lantern parade around the historic square on Friday nights, cultural activities, arts, crafts, music and dancing. Stop by and see all that Main Street Belleville has to offer.


Saint Charles' Christmas Traditions
November 29 - December 24, 2019
St. Charles, Missouri

St. Charles celebrates the holidays with festivities that include caroling, chestnut roasting, authentically costumed Santas from around the world, and a Santa Parade each weekend. Visitors will find candlelight shopping and dining Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings as the shops and restaurants on South Main Street stay open until 9 pm as well as special activities beginning at 6:30 pm.


Celebration of Lights
November 29 - December 30, 2019
O'Fallon, Missouri

A tradition since 1991, the City of O'Fallon presents a drive-through dazzling holiday one mile display of over one million lights depicting holiday scenes. Each scene is designed and funded by local organizations, churches and businesses.


Saint Louis Zoo Wild Lights
Select Days: November 29 - December 30, 2019
St. Louis, Missouri

The Saint Louis Zoo celebrates the holiday season with Saint Louis Zoo Wild Lights. The annual Christmas light display is a fun way for families to enjoy the beauty and spirit of the season. During Wild Lights, the Zoo is decorated with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights to create a winter wonderland. Popular exhibits like the Hoessle Herpetarium and the Insectarium are also open.


99 Bucks…Or Less Holiday Art Sale & Exhibit
November 30 - December 21, 2019
Hannibal Arts Council
Hannibal, Missouri

Everyone is encouraged to support local artists and stop by the Hannibal Arts Council and other downtown galleries and specialty shops to find a unique one-of-a-kind holiday gift for someone, or for yourself. This show features the work of a variety of artists, and each piece of artwork is priced at between $1 and $99. Items for sale typically include anything from original paintings, prints, and photographs, to wearable items, jewelry, ornaments and three dimensional works.


Christmas Wonderland
Weekends: November 30 - December 29, 2019
Alton, Illinois

Begin your holiday celebration escaping from the chaos of the season and experiencing the enchantment of Christmas at the "Christmas Wonderland" holiday light display. The "Grandpa Gang" has been at it again transforming Rock Springs Park into a Winter Wonderland. Visitors can drive through the park to view more than 2 million lights, cascading waterfalls of lights, lighted trees and displays, and take your child's photo with Santa Claus in the Enchanted Forest.


Parade of Lights Float Display
November 30, 2019 - January 1, 2020
Fort Madison, Iowa

Since 1990 groups in Fort Madison have been building lighted floats and organizing the Parade of Lights in November. Following the parade, the lighted floats are on display in Riverview Park through the end of December.

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