Garden Glow at Missouri Botanical Garden

Christmastime has arrived! I don’t know about you, but we are fascinated with discovering unique places to visit to get in the holiday spirit. The St. Louis Garden Glow with its million lights and festive installations seemed to do the trick. The Missouri Botanical Garden – one of our favorite U.S. botanical gardens by the way – is transformed into a glowing winter wonderland during the end of November and the month of December.

St Louis Garden Glow
Garden Glow – Missouri Botanical Garden

It was our first time visiting during the Garden Glow. Although it was a brisk Monday night, we were dressed for the occasion so the frigid temps did not bother us at all. We enjoyed the illuminated walk while listening to joyful and merry music. Happily on our way to making our spirits bright!

Garden Glow
Garden Glow – Missouri Botanical Garden

The one-way path through the garden is just over a mile long. Greeting us almost immediately was the Blizzard Bar. What better way to warm up but from the inside out, right? We didn’t indulge in a drink this time since it would get in the way with us taking pictures. I like that it was an option though.

St Louis Garden Glow
Garden Glow – Missouri Botanical Garden

We continued on our way through balls of light, lantern row, the twinkling tunnel, and even raced through a radiating maze.

Garden Glow
Christmas in St. Louis
St Louis Garden Glow
Garden Glow – Missouri Botanical Garden
Christmas in St. Louis
Garden Glow – Missouri Botanical Garden

Concessions are set up throughout the botanical garden that offer refreshments, hot chocolate, kettle corn, hot dogs, and other snacks. The garden even has open fires where you can toast your own marshmallows.

St Louis Garden Glow
Garden Glow – Missouri Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden was once the garden and country estate of a prominent local businessman, Henry Shaw. Opened in 1859, it is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the United States. The Tower Grove House, where Shaw lived, is open to the public and decked out with holiday decorations. We warmed up with a short self-guided tour inside.

Looking for other holiday ideas in St Louis? Check out Anheuser-Busch’s spectacular display here.

Tower Grove House
Garden Glow – Missouri Botanical Garden

Christmas in St. Louis

Walking through the Garden Glow at Missouri Botanical Garden was just the right thing to kick start the holiday season. Read below for tips when you visit.

Unique Places to Stay Near Missouri Botanical Garden

Tips for Visiting St. Louis Garden Glow

  • Address: 4344 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Go on a weekday right at opening for discounted ticket prices and to avoid crowds.
  • If you cannot make it on a weekday, purchase tickets online beforehand.
  • Avoid family night (discounted tickets for children) if you do not have kids.
  • Free parking lot attached to the garden.
  • Dress warm. Although there are some parts indoors, the majority is outdoors.
  • Selfie sticks are not permitted.
Christmas in St. Louis
Garden Glow – Missouri Botanical Garden

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The St. Louis Garden Glow at Missouri Botanical Garden has a million twinkling lights and multiple festive installations to get in the holiday spirit!

11 Responses

  1. Chris Travels

    Those photos are tuly gorgeous…a winter wonderland for sure! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Lara Dunning

    I love holiday light displays and history so I would totally be into this. I’d get a drink and make the hubs hold it while I took pictures. ;)Thanks for sharing!

  3. Arvin

    With all the beautiful Lights and decorations Christmastime is the best time of the year, Beautiful Photos. Thanks for the Unique Places to Stay info and Tips for Visiting St. Louis Garden Glow.

  4. Nathan

    How cool! I’ve never heard of this but we have something similar where I’m from in Oklahoma City. I would love to visit this one to see how they compare.

  5. Lily Travella

    Stunning photos! How festive and pretty. The holiday season may be over now, but this made me feel excited about it all again.

  6. Diana - MVMT Blog

    What an awesome attraction! I would definitely like to visit sometime. The Blizzard Bar looks like my kind of place to hang out at too – all that walking would make me parched 😉

  7. Gokul Raj

    It must have felt like walking through a magical land. Such a lively place to be. And thanks for the tips at the end.

  8. Theresa

    Yes! I love light shows! You got some great photos of absolutely beautiful lights. (And I think the “no selfie sticks” rule is hilarious).

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