Most Fridays I put together a list of open houses, but this time of year there are simply less open houses to write about. That’s ok, because there’s something else to get you out and about and enjoying this great city and region: Holiday Lights! I’ve found a couple of great hints around the internet to share here, but your best bet is to get out and about and go on a light hunting adventure of your own.
StLouis.About.com tells us, “Go a little wild this holiday season with Wild Lights at the St. Louis Zoo. If you’ve never been to the zoo on a winter evening, this is a real treat. Walk through the exhibits as they come alive with more than 500,000 lights (see pictures of the display). Kids can hear holiday stories and adults can do a little shopping at the Holiday Zootique. Wild Lights is open from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $4 for Zoo members and $5 for non-members. Children under two get in free. There is also free parking at the Zoo’s South Lot.” Open daily now through Dec 30!
Again, StLouis.About.com writes, “For 27 years, employees with the St. Louis County Parks Department have turned Tilles Park into a Winter Wonderland. You can drive through the display, but the best way to see the lights is by horse-drawn carriage. Winter Wonderland is open daily from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., except for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Cars are welcome Sunday through Friday, but Saturdays are reserved for carriage rides. Admission is $10 per car. Tickets for carriage rides are available through MetroTix, and vary depending on the size of the carriage.”
An RFT article from last year wrote of the 6500 block of Murdoch, also known as Candy Cane lane, ” it’s expected that if you live on the street, you decorate your house for Christmas. This year  only two homeowners on the block are playing the role of Scrooge, their darkened houses standing out like shuttered casinos on the Las Vegas strip.” The same article quoted a neighborhood resident as saying one can expect bumper to bumper traffic from dusk until 10:30pm on a Friday evening – so plan to take a warm drink and some holiday cookies while you crawl along candy cane lane!
Although this isn’t an open house blog, the moral of the story is the same – get out and get to know this terrific community called St Louis. There’s beauty everywhere in this town – you just have to get out and look!