Avoid the wait at the gate by purchasing admission wristbands in advance for the Old-Fashioned Holiday Stroll on Monday and Tuesday, December 11 and 12 at Fort Zumwalt Park.
On these two special nights from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., colorful lights will be twinkling in the forest and illuminating a one-mile drive lined with whimsical holiday scenes featuring favorite movie and storyland characters, inspiring nativities, and more. Along the way, carolers fill the air with music, Santa Land will be open and fireworks will burst over Lake Whetsel at 7:25 p.m. Visitors also can:
- Step into the historic Heald Home to warm up and see the holiday decorations
- Visit the St. Charles Model Railroad Club’s display of working model trains rolling past miniature city and country landscapes. www.stcharlesrailroadclub.org
The cost is $3 for ages 3 and up, and free for younger children. Wristbands can be purchased through Friday, December 8, or until supplies last at the Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 400 Civic Park Drive (across the street from Civic Park). Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information call 636-379-6514.
Pedestrians are welcome to bring strollers, wagons, walkers and wheelchairs, but no pets or dogs (except service dogs), motorized hoverboards, kids’ scooters, bikes or skateboards will be allowed. Free parking and shuttle service is available from the First Baptist Church, 8750 Veterans Memorial Parkway and O’Fallon Christian Church, 9380 Veterans Memorial Parkway.