With limited dates available and a requirement to book at least two weeks in advance, now is the best time to reserve space for you and your family on City Train rides and Sleighrides through O’Fallon’s Celebration of Lights in Fort Zumwalt Park.
Opening at 6 p.m. on the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 23, the park will be aglow with thousands of lights shining along one-mile drive, merry holiday scenes and inspiring nativities. This year’s display includes everyone’s favorite, the Tunnel of Lights, and new scenes including a castle with Beauty & the Beast characters and a Christmas Vacation scene.
The Celebration of Lights will continue nightly through December 30 (except on Christmas, December 25), offering a variety of ways to tour the park on different days and with varying admission costs.
City Train rides will be available for reservations on select Mondays: November 26, December 3 and December 17. The cost is $10 per person for ages 12 and up, $5 for ages 1-11 and free for infants. Rides can be booked by calling 636-379-5606 with a credit card, or in-person with cash or check. For more information, email email@example.com.
Sleighrides can be booked in advance on Tuesdays (except December 11), Wednesdays and Thursdays; the cost is $100 for groups of 20, including children seated on laps. Rides can be booked by calling 636-379-5606 with a credit card, or reserved in-person with cash or check. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Horse-drawn rides, which also must be reserved in advance, can be booked for any evening except on Mondays or on Tuesday, December 11 or 25 (Christmas). The cost varies; for reservations contact Brookdale Farms at www.brookdalefarmsinc.com/celebration-of-lights or 636-938-1005.
Drive through the park in your own vehicle with no reservations needed. The drive-through will be open from 6–9 p.m. on Sundays, Tuesdays (except on December 11 and 25), Wednesdays and Thursdays, and from 6-10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is $10/car, $15/commercial vans and limousines, and $1/person on tour buses ($25 minimum).
The Old-Fashioned Holiday Stroll is open to pedestrians only. This special walk-through of the Celebration of Lights will be heldfrom 6 – 8:30 p.m. on Monday, December 10, and Tuesday, December 11. Listen to caroling, see Santa and live reindeer, tour the St. Charles Model Railroad display, watch fireworks and purchase food and beverages. Free parking and shuttles will be available.
Admission at the gate is $5 per person for ages 3 and up. No reservations are needed but visitors are encouraged to avoid the line at the gate and save money by purchasing wristbands in advance, November 12 – December 7. The cost is $3 per person (ages 3+). Wristbands will be sold at the Renaud Spirit Center (636-474-2732) and Parks and Recreation Administration Office (636-474-5606).
The Celebration of Lights is sponsored by the City of O’Fallon with the assistance of local businesses and civic organizations. A portion of the proceeds goes to locally-based charities. For more information, visit www.ofallon.mo.us/celebration-of-lights.