5 Places to View Holiday Lights

Take a drive to see some holiday sparkle tonight.

Nothing says Happy Holiday’s like your neighborhood ablaze with twinkle lights, a herd of aluminum reindeer frozen to the yard and a giant plastic Santa waving from inside an inflated snow globe on the corner. Patch recently took a drive through Fenton to see how festive we’re feeling this holiday season. Judging by the yards of lights festooning many homes this year, we think much of Fenton is feeling quite jolly right now.

So fill a travel-safe mug with a cup of cocoa, tune your radio to that station that’s been playing Christmas music since October and take a drive around the neighborhood tonight. It’s a great way to soak up some holiday spirit without spending any dough.

Drive though your neighborhood: Sure, you’ve noticed the neighbors have been busying stringing lights, but have you really looked at them? Take an after dinner drive to really view the local lights. Be sure to check out streets facing higher traffic areas or near schools—people with an audience have more reason to put on a show.

Visit City Hall: has dressed up their trees and the clock tower. Don’t just look at it while zooming down Hwy 141, go ahead and pull into the parking lot.

Do the I-44 Corridor of Lights: Local companies facing Interstate 44 have a tradition of lighting up their landscaping in a big way. Instead of catching a blur of twinkle from the corner of your eye as you navigate highway traffic, get a little closer. Take South Highway Drive east until it turns into Rudder, turn left at Yarnell Road (going underneath Hwy 44) then left on Soccer Park Road. Continue on North Highway Drive all the way to Hwy 141. This will let you see , lighted construction vehicles and the many lit trees of , all while driving a bit slower and without traffic.

See a Professional Show: There are a few really good professional light displays in the metro area if you’re hungry for more. The closest to home is Eureka’s Santa’s Magical Kingdom next to Six Flags, which charges $19 per car. Bellville’s Way of Lights is farther, but free (unless you want to donate $10 for the plush goat). There’s also St. Louis County Park’s Winter Wonderland in Tilles Park, which is only $9 to drive through but closed to car traffic on Saturdays.

Go Semi-Pro: If you’re heading to Tilles Park anyway, swing by “Geoff’s Christmas Lights and Garden Railroad.” This amazing synchronized-to-music light show is on one man’s yard on McKinley Ave. If you go, bring a can of food for his collection or a donation for Backstoppers.

On your tour of holiday festoonery, you may even run across a home that can win $100,000 for local schools as part vof ther Patch Deck the House contest. And if Clark Griswold is your neighbor, be sure to tell him about the contest so he can submit photos of his holiday handiwork.


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