Celebration of Lights

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November 25 – December 30, 2016

Celebration of Lights is a holiday light display held at Fort Zumwalt Park. Each scene is designed and funded by local organizations, churches and businesses. Started in 1991, the event attracts more than 10,000 vehicles each year and more than 10,000 individuals during the Old-Fashioned Holiday Stroll.

Drive-through, no reservations needed:

  • Sunday, Tuesday through Thursday (except Tuesday, December 13), 6 – 9 p.m. 
  • Friday and Saturday:  6–10 p.m.
  • Mondays:  Closed to vehicle traffic – Train, Wagon and Sleigh-hayrides by advance reservation only (see below)

Admission: $10 for cars; $15 for commercial vans and limousines; $1 per person on tour buses ($25 minimum)

  • Tuesday Night Special - $7 for all non-commercial vehicles
  • Wednesday – Sunday, bring a food pantry donation of canned or boxed goods and get a $1 discount per vehicle.
  • Please note, Celebration of Lights is closed on Christmas Day, December 25.

Special Rides

Reservations are required for each of these rides.

Carriage Rides (Horse-drawn surrey and wagonette) SOLD OUT FOR 2016 

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, except December 25. Rides must be reserved in advance. Contact the Carousel Farms and Carriage Company at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 636-390-4403. Rides last approximately 30 minutes.

  • Private wagonettes are $150 for up to 12 passengers.
  • Community wagons are $10 per passenger up to 12 passengers; passengers may be seated with other parties.
  • Children age 4 and under ride free if seated on a paying adult’s lap.
  • Call to ask about same-day community rides (subject to available space).
  • There are no wagon rides on Mondays or at the Old-Fashioned Holiday Stroll on December 12 and 13.

Rides are approximately 30 minutes. Riders are encouraged to bring blankets for extra warmth. Snacks and drinks are permitted on wagons, only. 

A credit card is required to hold your reservation; however you may pay by cash, check or credit card. 12 hours cancellation notice is required. If you do not show for your reservation, your credit card will be charged. Prices do not include gratuity for your driver. 

Train Rides

Mondays in December only (except December 12). Time slots include 6:15, 6:45, 7:15, 7:45 and 8:15 p.m. Reservations are required. To schedule your ride, call 636-379-5606 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Admission: Adults – $10; children (ages 1–11) - $5; Under 1 – Free

Rides are approximately 20 minutes. Riders are encouraged to bring blankets for extra warmth.

Sleigh-Hayrides

Tuesday – Thursday, except December 13. Time slots each night: 6 and 7 p.m. Advance reservations are required. To schedule your ride, call 636-379-5606 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Admission: $100 for groups of 25 (including children seated on your lap)

Rides are approximately 25 minutes. Riders are encouraged to bring blankets for warmth.


Old-Fashioned Holiday Stroll

Walk-through night at Celebration of Lights

Monday, December 12, and Tuesday, December 13, 6–9 p.m.

  • Admission: $3 per person; Ages 2 and under are free
  • Parking with free shuttle service to the Holiday Stroll: First Baptist Church of O’Fallon, 8750 Veterans Memorial Parkway; O’Fallon Christian Church, 9380 Veterans Memorial Parkway.
  • 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.
  • Rides will not be available this night. 
  • The event is held rain or shine!

Visitors may walk along the illuminated route and enjoy holiday music, visit with Santa, fireworks and booths filled with holiday crafts, gifts and festival food. Fireworks at 7:25 p.m.


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