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Paul’s Picks This Holiday Weekend


The Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade is 8:45am Thursday morning in Downtown St. Louis.

Macy’s Festival of Lights is at Kiener Plaza in Downtown St. Louis.

The Way of Lights at The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville is open 5 to 9pm through December 31st.

The Winter Wonderland of Lights in Lebanon is open 5 to 9pm through December 31st in Horner Park.

Fantasy of Lights is open through December 31st, Dusk to 11pm in Centralia’s Foundation Park.

Winter Wonderland in Tilles Park is open nightly 5:30 to 9:30pm except for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Cars are welcome Sunday through Friday, but carriage rides only on Saturday.

Santa’s Magical Kingdom is open Sunday through Thursday, from 5:30 to 10:30pm, and 5:30 to 11pm, Friday and Saturday at Jellystone Park in Eureka through January 6th.


The Historic Holiday Kick-Off at The Old Courthouse is Noon to 2pm Friday in Downtown St.Louis.

Wild Lights at the St. Louis Zoo is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5:30 to 8:30pm through December 23rd. It will be open daily starting December 26th through December 30th.

Christmas Wonderland at Rock Spring Park in Alton is open Monday through Friday from 6 to 9pm, and 5 to 9pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Celebration of Lights at Fort Zumwalt Park in O’Fallon, Missouri is open Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 to 9pm, and 5 to 9pm Friday and Saturday through December 30th.

Holiday Night Lights at Rotary Park in Wentzville is open Thursday through Sunday nights 6 to 10pm through December 9th. From December 13th through December 30th it is open Daily from 6 to 10pm except Christmas Day.

Visit Carlyle for Christmas Lights in the City Park throughout The Christmas Season.

The Santa Claus Parade in Downtown Belleville is 10am Friday morning with The Lighting of The Fountain on the Square at 6pm.

The Lighted Christmas Parade and The Lighting of The Downtown Square is 6:30 Friday night in Highland.

It’s Holiday Magic for the entire Family Friday through Sunday at America’s Center in Downtown St. Louis.

An Art and Craft Fair is Friday through Sunday at The Belle Clair Fairgrounds in Belleville.

Fall Indian Market Days is Friday through Sunday at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Collinsville.

A Gun and Knife Show is Friday through Sunday at The Machinist’s Hall in Bridgeton.


A Lighted Christmas Parade and Fireworks is 6pm Saturday night in Breese.

The Illuminated Christmas Parade is 6pm Saturday night in Downtown O’Fallon, Illinois.

Sparta’s Lighted Parade is 6pm Saturday night, plus visit The Lighted Winter Wonderland through December 22nd in Sparta, Illinois.

The Great American Train Show is this weekend at The Gateway Center in Collinsville.


Visit The Holiday Light Extravaganza through December 31st at The American Farm Heritage Museum in Greenville.

A Christmas Walk is Sunday in Waterloo.

Columbia’s Christmas Cruise is Sunday on Main Street in Columbia Illinois.