These jolly drive-through displays allow you to enjoy all the twinkle from the safety of your car.
A holiday light display sparkles like no other winter activity, and this year—from the comfort (and safety) of your vehicle—you and your family can enjoy twinkling lights for a festive evening out. Top it off with a hot chocolate or another treat for the ride home. Here’s a list of 15 drive-through light displays to illuminate the season.
1. Lights of the Delta, Blytheville. One of the largest displays in the Mid-South region, Lights of the Delta features more than six million lights and nearly 50 motion displays. The 1.5-mile route is located on 40 acres of the former Ecker Air Force Base (1405 Airbase Highway). Lights of the Delta will operate from Nov. 23 through Dec. 27. Admission: $10 for vehicles (up to 12 people) to $50 (full-size bus). Check the website for hayride information. Hours: 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday–Thursday; 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. lightsofthedelta.com
2. Christmas Wonderland, Alton. An army of volunteers known as the Grandpa Gang decorates Rock Spring Park (2116 College Ave.) with millions of colorful lights for this annual display that will be seen beginning Nov. 27 through Dec. 27. Hours: 6 to 9 p.m. Monday–Friday; 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; no walk-through event on Nov. 30; no visits with Santa. Suggested donation: $7 per car; buses and trolleys, $1 per passenger. riversandroutes.com
3. Way of Lights, Belleville. For more than 50 years, this display has celebrated Christmas at the national Shrine of Our Lady of the Shows (442 S. DeMazenod Drive) featuring life-sized statues among the more than one million lights. The display runs nightly from 5 to 9 p.m. from Nov. 20 to Dec. 31. Indoor activities and exhibits closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas, as well as New Year’s Day. This year, Girls Day out is virtual, as is the Way of Lights Run. Drive-through donations accepted. snows.org