Lights at Anheuser-Busch Brewery and Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows

There are several places to go in or near St. Louis to see lights around the holidays. One of the first was at Anheuser-Busch holiday light display at their St. Louis Brewery located at 1200 Lynch Street. It’s free and open from Late November to early January (ending on January 4th). It’s the 29th year of lights for the brewery with a bit more than half a million lights. They offer self guided walking tours and drive through tours. My family and I did a drive through tour. It wasn’t busy and we could take our time to look at everything. (Though we went on the 25th of December) The drive through tours are allowed on Monday through Wednesday evenings and then on holiday nights until midnight. The rest of the time there are self guided walking tours with samples of beer; food and other events like photos are also available during this time for purchase.

Parking for the walking tour is located on the corner of Lynch and 12th streets and is wheel chair and stroller friendly. The entrance for drive through is on Arsenal street and turning onto 7th street, which we had some difficulty finding.


The other lights display we went to was Way of Lights at Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows which is in Illinois but only a short drive from St. Louis at 442 South Demazenod Drive, Belleville, IL 62223. In comparison to the brewery lights the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows light display was packed with a mile and a half of driving through lights in two lanes. There was little time to stop and look at lights, let alone try and take photos. The Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows has one of the largest out door shrines in North America, their way of lights starts, like the brewery from mid November and ends early January (on the 2nd) and have been going since 1970. Somewhat shortly upon entering the space you’re given a map and a chance to pull off and park. They had food, camel rides and an indoor laser show. They ask for donations towards the end and are only open from 5-9pm

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