Celebrate the Holidays at the Garden
Garden Glow

The Garden is sharing the spirit of the season with an abundance of festivities sure to create lasting memories for your family. See the Garden like never before as hundreds of thousands lights transform iconic locations throughout the grounds into a winter wonderland at the expanded second annual Garden Glow. Enjoy the return of the colorful Gardenland Express holiday flower and train show, Christmas carols and visits with Santa, resplendent holiday décor, traditional Chanukah and Kwanzaa celebrations and more.

Gardenland Express

Gardenland Express
November 21 to January 3
The Garden's annual holiday flower and train show delights visitors of all ages with G-scale trains of many eras traveling through a festive holiday landscape.
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Holiday Traditions


Enjoy Saturday with Santa, experience a traditional Jewish Chanukah celebration and commemorate Kwanzaa with festive activities for all ages.
Garden Glow

Twinkling Tunnel
November 21 to January 2
Stroll the Garden at night surrounded by unique lighting installations throughout the grounds and enjoy food, drinks and live holiday entertainment.
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Holiday Events at the Butterfly House

The Garden isn't the only place to surround yourself with the colors of the holiday season...

Winter Jewels

Escape the cold and experience Winter Jewels at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House! Go on a treasure hunt through our Animal Exhibit Hall, discover fairies in our Tropical Conservatory, and new friends in the Gnome Forest.
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Supper With Santa

Enjoy a delicious pasta dinner, then warm up and take a night stroll through the Tropical Conservatory, and visit Santa’s Workshop to make fun crafts. Complete the evening by taking a keepsake photo with Santa.
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From the President's Kitchen: Holiday Biodiversity Cake

As part of the Garden's yearlong Foodology celebration, Garden President Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson shares an old family fruitcake recipe that highlights the wealth of plant life we rely on to produce delicious food.

Give the Gift of the Garden!

Decking the Halls at Tower
Grove House

See Tower Grove House transformed for the holidays in these behind-the-scenes images.
Holiday Event Calendar

November 3, 2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden > Ridgway Visitor Center > Shoenberg Theater
November 19, 2016 - January 1, 2017
Missouri Botanical Garden > Ridgway Visitor Center > Monsanto Hall
December 3, 2016
8:00 am - 10:30 am
Missouri Botanical Garden > Ridgway Visitor Center > Monsanto Hall
December 18, 2016
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden > Ridgway Visitor Center