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November 18–January 6

Closed December 24–25

Celebrate the holiday season at the most spectacular holiday lights experience in the St. Louis area

Featuring nearly two million dazzling lights, Garden Glow transforms the iconic setting of the Missouri Botanical Garden into an enchanted wonderland rich with mesmerizing displays and unforgettable moments.   

Dates and Hours

November 18–December 14 | 5–9:30 p.m. (last entry at 8:30 p.m.)
December 15–January 1 | 4:30 –10 p.m. (last entry at 9:15 p.m.)
January 2–January 6 | 5–9:30 p.m. (last entry at 8:30 p.m.)

Garden Glow entry is timed and admission varies by date. See below for more information. 

Garden Glow is a rain or snow event. In case of inclement weather cancellation by the Garden, simply present your tickets upon entry to any remaining Garden Glow date;  no additional action is required.

Presented by  Wells Fargo logo

Additional sponsorship provided by

The H-J Family of Companies

Lelia J. and David N. Farr

Amundsen Davis LLP
The Boeing Company
JiaMin and Michael Dierberg
Elizabeth Green
David and Kathy Hollo

Clayton Financial Group
Commerce Bank


Group Sales

Parties with 15–25 adult guests are eligible for group rates via online purchase.** No promo code needed! Discounts automatically applied at check out. 

Groups with 25 or more adult guests are eligible for group services.* Contact Group Sales for more information.

*Minimum purchase of full price, public adult tickets required. Group rates and discounts cannot be combined with other offers or price points including: Garden membership benefits, Family Nights, or child tickets. **Offer only available through online purchase. Tickets are non-refundable.


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Extra Magic

Add even more holiday cheer to your Garden Glow experience with these add-on options available when purchasing your advance tickets. 

Dine and Glow

Add a dining package to your advance ticket purchase and enjoy dinner at our restaurant, Sassafras (view menu). Packages are $18 per adult, $9 per child, and include one entree and fountain beverage.

Private Fire Pit Rentals

Warm up with up to 20 of your friends and family members at your own reserved fire pit. Rentals valid from 5–7 p.m. and include s'mores and hot cocoa. Advance purchase and Garden Glow admission required. 


Enjoy a variety of snacks and beverages throughout your visit at the following locations along the Garden Glow path:

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Family Nights


Children's admission (ages 3–12) is just $5 Wednesdays November 22–December 13!


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Meet Santa

Mondays and Tuesdays November 20–December 12 

Get your photo with Santa Claus amid the sparkling wonderland of Garden Glow. Included with Garden Glow admission.


Know Before You Glow


Accessible parking is located on either side of the Garden’s main parking lot. Please call our hospitality line at (314) 327-6390 upon arrival if you require assistance.  
Manual wheelchairs, motorized scooters, and strollers are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center.  
Wheelchair rental: free (first come, first served) 
Motorized scooter rental: $30  
Visitors must be age 18 or older and possess a valid driver's license to rent motorized scooters. 
Stroller rental: $3


General Admission

Fridays–Sundays, November 18–December 10 | Nightly December 15–January 6
See Merry and Bright Bargain Nights section below for weeknight admission November 20–December 14. Closed November 23, November 27, and December 24–25.

(ages 13 & up)
(ages 3–12)
Garden member adults
(ages 13 & up)
Garden member children
(ages 3–12)





Festival-level+ members and member children (ages 12 and under)


*Six free adult or child admission per Festival membership. 

Merry and Bright Bargain Nights 

Glow early and save Mondays—Thursdays, November 20–December 14.
Closed November 23 and November 27.

(ages 13 & up)
(ages 3–12)
Garden member adults
(ages 13 & up)
Garden member children
(ages 3–12)






Festival-level+ members and member children (ages 12 and under)


*Six free adult or child admission per Festival membership. 


Advance Tickets Highly Recommended

Garden Glow is a limited-capacity event and tickets tend to sell out well in advance, especially from mid-December through January 1. We encourage visitors to secure their preferred date and entry time as early as possible.   



If the Garden cancels an event night, please hold on to your tickets and return on any night of your choosing, no exchange necessary.  Please check the Garden website and social media channels in advance for night-of event cancellations. 



Glow offers many great food and beverage options.  Sassafras Restaurant offers seated dinning from 6–8 p.m. nightly (view menu). Blizzard Bar, Central Axis concessions tent, Grandma's Hand Made Pies, Candy Cane Bar, Whisky Experience, Café Flora, and The S'more Shack all offer a variety of specialty drink and small bites to indulge on your visit around the Glow path.  


Family Nights 

On Wednesdays from November 22 through December 13, kids tickets (ages 3–12) are just $5. 


Fire Pits 

S'more roasting and warming fire pits are located at both Central Axis and Linnean Plaza.  S'more roasting kits are available for purchase at retail locations around grounds.  Please note burning wood embers and smoke will be present at the event.  VIP fire pits can be reserved in advance (72 hours minimum notice) and include hot cocoa and s'mores for up to 20 guests.   


Flashing Lights Warning 

Garden Glow features animated, flashing lights that may affect those who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy or other photosensitivity.   



The Garden Gate Shop, located inside the Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center, offers a variety of holiday gift options and garden merchandise.  Additionally, purchase light up necklaces and cups at certain locations around Garden grounds to enhance your Glow experience. 


Glow Early and Save 

Take advantage of smaller crowds and discounted pricing by visiting Garden Glow early in the holiday season during Merry and Bright Bargain Nights, Mondays–Thursdays from November 20 through December 14 (closed November 27). 


Inclement Weather Policy 

All of our events are held rain/snow or shine, except in the case of dangerous or extreme weather. In the event that there is dangerous or extreme weather, the Garden will notify guests that the event has been cancelled through the website and all of our social media channels. If the Garden cancels the event, please join us on another Glow evening and present your tickets for entry; no exchange or additional action is required. 


No Pets 

No pets allowed, please. Assistance animals (ADA service animals) are welcome at the Missouri Botanical Garden. 



Parking is available at the Missouri Botanical Garden entrance and at our two overflow lots located at the corner of Shaw Blvd. and Vandeventer Ave. View parking map > 
Please respect our neighbors and refrain from parking on residential streets or private lots. Vehicles parked on private lots are subject to towing at the vehicle owners’ expense.   


Santa Claus 

Santa is coming to Garden Glow Monday and Tuesday evenings from November 20 through December 12 (closed November 27) Make a wish and enjoy family photo ops.  


Ticket Exchange Policy 

We are happy to exchange any unused tickets up until January 7, 2024. There is a $10 fee per order for exchanges. 


Passion. Plants. People. Planet. 

The mission of the Missouri Botanical Garden is "To discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life."

Your support makes it possible for the Garden to discover and protect plant life here at home and around the world.

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Location & Parking

The Missouri Botanical Garden is easily accessible from the St. Louis metro area and conveniently located near Interstate 44.

Please respect our neighbors and refrain from parking on residential streets or private lots. Vehicles parked on private lots are subject to towing at the vehicle owners' expense.