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Date: November 1, 2021 

Contact: Missouri Botanical Garden Public Relations Dept. 

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More lights, nights at Garden Glow in 2021  


Missouri Botanical Garden 

This holiday season, visitors to the Missouri Botanical Garden can experience more Glow than ever before with more lights, and more nights, of Garden Glow. 


The Garden’s ninth annual Garden Glow presented by Wells Fargo Advisors runs nightly from November 13 to January 8. The event features more than 1 million lights, photo opportunities, food, drinks, music, traditional favorites and new experiences.  


New this year: think warm thoughts of spring as you watch 3-foot-tall lilies dance to music at the new “Springtime” installation. In the Garden’s Victorian District, bask in the glow of 100 flickering lanterns, paying homage to Christmases Past. Nearly 2,000 lights have been added near the giant snow globe, which is once again open for everyone’s favorite holiday photo opp. More lights have been added throughout the event to create the greatest Glow yet! 


Santa will visit Garden Glow November 19, 22, 23, 29, and 30 and December 6, 7, 13, and 14. 


Advanced tickets are strongly encouraged to guarantee the date/time of your choosing. Tickets range from $3 to $20. Family Nights, which include $3 children’s tickets, are Wednesday nights through Dec. 8. Masks are required for all visitors 5 and older when indoors and highly recommended outdoors. For more information, including details on enhanced safety protocols, visit


Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in Chesterfield

Escape the cold as the Butterfly House magically transforms into a colorful land with Winter Jewels. Enjoy the Tropical Conservatory filled with elaborate fairy gardens, home to the guardians of our jewel-toned butterflies. Discover nature's gems in the Chrysalis Jewel Mine, make new friends in the Gnome Forest, and meet enchanted animals throughout this colorful land. Winter Jewels is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays–Sundays from Nov. 23 to Dec. 31. The Butterfly House is closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Christmas Eve.


Santa will visit the Butterfly House on select nights for Supper with Santa. Visitors can enjoy a delicious dinner, admire butterflies in the balmy Tropical Conservatory, make crafts at Santa’s workshop, take a snapshot in the photo both, grab cookies and cocoa from Mrs. Claus’ kitchen and, of course, get a souvenir picture with the guest of honor—Santa! 


Supper with Santa takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 11, 12, 18, and 19. Advanced registration required.  



Masks/face coverings are required indoors for all guests age five and older. For more information about holiday events and health and safety protocols, visit


Shaw Nature Reserve 

Usher in the holiday season with a luminary-lit stroll through the Nature Reserve’s Whitmire Wildflower Garden. Whitmire Wonderlights offer a rare opportunity for a short, self-guided walk at the Nature Reserve on a wintery evening. Learn how to create a botanical-inspired luminary and enjoy winter delights under the starlight all while surrounded by the glow from hundreds of luminaries. 


Whitmire Wonderlights takes place from 5:30-9 p.m. on December 10-12. Registration required. Tickets are going fast, so register online today!


Masks are encouraged for all visitors. For additional health and safety information, visit


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The Missouri Botanical Garden’s mission is “to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life.” Today, 162 years after opening, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display.