Celebrate the Holidays at the Garden

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 more than one million lights transform iconic locations throughout the grounds into a winter wonderland at the expanded 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 17 to January 1
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.

Victorian Christmas at Tower Grove House

Holiday decorations inside Tower Grove House

November 17 to December 30
View the 19th century country home of Garden founder Henry Shaw decorated for the holidays with wreaths, garland, floral centerpieces, greenery and a holiday tree.
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Holiday Wreath Auction

Holiday wreath display

November 16 to January 1

Elaborate holiday creations by the region’s most talented floral designers deck the walls of the Ridgway Visitor Center. Bid on your favorite and support the Garden!
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Garden Glow

Twinkling Tunnel

November 17 to January 1
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 Trimmings at the Kemper Center

Tree trimmings at Kemper Center

December 1 to January 1
Enjoy a cozy reprieve from the wintery weather throughout December and marvel at the 12-foot tall balsam fir tree naturally decorated with hand-crafted “gourdaments” and gourd birdhouses made by Missouri Botanical Garden staff and volunteers.  
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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

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

Share the Garden with your friends and family this holiday season with gift cards that can be redeemed for admission, food and beverages, Garden memberships, merchandise, classes and more! 

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Victorian Christmas at Tower Grove House

See Tower Grove House transformed for the holidays.

Holiday Event Calendar

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