The holiday season brings magic to Missouri, where a variety of festivals and events featuring everything from parades and lights to shopping and food take center stage.
With more than 100 events in the next several weeks, the Show-Me State has an array of holiday activities to keep you busy from now until Jolly Old St. Nick arrives – and beyond.
Read on to learn more about the fun experiences waiting for you in Missouri this holiday season.
Light up the night
Light shows are a big part of the holidays, and Missouri’s light-centric events, drive-thru light parks and attractions – such as Branson’s Silver Dollar City, which features more than five million lights and 1,000 decorated trees during the An Old Time Christmas festival running through Dec. 30 – are enough to make even Clark W. Griswold jealous.
The Enchanted Village of Lights in Laurie is the Lake of the Ozarks area’s largest drive-thru holiday light park, covering some 27 acres on the Laurie Fairgrounds. Celebrating its 22nd year, the Enchanted Village of Lights runs 5-9 p.m. weekdays and 5-10 p.m. on weekends, now thru Jan. 2, 2016.