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Way of Lights in Belleville, Illinois


Way of Lights in Belleville, Illinois
Courtesy of Our Lady of the Shows Shrine

The Way of Lights at Our Lady of the Snows Shrine is Belleville is different from the many other Christmas light displays in the St. Louis area. First, admission to drive through the display is free! Second, the Way of Lights focuses on the telling the story of Jesus' birth, not secular holiday tales like Frosty and Rudolph.

For information on other light displays in the area, check out St. Louis' Best Christmas Light Displays.

Dates and Times:

The Way of Lights opens every year the Friday before Thanksgiving and closes in early January. The Way of Lights is open from Friday, November 22, 3013, to Friday, January 3, 2014. The Way of Lights is open daily from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday nights are family nights with special events and discounts in the Shrine restaurant and gift shop.
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Admission Fees:

The cost to drive through the display is: free for everyone. Donations are accepted as visitors leave the Shrine. Everyone who donates at least $12 gets a plush stuffed animal toy as a gift.

More Than Lights:

With more than a million twinkling lights, the drive through display is the big draw, but there are other things to do at the Way of Lights as well. There is a laser light show about the birth of Jesus. Admission to the show is $3 a person. Kids will also like the animal rides and petting zoo. Admission to the zoo and rides is $5 a person. You can save $1 on the admission to both the laser show and rides on Family Night Tuesdays.

The Shrine restaurant and gift shop are also open nightly until 9 p.m. (except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). On Family Night Tuesdays, get 15% discounts in the Shrine gift shop.

Getting There:

The Way of Lights is located about 20 minutes from downtown St. Louis at Our Lady of the Snows Shrine in Belleville, Illinois. To get to the Shrine take I-255 to exit 17A (IL Highway 15 east). Then, go about one mile down Highway 15 and the entrance to the Shrine will be on the right side. The address is 442 South DeMazenod Drive.

Other Holiday Events:

The Way of Lights is one of the many holiday events and activities in St. Louis every year. For ideas on other ways to enjoy the season, check out Top Holiday Events in the St. Louis Area. For those of you who don't want to spend any more money, see The Best Free Holiday Celebrations in St. Louis. And, don't forget about New Year's Eve. Before you make plans, see 25 Ways to Celebrate New Year's Eve in St. Louis.

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