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Festival of Lights

Friday, November 29, 2019, through Sunday, January 5, 2020
Thursdays through Sundays | 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Mark your calendars for the third annual Festival of Lights, a holiday lighting exhibition, artfully curated by Powell Gardens’ staff. This year’s display takes on a new twist as it guides visitors through the Heartland Harvest Garden and follows the theme of Luminosity, offering a dazzling wonderland of color installed in special moments throughout the mile-long walk. (Paths are accessible). Enjoy Santa and roving carolers on select evenings and enjoy children’s activities daily. Grab a hot chocolate (spiked or original) for your stroll through this festive garden display.


Video Courtesy: Open Sky Video & Mapping

This Experience is Illuminated by:

Cafe Thyme

Visitor Center, Thursdays-Sundays of the Festival
4:00-9:30 p.m.
Cafe Thyme is cooking up all the usual favorites (hot dogs, brats, nachos, and house-made soups) as well assorted desserts and Christmas Cookies.
Vegan and gluten-free options available.

Carolers of Note

Saturdays of the Festival: November 30, December 7, 14, 21
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Enjoy the holidays sounds of roving carolers as you stroll through the gardens.

Santa in the Gardens

Fridays & Saturdays of the Festival, 5-9 p.m.
Fridays: December 6, 13, 20
Saturdays: December 7, 14, 21
Join Santa for a walk through Winter Wonderland. Snap a picture and tell him what’s on your wish list!

Holly Jolly Rest Stop

Heartland Harvest Garden, Thursdays-Sundays of the Festival
4-10 p.m.
Enjoy the warmth of the heaters while grabbing a sugar cookie and hot drink (spiked or not) at the bar. Enjoy the train display, artfully installed by the Mo-Kan Garden Railroaders Group, and wander up the steps of the Missouri Barn Silo for the best view in the house! Hop a ride on the bedecked tram ($3 per person) back to the Visitor Center.

Santa’s Workshop

Education Building, Thursdays-Sundays of the Festival
4-10 p.m.
Make a colorful ornament to take home and hang on the tree. Play a life-sized board game featuring a race against time to complete Santa’s journey around the world!

Youth (5-12) $5
Children 4 & UnderFree
Festival Parking$5

Additional Holiday Events

Members Receive FREE Festival Admission

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Festival of Lights: Member-Only Preview Night
Tuesday, November 26
4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Enjoy an exclusive members-only preview night before opening to the public on November 29.

Additional Support is Provided By: