One of our favorite things to do during the Christmas season is a visit to the Missouri Botanical Garden Glow. This event is a part of our Christmas extravaganza events and enriches our Christmas season (we have a handful of places we like to visit during the Christmas season). This year was no exception and we enjoyed seeing all the twinkling lights as we walked through the garden.

Missouri Botanical Garden Glow

There are a couple of million lights glowing and twinkling at the Garden Glow. It is a mesmerizing experience, one of wonderment and delight as you walk through the gardens and enjoy the ambiance and beauty of the event.

Holiday Flower and Train Show

One of the first things you will notice is the Holiday Flower and Train Show, showcasing many different varieties of plants and exhibits of miniature trains running amongst small cottagelike houses and buildings, always a fun experience.  

Missouri Botanical Garden

In case you are not aware, Missouri Botanical Garden was founded by Henry Shaw, a prominent businessman in the days of steamboats, horses, and buggies. A successful businessman, one of his passions when young was gardening, and he created a magnificent garden for St Louisans, drawing from his experience when young, and the knowledge of others who had pioneered in gardening before him and acquiring species from other countries.

Good to Know

The Garden Glow started around the third week of November and is running through the first week of January, with hours from 5 pm to 10 pm. There is a charge to visit the Garden Glow. For more information you can check their website here. A popular event, they have timed entry, so it is a good idea to get tickets ahead of time. 

There is a nice Gift Shop for those who would like a souvenir and you can grab a bite to eat at the Sassafras Café or Sassafras Restaurant, which are open limited hours. 

This is an outdoor event, so be sure to dress appropriately. We went earlier in the season and were fortunate that the weather was nice considering it was wintertime.

Parking is available in the parking lot and there are attendants who will help direct you to a spot. There are times the lot is full; in which case you can park on the street and walk to the gardens.

While we love the Garden Glow and generally visit during the Christmas season every year, we do visit at other times as the Missouri Botanical Garden is spectacular and one of the best botanical gardens in our country. We hope to inspire you to visit  the Garden Glow, and to visit during other times during the year

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