Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Missouri Botanical Garden: Magical Nightly Garden Glow

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The most popular attractions in St. Louis, Missouri seems to be the Botanical Garden - not only during the warm months, but also in the dead of winter.  Are you in or around the city from now till early January?  Don't miss the magnificent "Garden Glow" at the Botanical Garden.  .
This second annual event features more than a half million lights surrounding visitors with a spectacle of unique installations amid some of the Garden's most iconic locations. Enjoy interactive photo opportunities, traditional holiday music and festivities, delicious food and drinks and more as the Garden is transformed around you into a winter wonderland.  

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Lots of Fun In and Outdoors

Light up your wardrobe with fun, wearable "glow gear," warm up around a fire pit with S'mores and Hot Cocoa or enjoy dinner and drinks with a spectacular view of all the excitement. The Garden Glow drinking and dining menu looks mouth-watering. 
Glow is primarily an outdoor event. Tower Grove House will be open for visitors and decorated with a traditional Victorian theme.  Sassafras Café will be open during Glow. They will serve a menu similar to the café’s daytime offerings.  Additional small plates and beverages will be available at Café Flora located at Spink Pavilion.  There will be booths throughout the Garden offering snacks and drinks for purchase.  S’mores can also be made and purchased at the fire pits on the Glow path.

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Where to Find the "Garden Glow" 
The Garden is now accessible from Interstate 64 via Tower Grove Avenue. Take the new Tower Grove Avenue exit and travel south to Shaw Blvd (HWY 44).  Free public parking is available at the Ridgeway Visitor Center and at lots two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer.
Tickets:  For expedited admission, purchase online and print your tickets at home. When you arrive at the Garden, enter through the Ridgeway Visitor Center, turn left and head upstairs for ticket scanning and entry to Garden Glow.  Address: 4344 Shaw St, Saint Louis, MO.  Google Map to get there / program your GPS.


What Visitors Said About the “Garden Glow” on TripAdvisor
“I thought that all Christmas light shows were pretty much the same. Glad to report I was definitely wrong. Nice tour, and an unexpected surprise. Went through the Shaw house, hadn't known that that was available to go through. Very nice! Great combination of lights and music. One of the fun parts, a gazebo with mistletoe and a sign above..."Goodnight Kiss". Nice touch. My favorite, the streaming lights from the trees as we walked in the front drive.”

“This is the second year for the Garden Glow, a holiday light spectacular. I was told that there are over 600,000 lights this year. The garden grounds are amazing. There are various stands which sell refreshments and food. Great for the kids. Get your tickets early or on line because this even will sell out.”


"The light display is spectacular from the "snowing" lights in the trees at the entrance to the final show near the reflection pool by the garden house."


"Magnificent. Wonderful. Awesome. Breathtaking. Photographs cannot capture how gorgeous these displays are. Your eyes don't know where to look first. My favorite is the alley of small pine trees decorated in fuchsia and green lights framing a very large tree literally covered in peacock blue lights. There is a maze of small shrubs in white lights; the Shaw Mansion is open and decorated in Victorian finery; illuminaries light a path to a viewing area perfect for marriage proposals.  Admission for adults is $16. Well worth the price. What a fabulous show!"

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