Winter wonderland shows holiday lights

The “Winter Wonderland exhibit in Tilles Park has been around since 1985. Photo by Riley Mullgardt

Riley Mullgardt
Entertainment Editor

Every year during the holidays, people from all over take a trip to Tilles Park’s “Winter Wonderland.”

Winter Wonderland is a colorful light display spread throughout the park linked up to Christmas Music. Some of the lights even move!

The Winter Wonderland tradition has been around since 1985 and still goes strong. People can drive a car, ride in a carriage or walk. Food, blankets and drinks can be brought but no pets.

Webster-Rock Hill resident Elizabeth Romines said, “Winter Wonderland is one of my favorite pre-Christmas activities… Driving a car through is fun because you can tune in the Christmas music; the walk is great because you can go slowly and really enjoy the cute lights; the carriage ride is wonderful because… it’s a carriage ride.”

The display is open for cars and carriages Sunday through Friday 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and carriages on Saturdays from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and the walk has specific dates, which, unfortunately, are all sold out. This attraction is not open on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve.

The pricing is based on the size of the vehicle or the number of people in a carriage.

A “family vehicle” cost $10, a limousine cost $20, a commercial transport van cost $40, and a tour bus cost $90.

A “Sweetheart carriage,” two people, costs $55, a “Snowflake carriage,” six people, costs $80, a “Candy Cane carriage,” nine people, costs $120, and “Santa’s Sleigh,” up to 24 people, costs $12 a person.

To reserve a carriage, patrons may go to, call MetroTix at 314-534-1111 or go to the Fox Theater box office.

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