And yes, Winter is Coming. Officially, Winter is still a month away, the solstice falling on December 21st. Here in St. Louis it’s going to be in the 60’s this week for Thanksgiving which is hardly Winter-like weather. Last Winter was mild, we had barely any lasting snow, so it almost feels premature to say Winter is Coming already, but it is.
One of the ways you can tell around here is that the powers that be begin setting up for the Winter Wonderland in Tilles Park! Acres upon acres of Christmas and holiday lights strewn across a public park, over the river and through the woods, around the lake, o’er hill and dale:
You can pay (a fairly hefty sum, though I think it goes to charity?) to drive through the park and view the shining, flashing, running, festive attraction, or you can pay (an even heftier sum) to take a horse drawn carriage ride through it, but it’s worth it, especially for the little ones or if you’ve never seen the spectacle before.
I occasionally drive past Tilles Park on my way to work and you can see them working on the displays early in the month of November. Once the “show” opens for business, traffic is re-routed through the park and cars, trucks, and buses line up for miles to get in on the busy nights. Driving through this part of St. Louis County during those evenings requires more forethought than usual to avoid the traffic jams.
I’m thankful for the opportunity to live in a city where such events are possible, and I know many families who have made great memories of a trip to the Wonderland. I’m not a huge fan of the Holiday Season, though I’m big on holiday feasting- need to make sure I know the gym hours over this weekend! I hope you all enjoy your family gatherings and if you’re in the St. Louis or surrounding areas, come visit this Winter Wonderland.
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