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Here’s where you can see Christmas lights in the metro-east during the holiday season

Check out this holiday lights display that took 250 hours to set up

Alan Poettker, the winner of the “Clark W. Griswold” category in the Highland Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Lights Competition, describes his family’s holiday lights display.
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Alan Poettker, the winner of the “Clark W. Griswold” category in the Highland Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Lights Competition, describes his family’s holiday lights display.

Looking for a place to see Christmas lights? You’ve got several opportunities around the metro-east.

Way of Lights, Belleville

Features a drive-through light display, but also has inside craft activities, community performances, a Lego display and a petting zoo with camel rides. Go to snows.org/wol for more information. The outdoor light display remains open through Jan. 1, but other activities are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

When: From 5 to 9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 1.

Where: The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, 442 S. De Mazenod Drive, Belleville.

Cost: Free; donations accepted.

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Tail lights streak through one of the first displays at the The Way of Lights. The display opens Friday and continues nightly from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Jan. 1. The 1.5-mile drive through scriptural Journey to Bethlehem features over one million lights, electro-art displays, and life-size biblical statues. Derik Holtmann dholtmann@bnd.com


Lebanon’s Winter Wonderland

Features a drive-through light display set to music broadcast on 90.5 FM and promises “an even better year with some really interesting surprises” according to www.lebanonswinterwonderland.org.

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 31.

Where: Horner Park, 11109 Widicus Road, Lebanon

Cost: Free; donations accepted.

Christmas Wonderland, Alton

Drive-through display has more than four million lights. Go to https://www.visitalton.com/business/detail/390/christmas-wonderland for more information.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from Friday through late December.

Where: Rock Springs Park, 2116 College Ave., Alton.

Cost: $7 for cars and small vans; $1 per person for vehicles holding more than 10 people

Christmas in Carlyle

A lighted parade featuring Santa Claus and followed by fireworks.

When: Parade starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Parade starts at 11th and Fairfax Streets, heading east until Fifth Street, then turns toward City Park. For more information, go to http://carlylelake.com/christmas-in-carlyle/.

Cost: Free

Christmas Parade and Fireworks in Breese

Parade followed by fireworks. Go to http://breese.org/annual-events/ for more information.

Where: Starts on North Main and travels to the park.

When: 6 p.m. Saturday

Cost: Free.

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