The lights opened at 6pm but we decided to go early (about 5:30pm) because we figured most of St. Louis and Illinois would be out enjoying the warmer weather (we were right). There was still parking available in the lot when we arrived, but I'm not sure where you'd park if the lot filled up...After you park, everyone enters through the main building and waits inside until 6pm. There's no big line to stand in. People just stand around or play foosball or shop in the gift shop. There was even a big restaurant in there.
At 6pm they let everyone outside to see the lights. It probably took less than 5 minutes for all the people inside to make their way outside.
Once you get outside there are several trams (just like the ones at Grant's Farm) that you can get on to ride around the lights. The girls love riding in anything that's not a car so we hopped on a tram. There were red blankets on the benches that you could use if you were cold.
The tram ride down Budweiser Boulevard is pretty short but I recommend riding the tram to the end of the route and then walking back. The tram makes 3 stops. At each stop they highlight one of their beers and have sampling stations.
Our favorite stop was the last stop - The Rita Cabana. Yes that is a Christmas tree in sand!
Near the Rita Cabana they had a giant light bright set up. The girls worked on covering the light bright for at least 20 minutes.
Right next to the giant light bright they had bean bag toss games set up.
Throughout the lights they had Adirondack chairs or hay bales set up next to fire pits. They have s'mores making kits that you can buy. They also had kettle corn and hot chocolate for sale.
There were a few things we didn't get to do. We didn't have time to visit the Clydesdale Stables. We also didn't get to take a picture inside the giant snow globe.
We all had a great time - the warmer weather made a big difference and allowed us to stay longer too. And it was fun seeing a new light display! Hope you get to see it too!
Oh! There was also an STL250 cake outside the main entrance! That makes 128 for us!