Winter Wonderland is a holiday tradition for many families, and organizers are still coming up with new fun ways to make sure each visit to Tilles Park is just exciting.

"This year we have a brand new tunnel. It's seven arches and it's 105 feet long," explained Diane White, Winter Wonderland.

Preparations for the display that covers 75 acres of forest with more than a million lightshave been underway since August.

"Got ahead of the game and it's gone a lot smoother," said Lenny Gilbers, Winter Wonderland.

The crew of 25 reuses what they can, but they've also been keeping up with technology to make sure the show keeps twinkling throughout the season.

"We've gone from wooden cut outs to mostly large metal displays. We've gone from the regular mini lights into the new energy efficient LED lights too," said White.

The 27th Winter Wonderland, presented by your St. Louis area Ford Dealers, runs from November 21-January 1 at Tilles Park. For more information head to

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