Christmas Wonderland

When: Saturdays, Sundays, 5-9 p.m. and Mondays-Fridays, 6-9 p.m. Continues through Dec. 27 2015

Assemble a coterie of grandpas, and what do you get? A sea of butterscotch candies? Enough quarters-pulled-out-of-ears to buy a Tesla? Perhaps — but the fellas in the Alton "Grandpa Gang" combine powers to create the absolutely magical Christmas Wonderland at Rock Springs Park (2116 College Avenue, Alton, Illinois; 800-258-6645 or Treat the whole family to this gorgeous spectacle, which includes more than 3 million twinkling lights. Plus, the kids can visit Santa Claus in the Enchanted Forest. Drive through in your own vehicle (no headlights necessary, thanks to the festive wattage) or spring for a horse-drawn-carriage ride through the park. Christmas Wonderland is open 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Sunday, December 27. Admission is $7 for cars and small vans.

Brooke Foster

Price: $7 per carload