When: Mondays-Fridays, 6-9 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays, 5-9 p.m. Continues through Dec. 27 2016
The Grandpa Gang are the men of a certain age who hang all the lights that transform Rock Springs Park (2116 College Avenue, Alton, Illinois; www.visitalton.com) into Christmas Wonderland. In recent years the gents put up 3 million lights; this year they topped 4 million. The area is so bright that you won't even need your headlights when you make your loop of the park. It's an excellent last-minute excursion to tire out the kids before their favorite day of the year, just in case you want to sleep in tomorrow. (It's never going to happen.) Christmas Wonderland is open from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through December 27. Admission is $7 for cars and small vans.
Price: $7 per car or small van