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More than 10,000 people attended Shelter Insurance's "Winter Wonderland" garden of lights in Columbia in December 2022 (file photo courtesy of Shelter spokesman Brad Johnson)

Columbia’s “Winter Wonderland” opens this evening at Shelter Insurance headquarters

There are numerous holiday scenes at Columbia’s “Winter Wonderland” at Shelter. Some feature
“Peanuts” characters like Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Linus (December 2022 file photo from 939 the Eagle’s Brian Hauswirth)

You can expect several thousand visitors during the next eight nights at the “Winter Wonderland” garden of lights at Columbia’s Shelter Insurance headquarters.

Winter Wonderland opens this evening at 5:30 and runs until 7:30 and will take place each evening through Saturday December 16. It’s the third straight year that Shelter has done the Winter Wonderland garden of lights in its famous gardens. The popular five-acre gardens include a waterfall.

You’ll see thousands of lights, different holiday scenes and decorations that include “Peanuts” characters Charlie Brown and Pig Pen. You’ll be able to walk around the lighted path and take pictures of the lights that are on display.

Shelter spokesman Brad Johnson tells 939 the Eagle that “Winter Wonderland” drew about 13-thousand visitors during its first year in 2021 and another 10,300 last year, which featured a few nights of inclement weather. “Winter Wonderland” is free and open to the public.

Columbia-based Shelter Insurance is Boone County’s seventh-largest employer, with 1,375 employees. Those numbers are per Columbia Regional Economic Development Incorporated.

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