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JEFFERSON CITY, MO, DEC. 27, 2023 – Still have that holiday spirit? Missouri State Parks offers a place to view Christmas lights, not to mention bald eagles and even bison!

  • Through Jan. 31: Magic Tree: Solar-Powered Christmas Lights at Harry S Truman State Park
    The wonder of Christmas lights continues until Jan. 31 at Harry S Truman State Park near Warsaw, Missouri. Park visitors are invited to stop by the parking lot at the marina boat ramp to view the park’s Christmas tree that is decorated with solar-powered lights. The tree’s lights are charged throughout the day by the sun and come on at night, creating a festive display. The lights can be viewed by the public free of charge any time of the day or night. For more information, call Lisa Gladson at 816-217-6349. Harry S Truman State Park is located at 28761 State Park Road in Warsaw.
  • Saturday, Jan. 6: Bald Eagle Days at Roaring River State Park
    Learn all about bald eagles and search for these magnificent birds along Roaring River. When water sources freeze in the north, bald eagles migrate south to find food and water. With its constant flowing water and abundance of fish, Roaring River is an ideal location for bald eagles. Stop by the Ozark Chinquapin Nature Center anytime between 3-5 p.m. to participate in eagle-themed crafts and activities. Spotting scopes will be set up to help you view the eagles, and warm beverages will be available for visitors to enjoy. Participants are welcome to bring binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras. Registration is not required, and participants should dress for the weather. For more information, contact 417-847-3742. Roaring River State Park is located at 12716 Farm Road 2239 in Cassville.
  • Close up of a bison’s head.
    Saturday, Jan. 6: Guided Bison Saunter at Prairie State Park
    Winter is here, and the bison are prepared for its biting wind and cold temperatures. Participants will brave the conditions to see the bison in their natural habitat. Be prepared for a 2-mile hike over uneven terrain. Bringing water, snacks and a hat and wearing sturdy shoes is recommended. Registration is required and the event is limited to 25 participants. To register, call 417-843-6711. Prairie State Park is located at 128 NW 150th Lane in Mindenmines.
  • Friday, Jan. 12: Animals in Winter at Prairie State Park
    What happens to animals when the weather turns cold? Where do they go? What do they do? Come to Prairie State Park on Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon to learn about how animals survive during the winter. The class is designed for ages 5 and up and is limited to 35 participants. Registration is required and can be done by calling the park at 417-843-6711 by Jan. 5.

For detailed information on any of these activities, please visit For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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