For the past four years, The Atlanta Botanical Garden has celebrated the holiday season with Garden Lights Holiday Nights! This event is one of the best ways to get in the holiday spirit. The light show is a temporary, seasonal exhibit that will run from November 15th through January 3rd, 2015. During that time, more than one million LED lights will transform the gardens into a twinkling winter wonderland.
The Atlanta Botanical Garden spans 30 acres in Midtown Atlanta. Originally founded in 1973, the Garden has become an Atlanta institution. It is run as a non-profit organization that maintains its mission to develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, research, conservation and enjoyment. Throughout the past 35 years, the Garden has raised millions of dollars through fundraising efforts, become home to numerous collections of plants, and hosted numerous traveling and seasonal artistic exhibits including Moore in America, Sculpture in Motion, and of course Garden Lights Holiday Nights.
This year, Garden Lights is sure to be even more magnificent than ever before. The event will allow visitors to stroll through the displays, which will include giant snowflakes, fleeting bumblebees, and a towering “praying Santa Mantis,” all while sipping hot drinks and listening to carolers. This year’s show will also include the one-time-appearance of giant Butterflies, a Unicorn, Frogs and Shaggy Dog from Imaginary Worlds. Earth Goddess, from Imaginary Worlds, will transform into Ice Goddess – a vision of wintry radiance with twinkling lights weaving through her tresses. Red and white stripes turned the towering Cobras into hypnotic Candy Cane Cobras back in 2013.
In addition to the light displays, enjoy the garden’s Holiday Model Train show, also running from November 15th-January 3rd. G-scale choo choo trains and a holiday trolley will chug along the tracks in an imaginary, but beautifully landscaped mountain. They will run along six tracks, emerge from tunnels, cross bridges and trestles as they reach small towns and train stops, which cover the mountainside. There will also be surprises like the appearance of the Grinch, reindeer games, and Santa’s workshop. The train show is a perfect stop for you and your kids, as you wander through the Garden Lights. And of course let the kids take a ride on The Garden’s Ride-on-Train, which depart during regular daytime hours and at night during Garden Lights.
Advance tickets are encouraged and tickets are non-refundable, and non exchangeable. Non-member tickets are $20 for adults and $14 for children 3-12 (under 3 is free!) on peak nights, and $17 for adults, $11 for children on non-peak nights. Between 9pm and 10:30pm, late night special prices are $15 for adults and $11 for children. Member tickets are $17 for adults and $14 for children on peak nights, and $14 for adults, $8 for children on non-peak nights. For more information, check out the Garden Lights page on the Atlanta Botanical Garden Website!