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Garden Of Lights 2013


  • WHEN Ongoing from now until December 29, 2013[days & times]
  • WHERE San Diego Botanic Garden 230 Quail Garden Drive P.O. Box 230005, Encinitas, CA 92023
  • AGES All ages
  • COST $8 - $14

The San Diego Botanic Garden brings your favorite elements of the winter season all to one location. From December 7 - 23 and 26 - 30, you will be able to leave the hustle and bustle of the malls behind and enjoy a relaxing evening strolling through the lighted Garden.

The San Diego Botanic Garden is a dazzling winter wonderland filled with over 100,000 sparkling lights illuminating the Garden for a magical holiday experience. Adding to the sparkle is the “Poinsettia Garden,” festively decorated with many varieties of poinsettias.

Live music fills the air nightly from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. One night there will be the Peace on Earth Christmas Carolers, while another night features lively Mariachis. *A complete lineup will be released in November.

Got Snow? We do! It will be snowing at the Garden December 7, 9, 11, 26, and 28. Please bring your own disc or sled (no metal runners please) - weather permitting.

A team of beautiful Blonde Belgian draft horses will provide wagon rides through the lower area of the Garden on December 14, 15, 18 – 23, and 27 - 30.

Santa will greet young and old alike each night from December 7 - 23 from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, in the brightly lit Gazebo, providing a terrific photo opportunity.

Guests can stay warm at the campfire while roasting marshmallows. There will also be hot mulled wine in the Lawn House Garden for purchase, and the Coffee Hut will be offering hot coffee and cocoa, and supplies to make s'mores to enhance your marshmallow roasting experience.

Food provided daily by Divine Fresh Foods serving Gyros, Kabobs, Soups and Salads and Baklava! There will also be a variety of special holiday crafts that children can create to take home as well as a Nutcracker exhibit displaying a collection of over 50 Nutcrackers. Don't miss the "Alice and Friends at the Holidays", a display of gourd figures of Alice in Wonderland characters from the original book either!

After December 25th when Santa will have departed back to the North Pole, we will have a rotating International Program of Puppet Productions in the Ecke Building.

Puppet Productions Include:
Dec. 26 "Harambee", an African folktale in honor of Kwanza about family working together.
Dec. 27 and 28 "Little Blue and the Trees" from Europe on friendship about birds and why trees lose their leaves in winter.
Dec. 29 and 30 “The Emperor's Choice”: an Asian folktale about seeds and the value of honesty (includes the appearance of large "Gourdeous" green /gold dragon).

Senior group visits include a special group rate of $7 per person (30% savings off regular admissions price), reserved bus parking, complimentary group photo for each participant, and discounts on mulled wine, hot cocoa and spiced cider. Call 760-436-3036 x201 to make a reservation.

Admission Prices:*
Members: $8
Non-members: Adults $14; Seniors, Active Military & Students $10
All Children 3-12: $6
Children 2 and under: Free
Parking: Free

*Some activities will require additional fees.

December Music Line Up: 6-8pm
Saturday, 7th – Chef Elizabeth's River Rim Children's Choir
Sunday, 8th – Terry Omore - Encore Youth Theatre Holiday Stars
Monday, 9th – Tom Gates- 'Jungle' Bells
Tuesday, 10th – Carlsbad Caroleers
Wednesday, 11th – Happy Holidays from the Silverwood Duo
Thursday, 12th – TBA
Friday, 13th – Raggle Taggle- A Celtic Holiday celebration
Saturday, 14th – Mariachi Imperial de San Diego wishing you Happy Holidays
Sunday, December 15th – Jimmer Bolden Trio- A Jazzy Christmas
Monday, 16th – The mellow guitar & vocal sounds of 'JJ' Jenkins
Tuesday, 17th – Evon Romero Dance Group
Wednesday, 18th – Peace on Earth Carolers - A Victorian Christmas
Thursday 19th – Rockin' Cranberries
Friday 20th – Jimmer Bolden wishing you Jazzy Holidays
Saturday 21st – A Latin Holiday with Con Alma
Sunday 22nd – Enjoy a Brassy holiday with The Nativitrio
Monday 23rd – Raggle Taggle- A Celtic Holiday celebration
*Closed Christmas Day
Thursday 26th – The mellow guitar & vocal sounds of 'JJ' Jenkins
Friday 27th – TBA
Saturday 28th – Cuban Holidays
Sunday 29th – Len Rainey- Bluesey Holidays
Monday 30th – Deijha Marie & Kamau Kenyatta

Location: San Diego Botanic Garden 230 Quail Garden Drive P.O. Box 230005, Encinitas, CA 92023 Google Maps

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

Promotional graphic for the 2013 Garden of Lights. Courtesy of San Diego Botanic Garden.

Above: Promotional graphic for the 2013 Garden of Lights. Courtesy of San Diego Botanic Garden.


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