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San Diego Botanic Garden: Garden Of Lights

  • WHEN Ongoing from now until December 23, 2011[days & times]
  • WHERE San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA
    Map | Website
  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free - $12

After the sun goes down, the San Diego Botanic Garden is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with over 100,000 sparkling lights illuminating the Garden for a magical holiday experience.

Leave the hustle and bustle of the malls behind and enjoy a relaxing evening strolling through the lighted Garden. Adding to the sparkle is the “Poinsettia Garden,” festively decorated with many varieties of poinsettias.

Garden of Lights will run from December 8, 2011 - December 23, 2011 and then again from December 26, 2011- December 30, 2011.

Beginning on December 16, 2011, a team of big Blond Belgian draft horses provides enjoyable wagon rides through the lower area of the Garden, the only way to see the lights in this part of the Garden at night. Don’t miss the Nutcracker exhibit, displaying a collection of over 50 Nutcrackers.

Huddle around the Lawn Garden Campfire to roast marshmallows or to make S’Mores. Of course Santa will greet young and old alike each night before Christmas from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM, in the brightly lit Gazebo, providing a terrific photo opportunity.

To keep you warm, there will be hot mulled wine in the Lawn House Garden, and The Coffee Hut will be open offering hot coffee and cocoa. El Pollo Loco provides healthy Mexican fare each night. And finally, children can create a variety of special holiday crafts to take home. Google Map.

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