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Garden Of Lights


  • WHEN Multiple dates from Dec 1 - Dec 30, 2018[days & times]
  • WHERE San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST $5 - $25

After the sun goes down, parts of the San Diego Botanic Garden are transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with over 125,000 sparkling lights illuminating the garden for a magical holiday experience!

Festive holiday activities abound including sledding, holiday crafts, marshmallow roasting, food trucks, hot mulled wine, beer and refreshments, as well as visits with Santa (December 1 – 23) and horse-drawn wagon rides (December 14 – 23 & 26 – 30). Enjoy great live entertainment every single night from 6 – 8 p.m.!

Garden of Lights, from December 1 – 23 & 26 – 30, is the San Diego Botanic Garden’s annual gift to the San Diego community.

Garden of Lights has events and activities that everyone in your family will enjoy. Nightly entertainment, including local blues and jazz bands, as well as delicious food from Isaac's Catering, and hot coffee and treats from the Feel Good Coffee Cart, will be available.

Numerous family-friendly activities are also part of the festivities, including:

- Holiday Crafts
- Spin Art
- Marshmallow Roasting
- Visits with Santa (through Dec 23)
- Hot Mulled Wine (on selected evenings)
- Snow for sledding (on selected evenings)
- Beer (on selected evenings)
- Nutcracker display
- Live entertainment – every night!
- Food Trucks

Unique plant-related gift items will be on sale at our gift shops for the plant lovers in your life. Cork purses, garden-themed jewelry, hats, aprons, candles, and garden art are all available. As well as winter plants, ready to enhance your holiday garden. Come out and experience the holidays ‘Southern California Style’ at San Diego Botanic Garden’s Garden of Lights!

Garden of Lights is sponsored by the County of San Diego.

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. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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