SD Botanic Garden lights up for holidays


After the sun goes down in December, the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland! Bring the family and experience the magic as 100,000 sparkling lights illuminate several spectacular areas, including the iconic Lawn Garden, Tropical Rainforest, Waterfall Deck, Undersea Succulent Garden, Eucalyptus Grove, Seeds of Wonder (children’s area) and Bamboo Garden, containing the nation’s largest collection of bamboo.

Join in the fun that includes horse-drawn wagon rides winding through several of the Garden’s enchanting 4 miles of trails. Enjoy marshmallow roasting, live music and an assortment of holiday refreshments, including hot mulled wine (on select evenings) and even snow (also falling on select evenings). The holidays wouldn’t be complete without a visit with Santa, who makes a special guest appearance again this year.

The Garden of Lights takes place from 5-9 p.m. Dec. 6-23 and 26-30. Visit or call 760-436-3036.

Cost: Members $8; seniors, active military, and students $10; non-members $14. Children ages 3-12, $6. There will be additional fees for some activities.

The San Diego Botanic Garden is at 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Call 760-436-3036; visit