Holidays at the Garden
November 20, 2015 – January 3, 2016
To view the schedule for each individual day of Holidays at the Garden, visit the calendar.
Winter glistens as dazzling lights dance throughout the garden this holiday season. Holidays at the Garden, a must-see family, decade-old tradition for thousands of all ages, is a magical time of year when the trees twinkle, the fountains sparkle, and botanical-themed displays glisten among the natural beauty of the winter Garden.
Children can visit with Santa from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday from Nov. 20 to Dec. 20, then daily from 6 to 9 p.m. from Dec. 21 to 23. Mrs. Claus will also visit the Garden on select nights including Dec. 24.
Holidays crafts will be available for children nightly from Nov. 20 through Dec. 24 and either karaoke or live music will entertain guests each night through Dec. 24.
Horse-drawn carriage rides with be available from Southern Breezes Carriages from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday through Dec. 31. Carriage rides are $6/adult, $4/child 3-12, and free for children under 3.
Visitors can enjoy hand-crafted cocoa, lattes, and espresso from Catawba Coffee of Mt. Holly, s’mores over the outdoor campfire, dinner from Ranucci’s Big Butt BBQ or Two Chicks and a Truck (select nights), and beverages from the Garden’s bars.
A special model train display created by the Metrolina Model Railroaders depicting North Carolina’s Saluda Mountain Grade, the steepest mainline railway gauge in country, provides a particular fascination for children and train enthusiasts alike. Various model train displays can be found throughout the Garden.
Admission for Holidays at the Garden
$14.95/adult, $13.95/senior 60+, and $8.95/child 2-12
Members receive a 30% discount for themselves and up to four guests.
Discounted tickets are available for groups of 15+.
The Garden is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 20 – Jan. 3 and the lights come on at 5 p.m. nightly. The Garden will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving and will be closed on Christmas.
A special thank you to sponsors including David Belk Cannon Foundation as the presenting sponsor, Duke Energy as the supporting sponsor, and K104.7 and Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) as the media sponsor.
Register for classes and special programs below and stay tuned for a complete listing of holiday events.