BELMONT, N.C. – Holidays at the Garden, opening to the public on Nov. 17, is Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s most-anticipated annual event in which the Garden glows with holiday spirit from the twinkling trees to the sparkling fountains and is transformed into a natural winter wonderland filled with unique festive décor including a towering tree of orchids, more than 600,000 lights, and illuminated displays.
Each night visitors will enjoy live music, holiday shopping in The Garden Store, crackling fires to warm cold hands or roast a marshmallow, and the Children’s Holiday Discovery Trail of activities. Model train displays created by the Metrolina Model Railroaders can be found throughout the Garden.
Horse-drawn carriage rides will be available from Southern Breezes Carriages from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday through Dec. 31 and also Dec. 18-20. Carriage rides are $6/adult, $4/child 2-12, and free for children under 2. The Garden Tram will be available for rides on evenings when the carriages are not available and rides are free with admission from 6 to 9 p.m.
Mrs. Claus will visit the Garden from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 27 – 29, Dec. 4-6, 11-13, and 18-24. Santa will only be available during Capture the Magic with Santa from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 24 – 26, Nov. 30 – Dec. 3, Dec. 7 – 10, 14 – 17 and pre-registration and the purchase of a professional photograph package and Holidays at the Garden admission are required.
Food service will be available every evening in addition to beverages including coffee, hot chocolate, beer, wine and more.
A special thank you to sponsors including David Belk Cannon Foundation, Duke Energy, Gaston Travel & Tourism, and K104.7.
Holidays at the Garden will be open Nov. 17 through Dec. 31, 2017 from 5 to 9 p.m. each evening, although it will be closed Christmas Day. The Garden will be open for regular daytime admission 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the exception of Thanksgiving when it’s only open for Holidays at the Garden in the evening. Holiday admission is discounted for tickets purchased online in advance at $12.95 per adult, $11.95 per senior 60+, $7.95 per child 2-12 and free for children under age two. Tickets at the door are $14.95 per adult, $13.95 per senior 60+, $8.95 per child 2-12 and free for children under age two. Garden members receive a 30% discount and also receive 30% off the purchase of up to four guest passes. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance at www.dsbg.org or 704-829-1252.
Visitors can also register for special events throughout the holiday season during Holidays at the Garden. Advance reservations are required and can be made online at www.DSBG.org or by calling (704) 829-1252. Special events include:
Capture the Magic with Santa on Nov. 24 – 26, Nov. 30 – Dec. 3, Dec. 7 – 10, 14 – 17
Packages start at $45, Visits available between 6 to 9 p.m.
Capture a magical memory with professional photos of your children or family with Santa by Leslie Orel Photography! Please note, personal photography will not be permitted with Santa this year. No discounts apply to photo packages. Holidays at the Garden admission is also required. Advance reservations are required and can be made online at www.DSBG.org or by calling (704) 829-1252.
Tea Tasting on Sunday, Dec. 3; Seatings at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Celebrate the holiday season with a variety of teas paired with scrumptious snacks while learning more about each type of tea. Advance reservations are required and can be made online at www.DSBG.org or by calling (704) 829-1252.
Wine Pairing on Sunday, Dec. 10; 3 – 5 p.m.
$65/guest (admission to Holidays at the Garden included)
A local wine expert will present an array of wines that will pair with delicious small bites from a local restaurant. You’re sure to enjoy this afternoon of delectable wine, food and great company. Advance reservations are required and can be made online at www.DSBG.org or by calling (704) 829-1252.
Sparkle & Glow New Year’s Eve on Sunday, Dec. 31; 5 – 9 p.m.
Free with admission to Holidays at the Garden, no registration required
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a family-friendly event featuring New Year’s Eve traditions from around the world, live music and a glowing hula hoop performance. The first 250 guests will receive glow stick gear! A sparkling wine tasting will also be available for an additional cost.
Hair of the Dog Hike on Monday, Jan. 1; 11 a.m.
Free with general daytime admission or free for Members
Kick off the New Year with a refreshing guided Garden hike on New Year’s Day! Bloody Marys and Mimosas will be available for purchase.
In addition to special events, a variety of continuing education classes are also offered during the holiday season. Guests can register online at www.DSBG.org or call (704) 829-1252.