Holidays at the Garden
November 17 – December 31, 2017
Holidays at the Garden Hours
Daily* November 17 – December 31, 2017
5 – 9 p.m. Each Evening
*Closed Christmas Day
The Garden will remain open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for general daytime admission and will be closed 4 to 5 p.m. Click here for info on daytime admission fees.
Holidays at the Garden Admission
Garden members receive 30% off tickets including up to four guests. Click here to become a member today! Pre-tax prices listed.
|Online in Advance||At the Door|
|Adult: $12.95||Adult: $14.95|
|Senior 60+: $11.95||Senior 60+: $13.95|
|Child 2-12: $7.95||Child 2-12: $8.95|
|Child Under 2: Free||Child Under 2: Free|
Groups 15+: $10.95/Adult or Senior and $5.95/Child 2-12 (must be purchased together by calling 704-829-1252)
About Holidays at the Garden
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 3-10, and free for children under 3. 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 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 night in addition to beverages including coffee, hot chocolate, beer, wine and more.
Holiday Classes & Events
Register for classes and special programs below and stay tuned for a complete listing!
Know Before You Glow
Where is the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden located?
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is located just west of Charlotte at the N.C./S.C. state line, outside the quaint town of Belmont. The Garden is easily accessible from Interstates 85 and 77 and less than 30 minutes from uptown. View on Google Maps >
Do you recommend purchasing tickets in advance online or at the door?
We strongly recommend that visitors purchase tickets online in advance to expedite entry and save on admission. Fridays, Saturdays and the week before Christmas are typically the busiest evenings. Tickets are non-refundable and the event is held rain or shine.
What should I expect?
We recommend a minimum of two hours to enjoy all the event has to offer. The Holidays at the Garden outdoor walking trail is brick or gravel.
What if it rains or if there is bad weather?
The Garden is open rain or shine, but in the event of severe weather including dangerous storms or ice, the Garden may close. Please visit the website prior to your visit. Rain checks will be issued if the Garden closes for the safety of our guests.
Do you need volunteers?
Yes! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-829-1257 if you’re interested!
Is the Garden still open during the day?
Yes, the garden is open for general admission during the day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please click here to view regular daytime hours and admission. If you plan to visit during the day and also during the evening, you will need to to purchase both daytime admission passes and also Holidays at the Garden tickets.
Can I bring my camera?
General photography with handheld cameras is encouraged, but please review our Photography Policy before your visit. Share your photos on social media with #DSBGHolidays!
Can I bring food and/or beverages?
Beverages, dinner options and snacks will be available for purchase from The Garden Store and vendors. The Garden does not have a restaurant onsite. Picnics and coolers are welcome anywhere on the property, but please no alcoholic carry-ins. Please leave grills at home. Tables in the Great Hall are available on a first-come basis and can only be reserved with a VIP Holiday Package.
Is the Garden handicap and stroller accessible?
The Holidays at the Garden outdoor walking trail is brick or gravel with limited mobility. Alternative wheelchair/stroller-accessible routes are available (not available for rent).
Are pets allowed?
Animals are not allowed unless they are service animals with a vest and/or papers.