Holidays at the Garden Opens Nov. 20

November 6, 2015

BELMONT, N.C. – Holidays at the Garden, opening to the public on Nov. 20, is one of the Garden’s most-anticipated events in which winter will glisten as dazzling lights dance throughout the garden this holiday season. This 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.

Gather with family and friends around the warmth of an outdoor fire, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, create a holiday craft, grab a snack and warm beverage, visit with Santa, and shop for thoughtful gifts in The Garden Store. The 16-foot orchid tree of 300 orchids and one-of-kind train displays can only be seen at the Garden!

In addition to touring the Garden and outdoor light displays, 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 Mount 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 is $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. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call (704) 825-4490. A special thank you to sponsors including David Belk Cannon Foundation as the presenting sponsor, Duke Energy as the supporting sponsor, and K104.7 as the media sponsor.

Visitors can also register for special events throughout the holiday season during Holidays at the Garden. Advance reservations are required one week prior to each event and can be made online at or by calling (704) 829-1252. Special events include:

Cookies and Cocoa with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 5 & 12; 3 – 5 p.m.

$30/guest (admission to Holidays at the Garden included)

Give little ones the chance of a lifetime to spend some quality holiday time with the jolly guy himself. Children can decorate cookies and create a special gift for someone on their list. Mrs.

Claus will lead a sing-a-long and more.

Holiday Tea on Sunday, Dec. 6; Seatings at 1 & 3 p.m.

$30/guest (admission to Holidays at the Garden included)

Celebrate the holiday season with an afternoon of traditional English tea paired with scrumptious snacks. Taste a variety of teas and learn the benefits of each.

Holiday Wine Pairing on Sunday, Dec. 13; 3 – 5 p.m.

$60/guest (admission to Holidays at the Garden included)

Join the Garden for its newest holiday event designed to put you in the spirit of the season, especially when entertaining for the holidays. Wine expert Josh Beasley from the Trinchero Family Estates will be back again this year to present an array of wines that will prepare your palate for small plate pairings crafted by chef Neil Bratton of the Fish Market Bar & Grill in Baxter Village of Fort Mill.

Sparkle & Glow New Year’s Eve on Thursday, Dec. 31; 6 – 9 p.m.

Free with admission to Holidays at the Garden, no registration required

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a family-friendly early event featuring New Year’s Eve traditions from around the world and a luminary release at the end of the night for wishes in the New Year! Sparkling wine and cider tastings for an additional $20 per guest.

NEW! Hair of the Dog Hike on Friday, Jan. 1 at 11 a.m.

Free with admission to Holidays at the Garden, no registration required

Kick off the new year with a refreshing guided Garden hike on New Year’s Day! A specialty Bloody Mary bar will be available after (additional cost).

In addition to special events, a variety of continuing education classes are also offered during the holiday season. Guests can register online at or call (704) 829-1252. Classes include:

Holiday Candle Making on Saturday, Nov. 21; 3 – 5 p.m.

Instructor: Noelle France Bayberry Woods

This beginning candle making will allow you to create your own scented candle to use for the

holidays. To add a personal touch, bring your own glass container of 8 oz. or less. Cost: $50

Holiday Wreath Workshop on Sunday, Nov. 29; 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Halle Russell

Build a stunning custom wreath from scratch and decorate it for your front door, to top your fireplace, or as a gift to a neighbor! Cost: $55

Parent-Child Workshop: Scandinavian Stars on Saturday, Dec 5; 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Halle Russell

Kids, bring your parents! In this fun workshop, craft and decorate old fashioned paper

Scandinavian Stars. Best for kids 5 – 12. For an extra festive date, follow up this experience with

Cookies & Cocoa with Santa at 3 p.m.! Cost: $25/adult + $10/child

Papercrafting: Holiday Cards on Sunday, Dec. 6; 1:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Instructor: Suzanne Patz, Stamp & Paper Artist

Impress friends and family on your holiday mailing list with a hand-made card, created using rubber stamps and fun new techniques. Cost: $27

Photographing Holiday Lights on Sunday, Dec. 6; 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Instructor: Dave Kelly, DEK Photography

Learn how to utilize the settings on your camera for beautiful photos of the holiday lights. Cost: $60


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