Spend an evening strolling though the winter wonderland at the San Diego Botanical Garden. The Garden of Lights is the perfect seasonal activity and will take place from now until Dec. 23 and then will be open again on Dec. 26 to the 30th, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Garden of Lights features over 100,000 holiday lights, which illuminate and twinkle throughout the garden. Visitors are able to stroll through the garden at their own pace, and take which ever path they please. There will also be horse drawn carriage rides, which will take visitors through the lower part of the garden. The wagon rides are only available on select days, including Dec. 21 through Dec. 23 and the Dec. 27 through Dec. 30.
Santa will be at the Gazebo, which is decorated with hundreds of lights, where he will be greeting visitors of any age and providing the perfect photo opportunity. Santa will only be in the garden from now until Dec. 23. Just across the lawn live music will fill visitors with holiday cheer from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every night of the Garden of Lights event.
Visitors can stay warm while listing to the holiday music as they roast marshmallows by the campfire. The Coffee Hit will offer hot chocolate and coffee, as well as all the supplies needed to make the perfect s’mores. For the adults there will be delicious, spiced, hot mulled wine, which can be purchased in the Lawn House Garden. Also offered in the lawn house garden is catered food for purchase.
For visitors that are dreaming of a white Christmas, there will be snow at the garden on Dec. 26 and Dec. 28, weather permitting. Visitors are asked to bring their own disc or sled, but no metal runners will be allowed.
Over in the Ecke Building, which is home to the Nutcracker Exhibit that has over 50 nutcrackers on display, children will be invited to create unique holiday crafts to take home with them. Between Dec. 26 and Dec. 30 there will be a nightly puppet show offered there. Some of the activates do have additional fees.
Admission to the garden is $8 for Members, $14 for adults, $10 for seniors, active military and students. Children 2-12 are $6 and all children under two are free.