photo by Rachel Cobb

Each night after the sun goes down, from Dec. 2 to 23 and 26 to 30, the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas will be transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland during the Garden of Lights. More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora of this fantastic 37-acre urban oasis each evening from 5 to 9 p.m. for a magical holiday experience.

The Garden of Lights has events and activities that everyone in your family will enjoy. Nightly entertainment including local blues and jazz bands, as well as holiday crafts, spin art, visits with Santa, Nutcracker displays, and horse-drawn wagon rides, snow for sledding, and holiday carolers on selected evenings. Food and treats will also be available. Come out and experience the holidays Southern California-style at San Diego Botanic Garden’s Garden of Lights! Tickets for the Garden of Lights are available at the Welcome Center at SDBG. There are no advanced ticket sales at the Garden or on the website. Admission for members is $8 ($10 on Friday and Saturday); for seniors, active military, and students $10; and non-members $15 ($20 on Friday and Saturday). For children ages 3 through 12, admission is $6 ($5 on Friday and Saturday). The Garden of Lights is presented by the County of San Diego.