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Garden of Lights at San Diego Botanic Garden

December 2-23 and 26-30, 5-9pm
We’re Giving Away Tickets!

After the sun goes down in December, the San Diego Botanic Garden transforms into a dazzling winter wonderland. More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora of this fantastic 37-acre urban oasis on select December nights from 5 to 9pm. Visit Santa from Dec 2 to 23.

Garden of Lights has events and activities for all ages. There is nightly entertainment, including local blues and jazz bands, as well as delicious food from Red Oven Artisanal Pizza and Pasta, and hot coffee and treats from the Feel Good Coffee Cart. Numerous family-friendly activities are also part of the festivities, including horse-drawn wagon rides (select evenings), holiday crafts, spin art, visits with Santa, holiday carolers, snow for sledding (select evenings), and a nutcracker display. Unique plant-related gift items are on sale in the Gift Shops, in addition to cork purses, garden-themed jewelry, hats, aprons, candles and garden art.

Tickets for Garden of Lights are available at the Welcome Center at the San Diego Botanic Garden on the evening of visitation. There are no advance ticket sales available at the garden or online. Admission is $5 for children, $10 for members, seniors and military personnel, and $20 for non-members. There are additional fees for some activities.

San Diego Botanic Garden is located at 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. For more information visit

Win tickets!

Enter our ticket giveaway to win a pair of tickets to Garden of Lights. Visit and fill in the simple entry form. Ticket winners will be randomly selected and contacted by phone and email. Only one entry per person/email is permitted. Must be 18 years or older to enter contest. Best of luck, and see you over the holidays at San Diego Botanic Garden!