Garden Lights, Holiday Nights debuted in 2011. Every holiday season the Garden becomes a twinkling outdoor winter wonderland featuring nearly 1 million energy-efficient bulbs. Garden Lights showcases enormous botanical-inspired light displays throughout the 30-acre Garden.
Unlike other area holiday light displays, this spectacular event allows visitors to meander among garden displays – including giant snowflakes, fleeting bumblebees, a towering “praying Santa mantis”, a harvest of illuminated corn behind an arch of luminescent ladybugs – while sipping hot drinks and listening to strolling carolers. In the Fuqua Conservatory, enjoy an exotic Poinsettia Wall outside the Radiant Rainforest, along with the grand Poinsettia Tree and the adorable Bear Family in the Fuqua Orchid Center.
Earth Goddess of Imaginary Worlds transforms into Ice Goddess – a vision of wintry radiance with twinkling lights weaving through her tresses. Red and white stripes turned the towering Cobras into hypnotic Candy Cane Cobras in 2013.
“This show has been in the planning stages for years because we wanted it to be unique and innovative – an elegant winter wonderland,” said Mary Pat Matheson, the Garden’s executive director. “The intent is to throw a sparkling veil over the landscape, transforming how people perceive gardens, particularly the trees.”
Continuing the Garden’s commitment to environmental sustainability, Garden Lights, Holiday Nights emphasizes low-energy LED lights throughout the displays.