Atlanta Botanical Garden gets festive for the holidays with nearly 2 billion lights for their annual Garden Lights, Holiday Nights!
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights is one of the most popular holiday light displays in Atlanta. Once you see the Ice Goddess covered in twinkling lights and the dancing Nature’s Wonders displays, you’ll see why this is one of Atlanta’s favorite holiday traditions!
Here’s everything you need to know about attending this year’s Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Experience Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
Nearly 2 billion light bulbs cover the grounds of Atlanta Botanical Garden for Garden Lights, Holiday Nights.
The special exhibits of Garden Lights, Holiday Nights this year are a 144-foot-long wintery white skynet, an even bigger flock of illuminated metal birds and deer, and the return of White Rabbit to the Skyline Garden pond.
You’ll also get to experience the spectacular Nature’s Wonders display featuring a forest of 1,600 synchronized light strings dancing in time with music in Storza Woods; this is said to be the world’s largest curtain of synchronized light and sound.
And the Gardens have transformed their famous “Earth Goddess” into an “Ice Goddess” covered in colorful twinkling lights.
Other highlights include the Tunnel of Lights that’s a rainbow of fun; the elaborate miniature world of Model Trains; the gorgeous Twinkling Terrace with carolers; the dancing Orchestral Orbs on the Great Lawn; and the effervescent Glittering Gallery. It’ll be interesting to see what delights await us this year!
You can also purchase 3-D hologram glasses for $2 that put fun shapes inside the lights. We bought the gingerbread man glasses, and they were so much fun, I’m still wearing them around the house!
Dining at Garden Lights
During Garden Lights, Holiday Nights, the Longleaf Restaurant is open for dinner each night from 5 p.m. — 10 p.m. with last seating at 9:45 p.m. You can make reservations for dining on OpenTable, and walk-in seating is extremely limited and may be unavailable on certain nights.
There is also a nightly snack bar and s’mores open from 5 p.m. — 10:30 p.m., and the Quick Café is open for counter service on Sunday-Thursday from 5 p.m. — 8 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 5 p.m. — 9 p.m.
Small drink carts are located throughout the Garden.
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights Details
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden is on display nightly from 5 p.m. — 10 p.m. starting November 18, 2023 through January 14, 2024. The event is even open on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year!
The holiday light show is rain or shine — and we went in the rain one year, and the rain didn’t dim the fun one bit!
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights Price
Ticket price depends on what night you go, whether it’s a Value Night, Regular Night, or Peak Night. Get the complete pricing chart here.
- On Value Nights, tickets cost $27.95 for adults and $24.95 for children age 3 to 12.
- For Regular Nights, tickets cost $37.95 for adults and $34.95 for children.
- And on Peak Nights, tickets cost $47.95 for adults and $44.95 for children.
You can upgrade to a Flex Ticket for an extra $10. This allows you reschedule the date of your visit if needed.
Premium Tickets include hologram glasses, a drink ticket, and express entry. These tickets cost a $15 upcharge from their corresponding night pricing.
Premium+ Tickets include flexibility, no time restriction, a lighted bulb necklace, a holiday treat, hologram glasses, a drink ticket, and express entry. These tickets cost $149 for adults and $139 for children no matter what date.
Garden Members save $5 on all General and Premium tickets.
Parking for Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
The Atlanta Botanical Garden shares its parking deck with Piedmont Park, so parking may be limited. But the parking deck fills and empties in waves, so you may be able to wait a few minutes for a spot to open up.
Parking for Garden Lights, Holiday Nights costs $10.
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