Through January 6th, the 30-acre Atlanta Botanical Gardens will twinkle with 2 million bulbs for the Garden Lights display. Popular exhibits include the Walk of Flames in the Tunnel of Light, musically synchronized Orchestral Orbs, the Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest, and a magnificent assortment of model trains.
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The 25 foot tall Ice Goddess is reminiscent of Te Fiti from Disney’s Moana, but with hair of glittering light strands. The serene statue is one of the most eye catching parts of the holiday stroll. Being immersed in the lights by exploring on foot makes for a much more involved experience; just be sure to check the weather and bundle up. The show goes on rain or shine, so account for that too.
Being in the heart of midtown, there’s no shortage of places to eat, but the Gardens has a fantastic restaurant, Longleaf, with dishes prepared by Atlanta chef, Linton Hopkins. Southern artisan fare like chicken pot pie and shrimp and grits are part of the short, but delicious menu. During peak days it gets crowded, but you can also lounge at an outdoor bar with views of the Atlanta skyline.
This year will also introduce new displays, including the Skylights Lounge in the Skyline Garden, and feature several of the giant topiary-like sculptures from this summer’s popular mosaiculture exhibition, “Imaginary Worlds: Once Upon a Time”.
New additions come to the Garden Lights every year, and this time around, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens welcomes Nature’s Wonders. A high tech, synchronized light show, the new display features 1,600 strings of lights, and over 70,000 LED bulbs over Storza Woods.
Extras like hologram glasses, train rides and drink tickets can be added to your visit. On select days, Santa himself will be making appearances and taking Christmas lists! This is one of the very best Christmas events in Atlanta, and the earlier you go, the better. It will only get more and more crowded, because it’s that awesome!
The Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Address: 1345 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30309
Dates: November 17, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Time: Nightly from 5 – 11 p.m