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Garden of Lights 2013

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 San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Garden Drive, Encinitas, CA 92023  See map
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The San Diego Botanic Garden brings your favorite elements of the winter season all to one location. Leave the hustle and bustle of the malls behind and enjoy a relaxing evening strolling through the lighted Garden. The San Diego Botanic Garden is a dazzling winter wonderland filled with over 100,000 sparkling lights illuminating the Garden for a magical holiday experience. Adding to the sparkle is the “Poinsettia Garden,” festively decorated with many varieties of poinsettias.

Live music fills the air nightly from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. One night there will be the Peace on Earth Christmas Carolers, while another night features lively Mariachis. *A complete lineup will be released in November.

Got Snow? WE DO! It will be snowing at the Garden December 7, 9, 11, 26, and 28. Please bring your own disc or sled (no metal runners please). Weather permitting.

A team of beautiful Blonde Belgian draft horses will provide wagon rides through the lower area of the Garden on December 14, 15, 18 – 23, and 27 - 30.

Santa will greet young and old alike each night from December 7 - 23 from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, 
in the brightly lit Gazebo, providing a terrific photo opportunity.


Guests can stay warm at the campfire while roasting marshmallows. There will also be hot mulled wine in the Lawn House Garden for purchase, and the Coffee Hut will be offering hot coffee and cocoa, and supplies to make s'mores to enhance your marshmallow roasting experience.

Food provided daily by Divine Fresh Foods serving Gyros, Kabobs, Soups and Salads and Baklava!

A variety of special holiday crafts that children can create to take home.

Nutcracker Exhibit displaying a collection of over 50 Nutcrackers.

"Alice and Friends at the Holidays", a display of gourd figures of Alice in Wonderland characters from the original book.



After December 25 when Santa will have departed back to the North Pole, we will have a rotating International Program of Puppet Productions in the Ecke Building.

  • Dec. 26 "Harambee", an African folktale in honor of Kwanza about family working together.
  • Dec. 27 and 28 "Little Blue and the Trees" from Europe on friendship about birds and why trees lose their leaves in winter.
  • Dec. 29 and 30 “The Emperor's Choice”: an Asian folktale about seeds and the value of honesty (includes the appearance of large "Gourdeous" green /gold dragon).

Senior Group Visits

  • Special Group Rates $7 per person
    (30% savings off regular admissions price)
  • Reserved Bus Parking
  • Complimentary Group Photo for Each Participant
  • Discounts on Mulled Wine, Hot Cocoa and Spiced Cider
  • Call 760-436-3036 x201 to make a reservation

Admission prices:
Members: $8 
Non-members: Adults $14; Seniors, Active Military & Students $10 
All Children 3-12: $6 
Children 2 and under: FREE 
Parking: FREE

Some activities require additional fees.


Music Line Up
6-8pm 

Saturday 7 – Chef Elizabeth's River Rim Children's Choir

Sunday 8
 – Terry Omore- Encore Youth Theatre Holiday Stars

Monday 9
 – Tom Gates- 'Jungle' Bells

Tuesday 10
 – Carlsbad Caroleers

Wednesday 11
– Happy Holidays from the Silverwood Duo

Thursday 12
 – TBA

Friday 13
 – Raggle Taggle- A Celtic Holiday celebration

Saturday 14 – Mariachi Imperial de San Diego wishing you Happy Holidays

Sunday 15 – Jimmer Bolden Trio- A Jazzy Christmas

Monday 16
 – The mellow guitar & vocal sounds of 'JJ' Jenkins

Tuesday 17 
– Evon Romero Dance Group

Wednesday 18
 – Peace on Earth Carolers- A Victorian Christmas

Thursday 19
 – Rockin' Cranberries

Friday 20
 – Jimmer Bolden wishing you Jazzy Holidays

Saturday 21
 – A Latin Holiday with Con Alma

Sunday 22
 – Enjoy a Brassy holiday with The Nativitrio

Monday 23
 – Raggle Taggle- A Celtic Holiday celebration

Closed Christmas Day

Thursday 26 – The mellow guitar & vocal sounds of 'JJ' Jenkins

Friday 27
 – TBA

Saturday 28
 – Cuban Holidays

Sunday 29
 – Len Rainey- Bluesey Holidays

Monday 30
 – Deijha Marie & Kamau Kenyatta


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