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when: Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 30, 2017 at 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
where: Encinitas, San Diego Botanic Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., San Diego, Ca
cost: $10 - $15/person
After the sun goes down in December, the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland – Southern California Style! More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora of this fantastic 37-acre urban oasis each evening for a magical holiday experience. Bring the family and enjoy the Garden at night as the lights illuminate several spectacular Garden areas, including the iconic Lawn Garden, Tropical Rainforest, Waterfall Deck, Undersea Succulent Garden, Eucalyptus Grove, Seeds of Wonder (children’s area) and Bamboo Garden, containing the nation’s largest collection of bamboo. Garden of Lights has events and activities that everyone in your family will enjoy. 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, will be available. Numerous family-friendly activities are also part of the festivities including: Horse-drawn wagon rides and snow for sledding (on selected evenings), holiday crafts, spin art, Nutcracker display, carolers and more! There will also be visits with Santa from Dec. 2-23. NOTE: There is no Garden of Lights on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Additional fees apply for some of the activities.