Garden of Lights at San Diego Botanic Garden


If you have never been to the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas, you’re missing out. The Botanic Garden is 37 acres (see map) of amazing beautiful plants and landscapes. The Garden also includes several incredibly unique play, relax and view areas, including a massive tree house, lookout tower, sand pit, interactive toy-boat river, model train display, pond, waterfall and more. Normal operating hours are 9am – 5pm, daily.

Every December, during certain weeks, the San Diego Botanic Garden sets up for their annual Garden of Lights. From 5pm 9pm, the San Diego Botanic Garden transforms into a dazzling winter wonderland with over 100,000 sparkling lights that illuminate the Garden.


Additional activities include:

Children’s Crafts – Crafts are available each night in the Ecke Building
Visits with Santa – Available each night through December 23
Marshmallow Roasting – Available each night in the Lawn area
Food by Divine Fresh – Delicious traditional Greek selections (Falafel, Gyros, Kebabs, soups and sweets) served a-­-la-­-carte or full meals as well as traditional fare: coffee, hot cocoa, spiced cider, hot dogs and s’mores are available on the Lawn House Patio.
Sled Hill with Real Snow – Note: The snow forecast is a “Best Guess” prediction based on information available at the time of posting. All snow activity days are dependent upon the current weather conditions and subject to change.
Mulled Wine – Note: availability is subject to ABC approval

Garden of Lights

The 2014 Garden of Lights runs from Dec 6 – Dec 23 and Dec 26 – Dec 30, 5pm – 9pm. For more information, visit:

For DISCOUNTED tickets, visit the North County Deals website
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