Experience Enchanting Christmas Garden Lights at Atlanta Botanical Gardens

The spectacular light display at Atlanta Botanical Gardens is bigger and better than ever! The outdoor walking adventure provides wonderful family memories and may be the start of a new Christmas tradition for many first time visitors. Sightseers may explore themed areas including Glittering Galaxy, Orchestral Orbs, Model Trains and Radiant Rainforest. Younger visitors will enjoy the giant butterflies, frogs, shaggy dog and unicorn from the Imaginary Worlds display.

Children of all ages with delight at the holiday model train display. The G-scale trains move along six tracks in a natural botanical landscape. The trains cross bridges, travel through tunnels and chug along railroad trestles. Employees have decorated the landscape with a train depot and other buildings. Take a ride on the Botanical Express Ride on Train to complete the experience.

Bring a camera to take a picture keepsake with Santa Claus to document the sparkling winter wonderland event. Visitors will not want to miss the Art of Food Gallery Exhibit at the Fuqua Orchid Center during the garden tour. Artwork may be purchased at the Garden Gift Shop with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. The amphibian specialists at the Fuqua Conservatory will be glad to answer questions concerning the frogs that call the Atlanta Botanical Gardens home.

Visitors should bundle up for the outdoor tour and strollers are welcome for younger children. To avoid a long wait at the gate, advanced tickets are recommended. The Atlanta Botanical Gardens does not allow food or beverages to be brought into the gardens. Consider dining at The Cafe at Linton’s in the Garden. Chef Linton Hopkins, a prestigious James Beard Award winner, offers tasty dishes created with fresh local ingredients. A children’s menu is available. However, during the Christmas holidays it is recommended that patrons call ahead for reservations. Directions, parking instructions and ticket ordering is available online.

*Photo courtesy of Atlanta Botanical Garden by Mark Chandler at Flickr’s Creative Commons.



A traveler at heart, the writer enjoys traveling all over the south and hopes to one day expand his destinations.


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