After the sun goes down in December, the San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) in Encinitas is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland! Bring the family and experience the magic as 100,000 sparkling lights illuminate several spectacular gardens, 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.

Join in the fun that includes horse-drawn wagon rides winding through several of the Garden’s enchanting four-miles of trails. Enjoy marshmallow roasting, live music and an assortment of holiday refreshments including hot mulled wine (on select evenings) and even snow (also falling on select evenings). The holidays wouldn’t be complete without a visit with Santa, who makes a special guest appearance at the garden again this year.

The Garden of Lights takes place each evening from 5 to 9 p.m., from December 6 through the 23 and Dec. 26 through the 30. For more information visit or call 760-436-3036.  The cost to attend is $8 for members, $10 for active military and students, $14 for non-members, and $6 for children ages 3 through 12. There will be additional fees for some activities. The Garden of Lights is presented by the County of San Diego and is sponsored by Rush Press, Shea Homes, and Arctic Glacier (in-kind).