Beginning this weekend, the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas will transform into a dazzling winter wonderland when the sun goes down – Southern California style! More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora of this fantastic 37-acre urban oasis each evening from 5 – 9 p.m. for a magical holiday experience.

Bring the family and experience the magic as you wander down the illuminated paths of 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, from Dec. 2 – 23 and 26 – 30, is SDBG’s annual gift to the community. 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, hot coffee, and treats will be available. Family-friendly activities include holiday crafts, marshmallow roasting, visits with Santa, and more.

Sunday – Thursday
Members: $10
Seniors, active military, and students: $10
Non-members: $15
Children ages 3-12: $5

Fridays and Saturdays
Members, seniors, military: $10
Non-members: $20
Youth: $5

Tickets are available at the Welcome Center at the SD Botanic Garden on the evening of visitation. For more information go to