The Garden glows with holiday spirit from the twinkling trees to the sparkling fountains and is transformed into a natural winter wonderland filled with unique festive décor including a towering tree of orchids, more than 600,000 lights, and illuminated displays.
Each night visitors will enjoy live music, holiday shopping in The Garden Store, crackling fires to warm cold hands or roast a marshmallow, and the Children’s Holiday Discovery Trail of activities. Model train displays created by the Metrolina Model Railroaders can be found throughout the Garden.
Horse-drawn carriage rides will be available from Southern Breezes Carriages from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday through Dec. 31 and also Dec. 18-20. Carriage rides are $6/adult, $4/child 3-10, and free for children under 3. The Garden Tram will be available for rides on evenings when the carriages are not available and rides are free with admission from 6 to 9 p.m.
Mrs. Claus will visit the Garden from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 27 – 29, Dec. 4-6, 11-13, and 18-24. Santa will only be available during Capture the Magic with Santa and pre-registration and the purchase of a professional photograph package and Holidays at the Garden admission are required.
Food service will be available every night in addition to beverages including coffee, hot chocolate, beer, wine and more.
A special thank you to sponsors including David Belk Cannon Foundation, Duke Energy, Gaston Travel & Tourism, and K104.7.