This Free-Admission Central Florida Garden Will Turn Into An Illuminated Wonderland Soon
Almost everyone can agree that one of the best things about the holidays is the lights; getting in the holiday spirit in Florida would be hard without them after all. Those looking for free places to see Christmas lights in Florida this Holiday season can add The Florida Botanical Gardens to their list.
The Holiday Lights in the Garden event returns for its 19th year to The Florida Botanical Gardens, with a sea of 1 million LED lights illuminating their gardens, with their newly built Wetlands Walkway joining this year's event. You can wander winding trails all while soaking up all that holiday splendor. They'll even have laser lights illuminating the night.
The lights aren't the only thing awesome about this event. You'll be able to indulge in scrumptious snacks & drinks — we hope there's hot cocoa. Nightly performers that will rotate throughout the event's season, and they are currently accepting volunteers looking to showcase their talents.
You might also stress out a little when it comes to holiday gift shopping or like to put it off until last minute (guilty). Maybe you'll find something that makes a great gift from their Botanical Bounty Gift Shop in the main plaza or the cutest seasonal decor inside of the main building. Both will be open nightly.
If you happen to have little ones, kids can even visit Santa who pops in periodically up through December 23rd, just call ahead to see if he had to return to the North Pole to help the elves make toys. Or you can take your pupper to see Santa since The Florida Botanical Gardens are pet-friendly.
The best part? This is a Christmas Lights festival that won't hurt the wallet. Admission to the Florida Botanical Gardens is free year-round; a $5 donation per person 13+ is suggested to help keep the grounds beautiful for years to come but is not required.
Holiday Lights in the Garden will run from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. nightly starting Friday, November 29th. The last day to get your Christmas light fix will be Saturday, Jan. 4th, 2020. We're already dreaming of the lights, even if it won't be a white Christmas in the Sunshine State.
An overview of the event's details can be seen below. If you're looking for more breathtaking holiday vibes, the world's largest Christmas light maze will take over St. Pete this Winter — and they even have ice skating and snow; but if you aren't quite ready for Christmas yet, you can still ring in the spooky season with an awesome Zombie Apocalypse Lasertag Experience, try to escape from an undead infested ship, or go to a boozy adults-only science night at the Orlando Science Center this October.
19th Annual Holiday Lights In The Garden
Price: FREE — a $5 donation is suggested, but not required
When: Friday, Nov. 29, 2019 through Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. It will be open every evening between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.Standard park hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Address: 12520 Ulmerton Rd. Largo, FL 33774
Why You Need To Go: Enjoy the beauty and magic of holiday lights in the garden as you wander its winding paths. Free admission year-round for something to do without breaking the bank, but a $5 donation is suggested to help keep the gardens beautiful. Pet-friendly if you want to bring Fido along.
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