If you thought leisurely strolls through breathtaking gardens were strictly reserved for summer, think again. Ontario's Royal Botanical Gardens' Rock Garden will be transformed, yet again, into a completely captivating oasis of lights this winter. The garden is a beautiful destination in any season, but there's something extra special about it when the snow hits.

The Royal Botanical Garden Winter Lights at the Rock Garden, which is located just over an hour outside of Toronto in Hamilton, Ontario, will have your holiday spirit soaring through the roof this season.*

This enchanting sight is just one part of the garden's holiday tradition events that are happening throughout the winter. Though, if you ask us, the Rock Garden event is truly the highLIGHT of it all. And, with additional entertainment, food, drinks, and an old-fashioned Christmas train exhibit, there's so much more to enjoy than just the light displays.

Just imagine sipping on a boozy bevy and munching on some tasty snacks as you wander through thousands of sparkling Christmas lights. Sounds perfect, right?

So, if you're looking to pack your holiday season with as much charm and Insta-worthy opportunities as possible, you have to add this magical winter garden experience to your winter bucket list ASAP.

Tickets for the event are available for purchase both online and at the door, although they are cheaper online at just $10 instead of $15.

In addition to the lights, the Rock Garden Cafe will be serving light snacks and beverages to keep you warm on your walk.

Of course, you can't leave the garden without first visiting the incredible model train display located inside the Stipe Garden House.

The train travels through four seasons and is an adorable way to learn a little Canadian train history.

Other holiday tradition events include an adorable breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus, North Pole adventures, and a boozy fest-of-ales, which you can learn more about on the RBG website.

*This story has been updated.

Winter Lights at the Rock

Price: $10-$15

When: Weekends from December 6, 2019, until January 2, 2020

Address: 1185 York Blvd., Hamilton, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can wander through thousands of enchanting lights while sipping on a boozy bevy to get yourself in high spirits this season.


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