The new Garden Lights, Holiday Nights show at the Atlanta Botanical Garden is something every family should experience this holiday season. Last night, I had the privilege to attend the #GardenLights Tweet Up at the garden, and I have to admit - a return trip with my family is being planned for sometime later this week. It is that good. To say that I was immediately blown away by the beautiful lights upon arrival is an understatement. With nearly 1 million - yes, MILLION - energy-efficient LED lights on display, the garden is decked out in green holiday style.
There is something for everyone at the Garden Lights show. While I enjoyed walking through the whimsical Seuss-like woodland area and listening to the strolling carolers, I'm sure my daughter would love the miniature train section, featuring Thomas the Train!
My absolute favorite part of the Garden Lights, Holiday Nights was the musical spheres and orbs at the Great Lawn. Designed by a rocket scientist especially for the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the nearly 200 lighted spheres change color and 'dance' to the music. It certainly is a unique concept that is sure to delight the entire family.
Take a walk through the Conservatory building to see even more beauty. While I was unable to capture the display on my camera, I am almost certain that there has not been a camera invented that would do this exhibit justice!
The 18-foot poinsettia tree is really lovely, and would make the perfect backdrop to those holiday family photos. And hey - no garden is complete without some type of sculpted shrubbery, right? Check out these cute Christmas bears that were hanging out in the Conservatory building:
Aren't they just adorable?
Take a stroll through the Edible Gardens to see some very delightful pollinating insects, like bees, butterflies, and more! The scent of fresh, live herbs hangs in the air, and in combination with the colorful lights, provides the perfect ambiance for a stroll through the garden. Who needs Santa Claus when you can get a picture of Santa Mantis?
And here I am in the Edible Garden, hanging out with a winged insect: The show runs nightly through January 7, 2010 from 5-10 pm. It is closed on December 24 and 31, so plan accordingly. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate, and are as follows:
$18.95 Adult / $12.95 Child (age 3-12) / Children under 3 are free
I highly recommend Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Whether you simply want to take your family to see some holiday lights or just want a place to relax with the family and make s'mores, the Atlanta Botanical Garden has everything you need to make your holiday experience a delight.