Tickets to the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Garden Lights, Holiday Nights lighting display are on sale now. The display will be open to the public Nov. 17 – Jan. 6.  CONTRIBUTED: ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN
Photo: Jason Getz/Jason Getz Photography
Photo: Jason Getz/Jason Getz Photography

‘Garden Lights’ returns to Botanical Garden: how to get tickets

Tickets to Garden Lights, Holiday Nights, the wildly popular winter-time attraction at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, are on sale now.

This year, among many colorful lighting installations, the garden will bring back its “Nature’s Wonders” exhibit, which drew raves from visitors when it was introduced in 2017.

The computer-controlled lights of “Nature’s Wonders” turned the Storza Woods into a 3-D psychedelic display, choreographed to classical music. 

Mary Pat Matheson, CEO of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, talks about two of her favorite spots in the garden during the annual Garden Nights, Holiday Lights exhibit. The exhibit is from Nov. 12 through Jan. 7. (Erica A. Hernandez/AJC)

The special effects created by synchronized sound and light are intended to create illusions of ocean waves, thunderstorms, snowfalls, rainbows, sunrises, sunsets, meteor showers and other phenomena.

“It’s something new for people to be excited about,” said Mary Pat Matheson, the garden’s president and CEO.

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, is a yearly winter-time light show.  Photo by / JASON GETZ
Photo: Jason Getz/Getz Images

Other familiar features of the seasonal lighting display will return, including the Great Lawn’s dancing “Orchestral Orbs,” towering cone trees, giant candles, the serene Ice Goddess and the “Tunnel of Light” – most of them with a new emphasis on cooler hues of green, blue and teal LED lights.

Some of the giant topiary-like sculptures from the “Imaginary Worlds” exhibit will also be illuminated as part of the holiday display.

This is the garden’s eighth annual light show, and it will be open to the public nightly, this year with expanded hours, from 5-11 p.m., Nov. 17 – Jan. 6.

Tickets will range from $14.95 to $39.95, and are available at the Botanical Garden ticket booth, or online at, or by phone at 404-585-2060.

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