ATLANTA – Atlanta Midtown will never be the same now that Garden Lights, Holiday Nights – the city’s newest holiday tradition – is back to transform the Atlanta  Botanical Garden in Piedmont Park into a giant magical kaleidoscope. The light show plays nightly until January 5.

The holiday spectacle features more than one million lights – all LED bulbs or low-energy consuming products – that blanket the Garden’s 30 acres each evening from 5-10 p.m.

There are various gardens to see including the Cascades Garden featuring a spectacular icy cool vibe with the new Liquid Lights display featuring blue and white lighted fountain sprays and water curtains, and the “Starry Night Walk,” inspired by Van Gogh’s famous painting.


Children are delighted to meet  Lumina the Light Sprite, who flitters around the Garden.  Also new this year are enchanting, illuminated frog-elves – a.k.a. “frelves” – hidden along the paths teasing visitors to find them.

Look for a bejeweled dragonfly, dozens more lighted trees and shrubs in gorgeous unexpected color palettes, and plenty of high-tech wows indoors throughout the conservatories.  Don’t forget the Great Lawn’s “Orchestral Orbs” return this year with a frenetic topiary light show choreographed to holiday music.

Perennial favorites such as the “Glittery Galaxy,” the “Funky Forest,” Edible Garden’s “Brilliant Bugs,” and Conservatory’s tropical laser lights are all back by popular demand.

Don’t forget to check out the Holiday Model Train Show and look for the new Glow Bar, fire pits for roasting s’mores, and food and drink treats from MetroFresh in the Garden!

For ticket information, visit or call 1-855-GLHN TIX (1-855-454-6849).

Hint: GET THERE EARLY and purchase your tickets on line. When I attended on Wednesday there were long lines at the ticket booths but once inside, the show was well worth the wait! Tickets are different prices depending on what night you attend. Check the website for information. Happy Holidays.

Enjoy the pictures from my visit.


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