December Nights &
Holiday Lights 2016
Select evenings from the day after Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve
Nov. 25 - 27 (Friday - Sunday)
Nov. 30 - Dec. 4 (Wednesday - Sunday)
Dec. 7 - 11 (Wednesday - Sunday)
Dec. 14 - 24 (nightly)
6 to 9 pm (weather permitting)
$10 per person (ages 13 and older)***
$5 per child 3 to 12 years
Infants (age 2 and under) FREE
***$5 Thursday 'Family' Nights (ages 3 to 103)
Cash or Credit Card (Visa, MC, Discover) accepted
December Nights & Holiday Lights encompasses at least six acres from the Visitor Center to our Rose Garden, Orchid House, Crapemyrtle Allee, White Garden and beyond! Enjoy well over 800,000 sparkling lights on select evenings. Note: Rain will cause our illuminated displays to fail, so we may have cancellations or early closings based on the weather forecast. It's best to come out during a stretch of fair weather rather than wait until the last few nights.
Embark on a casual self-guided leisurely walking tour through differently themed garden areas. View white reindeer among green-glistening timber bamboo, a snowflake-accented 18-foot holly Christmas tree, an allee of glistening multicolor trees, a rainbow arch-tunnel, the Orchid House roof aglow in red and green light, a Nativity scene with a deep blue background, white trumpeting angels in a bed of champagne gold lights, green and white lights around an illuminated fountain in the Rose Garden, giant red poinsettias, and a candy-inspired children's experience in our Cottage Garden for just a sampling.
We bring back the model train display under the Conference Center's cathedral ceiling. This choo-choo experience is presented by the Coastal Rail Buffs and is included in your Holiday Lights admission. New for 2016 is a Christmas terrace with lit trees, colorful live poinsettias and tapestry of red and green apples.
The majority of our Holiday Lights experience is stroller and wheelchair friendly (paths are brick pavers or compacted crushed granite). No pets, no weapons and no tobacco-products permitted during this special event on this University of Georgia property. And for the enjoyment and safety of all around the illuminated displays, please no flash photography or umbrellas.
Want to avoid crowds? The least crowded days to visit are on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The most crowded time to visit is between 7 and 8 pm. Come before 7 or after 8 for a little more elbow room. Friday nights and particularly Saturday nights are crowded, leading to long waits to find a parking spot and then at the admission tables.
If you're hankering for some sweet snacks, stop by Mrs. Claus' Kitchen. Local 4-H groups or other non-profits will have goodies and hot drinks for purchase (and all proceeds go to their various programs).