1. Mark your calendars for October 1 when tickets go on sale at atlantabg.org. Look for a timed-ticketing system much like is used for visiting the Garden during regular daytime hours.
2. Look for all new colors – emphasizing purple, green and aqua – as the Garden purchases new LED lights every three years.
3. Check out your favorite giant plant sculptures from the current exhibition, Alice’s Wonderland Reimagined costumed in lights instead of annuals, such as the Red Queen, the White Rabbit and the Phoenix.
4. Don’t miss Ice Goddess’s new locks. Her chilly blues, silvers and whites have been warmed up in a nod to spring and the promise of hope.
5. Enjoy a new soundtrack at Nature’s Wonders, the vertical, musical light display descending over the Canopy Walk. Depictions of volcanic eruptions, summer thunderstorms and tranquil sunrises are choreographed with nostalgic classics.
6. Reminisce with perennial show favorites like the Great Lawn’s Orchestral Orbs. Be ready to capture those little ones dancing on video!
7. Grab a hot chocolate and head over to Alston Overlook for taking in the Holiday Model Trains.
8. Document your annual visit with that traditional photo in front of the Orchid Center’s Poinsettia Tree. Don’t blink and say “cheese”!
9. Toast the holidays with a libation in the Skylights Lounge while drinking in commanding views of the city.
10. Satisfy hungry appetites after all that walking with dinner at Longleaf restaurant (Reservations recommended).
For more information, visit atlantabg.org.
Garden Lights, Holidays Nights is presented with support from The Home Depot Foundation and Georgia Power.
The mission of the Atlanta Botanical Garden is to develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, research, conservation and enjoyment. The Garden, located at 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. For more information visit atlantabg.org or phone 404-876-5859.