Festival of Lights Returns to McKee Botanical Garden

The garden's palms, exotic plants, trees, waterfalls, and historic landmarks will all be aglow December 15-30

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McKee Botanical Garden’s annual Festival of Lights is open to the public beginning December 15. Photo by JPR Images
McKee Botanical Garden’s annual Festival of Lights is open to the public beginning December 15. Photo by JPR Images

Brighten up your holidays during McKee Botanical Garden’s annual Festival of Lights.

McKee will host a members-only preview on December 13 and 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. both days. The event will be open to the public December 15-17, December 19-22, and December 28-30, from 6 to 8 p.m. nightly. The last admission is at 7:30 p.m. each night.

The garden’s palms, exotic plants, trees, waterfalls, tranquil streams, and historic Hall of Giants and Spanish Kitchen will all be illuminated with thousands of professionally installed LED lights, festive holiday decorations, and lighted displays. Local school and church groups and other vocalists will lend their talents to the Festival of Lights.

Guests will enjoy outdoor classic holiday movies and treats from the Garden Café. Back by popular demand, the 1924 Wurlitzer Band Organ will be on display December 19 through December 22. The large-scale model train display will be showcasing new features and will be on display from December 19 through December 22, and December 28 through December 30.

Palms adorned with LED lights during McKee's Festival of Lights. Photo by JPR Images
Palms adorned with LED lights during McKee’s Festival of Lights. Photo by JPR Images

The garden will close at 5 p.m. and will reopen at 6 p.m. for these special events. Garden admission for the holiday events is a separate admission. Admission to Festival of Lights is $10-$15, and free for members and children aged 2 years and younger. Off-site parking and shuttle buses are located at 146 Vista Royale Boulevard.

For more information, visit mckeegarden.org.

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