Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, at 6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont, is worth the short drive from Charlotte, especially during the Christmas season.
From November 29th, 2019, through January 5th, 2020, with the exception of Christmas Day, the light displays will start at 5 p.m. and continue through 9 p.m.
The garden’s daytime hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be closed from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Please keep reading for some new information on special promotions and discounts.
The light display is beautiful. It is integrated into the garden, and makes the fountains, trees and landscape magical.
Holidays at the Garden is bigger and better than ever! You’ll discover new displays, more lights than ever before and fun for the whole family. Experience an all-new musically-orchestrated topiary display, wander through the the new illuminated prairie garden (coming this fall), explore the extended lights of fire and ice in the perennial gardens, view an expanded display of quaint buildings from Department 56’s Dickens’ Village Series® and more.
Visitors will enjoy annual traditions including the towering orchid tree, live music Friday through Sunday evenings, holiday shopping in The Garden Store, crackling fires to warm cold hands or roast a marshmallow, an activity for children, warm beverages, and more. Model train displays built by the Metrolina Model Railroaders can be found throughout the Garden.
New this year, North Carolina artist Patrick Dougherty’s latest interactive Stickwork sculpture will be on display throughout the holiday season. Using minimal tools and a simple technique of bending, interweaving, and fastening together twigs and branches, he creates works of art inseparable with nature and the landscape. With a dazzling variety of forms seamlessly intertwined with their context, his sculptures evoke fantastical images of nests, cocoons, cones, castles, and beehives.
Santa Claus will be available for professional photos with families on Dec. 2, 9 and 16 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. (additional fee, reservations required).
Santa will also be available Tuesday through Thursday from Dec. 2 – 19 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for personal photos (no fee). Mrs. Claus will visit the Garden Friday through Sunday from Nov. 29 to Dec. 22 in addition to Christmas Eve from 6 to 8 p.m.
A sensory-friendly Santa visit will be available on Tuesdays, December 3rd, 10th, and 17th, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Advance reservations are required.
Food service will be available every night in addition to beverages including coffee, hot chocolate, cider, beer, wine and other spirits.
Admission to Holidays at the Garden
- Adult: $16.95 ($14.95 in advance)
- Senior 60+ $14.95 ($12.95 in advance)
- Child 2-12: $8.95 ($7.95 in advance)
- Child Under 2: Free
- Adult: $18.95 ($16.95 in advance)
- Senior 60+: $16.95 ($14.95 in advance)
- Child 2-12: $9.95 ($8.95 in advance)
- Child under 2: Free
Discounts and Promotions
Visit with the Garden Ice Princess
December 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th, during Holidays in the Garden.
No extra cost.
Wednesdays, December 11th, December 18th, and January 1st
Holidays at the Garden admission at the door for college students, faculty and staff. Buy one admission, get a second admission of equal or lesser value for free with a college ID.
Ugly Sweater Day
Friday, December 20th
Wear a holiday sweater and receive 50% off your Holiday at the Garden admission at the door.
Children wearing pajamas on Christmas Eve receive 50% off Holidays at the Garden admission at the door.