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Garden Lights flips on with hot new colors to warm up the season!


The fourth annual electrical extravaganza features spectacular light displays throughout the Garden. Come back to explore all new color schemes and the one-time-only appearance of giant Butterflies, a Unicorn, Frogs and Shaggy Dog from Imaginary Worlds.

Favorites such as the Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest, and Model Trains continue to make the exhibition a must-see holiday tradition.

November 15 – January 3
5 – 10 p.m.

The Orchestral Orbs light up the night!Glow in the Radiant Rainforest.Roast s'mores over a toasty fire.

Take a journey around the holiday model train garden!

G-scale choo choo trains and a holiday trolley chug along six tracks in an imaginary, beautifully planted mountain landscape. They emerge from tunnels, cross bridges over rippling water, and soar across trestles. Small towns, train stops, and other structures dot the landscape. The trains depart during regular daytime hours and at night during Garden Lights.*


After exploring the model trains take a ride on the Botanical Express Ride-on-Train!

*Trains may not run during inclement weather.

November 15 - January 3

The model trains return for new adventures!Take a journey around the holiday model train garden!

LAGERQUIST GALLERY presents an exhibition of original art focusing on the integral part food plays in our lives. Food enriches both the body and the soul. The joy of cooking and sharing the results becomes an important element of our everyday lives, our family holiday traditions and special occasions. Food, whether homemade comfort food for a crowd, an extravagant gourmet experience or an intimate dinner for two, is the common thread that unites and creates life long memories. Bon Appétit!

Founded in 1971 LAGERQUIST GALLERY is Atlanta’s oldest fine art gallery representing established as well as emerging artist from across the United States.

To purchase artwork, please visit the Garden Gift Shop. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of artwork benefits the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

November 15 - January 4

Visitors are invited to take a stroll with a knowledgeable volunteer guide to discover interesting insights about the Garden and what's in bloom.

Free with Garden admission. Meet in the Hardin Visitor Center five minutes prior to tour time.

Groups of 10 or more qualify for groups pricing, but must register at least 2 weeks in advance to receive the discount.

Group Ticket Information

Tuesdays - Fridays
1:30 p.m.

All aboard The Botanical Express! The popular children's Ride-on-Train is set to depart on a journey in the Garden.

$3 per passenger*
Tickets sold in the Hardin Visitor Center

Train Schedule
Saturday - Sunday, November 22 -23
Saturday - Sunday, November 29 - 30
Saturday - Sunday, December 6 - 7
Saturday - Sunday, December 13 - 14
Saturday - Tuesday, December 20 - 21
Daily, December 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28

Don't miss a stop at the Holiday Model Train Show to watch G-scale trains and a holiday trolley chug through an imaginary, beautifully planted landscape.

*Children under 3 must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. The Ride-on-Train does not run during inclement weather.

Weekends & Select Weekdays
November 22 - December 28
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Meet Saint Nick clad in his dark green robe and botanical head wreath. Bring a camera to take your own photos. 

Free with Garden Admission or Membership

Saturdays, November 29 - December 20
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Drop by the Fuqua Conservatory lobby to watch the conservation team tend to the rare and endangered amphibians on display at the Garden. The frogs jump into action when presented with their meal, and the amphibian specialist is available to answer questions about these captivating creatures.

On Saturday mornings a public frog feeding allows visitors the opportunity to observe one of the most interesting aspects of these amphibians - their feeding behavior. Most frogs have long sticky tongues that shoot out from their mouths at food. Some, like Poison Frogs, are able to do this with such incredible speed and accuracy that all visitors notice are flies disappearing. Others, like the Splendid Leaf Frog, are dramatic feeders and hardly use their tongues at all, but rather grab the cricket with their large hands and stuff it right in their mouths.

Watch the Frogs in Action on YouTube!

Saturdays, 11 a.m.

Join the once-a-year fun of dogs in the Garden. Dress your pooch in holiday finery to compete for prizes with celebrity judges or to just show off.

Enjoy Pup Tent refreshments, Photos with Saint Nick, and connect with local canine enthusiasts and businesses in the Doggie Expo. The first 100 pre-registered participants to arrive receive a special Wag-Bag of gifts. Don't have a dog? Come enjoy the show!

Register Your Dog

Rules & Guidelines

Questions About the Parade?

The cost, in addition to regular human entry, is $15 per dog in advance or $18 per dog at the door. Regular Garden admission applies for humans and handlers. Guest passes and membership cards are accepted for human entry. Walk-up dogs may not compete for prizes or participate in the parade.

December 6
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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