Garden Lights Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden Announces Attractions

Atlanta Botanical Garden is known for having some of the most innovative and beautiful events to lure Atlanta residents to their lush gardens. However, there is one event each year that easily tops them all. In case you haven't guessed, the event not-to-be-missed is their annual Garden Lights, Holiday Nights , which just revealed the attractions visitors can expect to see this year. Find out all the details below! Tickets for the Atlanta Botanical Garden's third annual Garden Lights, Holiday Nights go on sale to Garden members October 1 st and to the general public October 8 th . The spectacular holiday light show, open nightly from November 16 th - January 4 th , features 30 acres of both indoor and outdoor displays created with nearly 1.5 million lights - most energy-efficient LEDs.

New features this year include several personalities from the summer exhibition Imaginary Worlds: Plants Larger Than Life . Earth Goddess, the reigning grand dame of the exhibit's giant topiary-like sculptures, makes a quick costume change to become the light show's Ice Queen. Twinkling lights weave through her 25-foot-long tresses, and her face glows with wintry radiance and icy sparkle, nestled beside the Cascades Garden waterfalls. And what does a pair of majestic 15-foot tall snakes from Imaginary Worlds: Plants Larger Than Life wear for the holidays? Red and white stripes, of course! The Candy Cane Cobras welcome revelers and stand guard over the Alston Overlook. Green lights trace hypnotic patterns in both serpents' hoods. Also new this year, the Edible Garden sprouts a harvest of illuminated corn, not the result of genetic manipulation but of the Garden's electrical engineering.

Visitors will stroll through parallel rows of 6-foot-tall stalks featuring a bounty of sparkling ears. An arch of luminescent ladybugs guards the gateway from the Orchid Center into the Outdoor Kitchen, only allowing beneficial insects to pass. Also look for three ethereal dragonflies with moving wings shimmering brilliantly by the pool. Indoors, the Conservatory and Orchid Center continue the floral power with an extravaganza of poinsettias, amaryllis, orchids, and anthuriums. The stunning 24-foot-long, 9-foot-tall Poinsettia Wall returns in the Conservatory lobby with new colors and patterns. The towering live Poinsettia Tree holds court in the Orchid Center Atrium amidst a profusion of tropical flowers and foliage set at ground level. Expect your favorite plants as well as a few surprises. The Bear Family and loyal dog return as well - but designers are keeping mum on what they'll be wearing.

In addition, look for more of the spectacular outdoor light displays - towering cone trees, funky wrapped hardwoods, and the Great Lawn's grand musical finale - that have made Garden Lights, Holiday Nights Atlanta's much-anticipated in-town holiday tradition. Discounted tickets will be available beginning October 1 st for Garden members, with general admission tickets on sale starting October 8 th - available online, at Garden admissions, or by calling 1.855.454.6849 . To become a member, visit atlantabotanicalgarden.org . For more information about the author, Danielle Jennings, please visit my Google+ profile page.