On select nights from Nov. 23, 2022 through Jan. 8, 2023 the State Botanical Garden of Georgia at the University of Georgia in Athens is transformed at night into a wonderland of twinkling lights and dazzling displays.
The winter light show, presented by the UGA Office of the President, follows a half-mile fully accessible trail down Candy Cane Lane, past creatures stirring and shimmering snowflakes, through a tunnel of multicolored lights, through a cone tree forest and into a holiday market.
Along the way, visitors can roast marshmallows for s’mores over an open fire, and enjoy rich hot chocolate or cold refreshments.
Don’t leave without buying a Condor Chocolates Winter WonderBar, created especially for Winter WonderLights, with a portion of the proceeds going toward education and conservation programs at the State Botanical Garden.
Winter WonderLights was recently named the best local event in Athens in the Athens Banner-Herald Best of the Best Awards.
- Tickets are only available for purchase online at wonderlights.uga.edu
- Visitors 4 years and older – $15
- Friends of the Garden and groups of more than 20 people – $13.50
- Visitors 3 years and under – Free
Free parking for the light show is available at the nearby women’s sports complex located at 2330 S. Milledge Ave. Athens, Ga. 30605. Buses will shuttle ticket holders to and from the garden entrance. The first shuttle bus leaves the parking area at 5:25 p.m.
VIP parking at the State Botanical Garden is available for an additional cost and must be purchased online when you purchase tickets for the event. Be sure the date you select for parking matches the date of your tickets.
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