Atlanta Botanical Garden: Garden Lights, Holiday Nights

Welcome to the 203rd Metamorphosis Monday!

Recently the Atlanta Botanical Garden went through an amazing metamorphosis.  Each year during the Christmas season, the gardens become a magical fairyland.  A lovely friend of mine works there as a volunteer and she invited me along for the opening night this year.  It truly was awe-inspiring and I’m taking you along, too!

Can you just imagine all the work that went into this beautiful display?

This stars/snowflakes floating in amidst the trees was one of my favorite parts of the light display.

So beautiful!  Pictures do not do it justice.  If you live within driving distance of Atlanta, I recommend you go if at all possible.  It’s so beautiful!

A view from the skywalk…

The garden is filled with more than 1 million lights!

Beautiful light in all colors, everywhere you look.

Garden Lights, Atlanta Botanical Gardens Holiday Nights

There are so many areas to see and each one is more beautiful than the last.

I loved walking underneath this beautiful lit canopy.

A poinsettia Christmas tree…

A whole wall of poinsettias…

The tropical rainforest was really dark and mysterious.  There were millions of teeny, tiny lights on the foliage inside.

Every now and then, the Emerald City would come into view.

Garden Lights, Atlanta Botanical Gardens Holiday Nights

I’m not much of a city girl, but this was an amazing view.   I’m running out of adjectives to describe all the beauty we saw.

Children were roasting marshmallows over fire-pits located in various places around the garden.

Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Garden Lights, Holiday Nights

There were some really cute indoor displays, as well.  Love these sweet topiaries.

Back outside in the garden, there’s whimsy everywhere you look.



The winter garden is growing well!


This display kept changing colors along with the music that was playing.  It was mesmerizing to watch.

Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Garden Lights, Holiday Nights


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  1. Thanks so much for sharing the beautiful Botanical Garden lights! So pretty! The whimsical topiaries and flowers are sure cute, too. Thanks again for hosting another wonderful link party!

  2. Susan, living here, never been to the gardens and that skyline in that shot is beautiful!

  3. What a fantastic and magical light display! Thanks for hosting!

  4. I LOVE all of the Christmas lights! Thanks so much for hosting another great party! Life to the full, Melissa

  5. Wow oh wow, what an amazing place!
    Thanks for sharing Susan, wish I lived close enough to go!

  6. Hi Susan! Thanks for the tour. My friend and I are going to see the lights on Wed. Your pictures are really great.

  7. Thanks so much Susan!! Oh what fun, to come linl up and party with you, It has been too long. I was so excited to come share on your beautiful blog. I hope you had a great weekend! If I don’t get a chance to say this at a later date, Merry Christmas!
    Hugs and Many Blessings,

  8. Oh that’s so pretty! I have been so busy running around I have not had time to enjoy any of the local Holiday events. We are leaving for Disney world tomorrow and am so excited to see it all done up for the holidays.
    Thanks for hosting again this week!

  9. Thank you including us on the tour! What a stunning display! That is one of the fun things about living in/near a big city.

  10. The Gardens are gorgeous, wish I’d had time to go there on our (flying) October trip to Atlanta. It was my first visit to the city and I fell in love with it, really beautiful – hoping to come back some day. Thanks for hostessing the party, I linked a post about the wildlife in our yard. Mary

  11. All those lights are amazing! Thanks for hosting πŸ™‚

  12. Barbara Anne says

    Wow! I think the British word “gobsmacked” would be descriptive about the wonder and delight of the glorious light displays in all of the many wonderful variations at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens! Thank you for taking us along!


  13. Susan – wow – absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Hi Susan! How beautiful! I love this time of year and all of the lights. Thank you for hosting and hope you’re doing well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ˜‰

  15. Oh, gosh, Susan, thank you so very much for taking time to share those great photos of the Christmas lights, etc. at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens! I probably won’t get to see it in person so your photos are a real treat to see. Thanks also for hosting your party for us!

  16. Just beautiful! DD2 and I will be taking her son to the local Zoolight Safari next week. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Wow! Thanks for sharing this lovely place with us. It truly is a Christmas extravaganza!!
    And, thanks for hosting!

  18. Hi Susan,
    This is beautiful!!! What a fun outing for you! We do something very similar in our town at Tanglewood Park called “Festival of Lights.” Our is a drive through exhibit, though. But it’s nice; everyone cuts on their parking lights (instead of full car lights) after passing the pay gate, and you drive through very slowly. It’s colorful and cheery. πŸ™‚

    Thank you for hosting Metamorphosis Monday and have a great day!


  19. Stunning! So much to see! I love the beautiful colorful lights, such a nice effect. Thanks for sharing, Susan. Happy Holidays!…Christine

  20. My Susan, That is so beautiful. Looks like Disney World. That makes for a magical family night out. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Ginger

  21. Absolutely stunning! Thank you for sharing!

  22. Atlanta’s Botanical Gardens are indeed a showplace, and these shots are outstanding.

  23. The Houston zoo is a similar Wonderland. It’s amazing the effort made to give so many of us a special holiday treat.

  24. OMG Susan, how gorgeous this is!! The Prospec Park Zoo in Brooklyn NYNew York is gorgeous like this, we used to love to visit it this time of year! I’m sure it’s even better now! Gorgeous images and thank you for sharing and for having me at MM. Happy Holiday Season.

  25. Thanks for the tour. You are inspiring me to take my parents and my kids to our botanical gardens next week…should be fun. Thanks for hosting! Have a great week.

  26. Sharon McMurray says

    Thanks for sharing …It’s beautiful! I love love love Christmas lights!

  27. That was so beautiful!! Thank you for the tour, it was inspiring! need to get the lights on my tree’s ASAP!
    Have a great week!


  28. Susan – what a beautiful tour! I have never seen a more wonderous and delightful Christmas light display! I can’t even imagine all the work it took to wind those strings of light onto each of those small branches!

    Makes me want to move to Atlanta so that I could experience this each year! πŸ™‚

    xoxo laurie

  29. rumanajaved09 says

    beauifull and amazing pics thanks for sharing

  30. Thank you so much for sharing such gorgeous decorated gardens with us, what a beautiful treat! Thank you as always for hosing πŸ™‚

    xoxo, Tanya

  31. Thank you Susan for sharing that. It makes me want to come to Atlanta just to see it. A beautiful wonderland indeed.

  32. Susan, thanks for taking me along on the tour. We don’t have lights like this in our little town! I pinned the flowers in the garden because it gave me an idea for putting lights on our garden fence (next year!)

  33. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  34. Truly magical Susan. I loved the the coloured snowflakes in the trees and the poinsettia tree. When we lived in Vancouver, the Van Dusen gardens did a similar thing and we had hot chocolate afterwards, the girls loved it.
    Thank you for taking us on this beautiful bright journey.

  35. Susan your photos are gorgeous! Wow how beautiful to walk through and see all those lights! Thank you so much for sharing and hosting too!

  36. Fabulous photos, Susan! I missed it this year, so I really enjoyed the tour! Thanks for hosting!…hugs…Debbie

  37. I can’t think of a more therapeutic activity than a trip through a garden. It is a boost for the spirit anytime I can get to a garden. I consider it a cure-all. Thanks for the trip.

  38. I loved that poinsettia tree, truly amazing!!! Thanks so much for hosting again this week, Laura

  39. Such beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing and hosting. Wishing you a pretty week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  40. What a beautiful site to behold! I thoroughly enjoyed it and I liked the poinsetta tree! How clever..I must get to Atlanta some day and visit but I guess it is better to do at Christmas so that I can enjoy this display in person!.

  41. Susan!!!!
    I LOVE the Atlanta Botanical Garden!!!! I am a member. I bought memberships for my son and daughter who live there. I live in Boston. I have never been there for Christmas. Thank you so much for taking so much time to show us what we are missing. We are planning on retiring there around Atlanta and I would love to meet some nice ladies there who have the same interests.

    Thank you for sharing

  42. Wow, Susan, those were splendid photographs. Spectacular place to visit. Thanks so much for taking us along. Susan

  43. β€œIs there magic in this world? Certainly! But it is not the kind of magic written about in fantasy stories. It is the kind of magic that comes from ideas and the hard work it often takes to make them real. ”
    ― Robert Fanney
    Dear Susan,
    I think there is nothing more to add… but thanks to you for the beautiful pictures…
    ~Hugs to you~

  44. Thanks or sharing! I can’t believe we live 2 hours away in SC and have never been! Your pictures are beautiful!

  45. Hi Susan: Thank you for hosting the party. What lovely holiday lights at the zoo–bright and beautiful! I hope you have a great new week!

  46. Wow – that’s absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  47. Your photos are absolutely breathtaking!! We have tickets for the Chicago Botanic Gardens for Saturday, & I can’t wait!

  48. Hi Susan! What beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing!

  49. Susan, we are so blessed to have so many glorious opportunities in our area. The ABG is a GREAT gift to our city. But, don’t forget the Holiday of Lights at Lake Lanier Islands and also at Callaway Gardens! Both make good day trips from Atlanta!

  50. Christmas Fairie Land!! Reminds me of Longwood Gardens…isn’t it something!! franki

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