Going to a garden when winter is looming doesn’t make a lot of sense. I get that. I mean, will there be flowers? Do the trees even have leaves? Is everything just dead and dormant, and if so, why am I in this garden again?

Answer: Because lights are pretty and fountains are fun.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s Holidays at the Garden celebration is one of the best times to see the garden. The lights are on from 5 p.m to 9 p.m. nightly, and festivities last through the first of January.

Here are just a few reasons you should visit:

It’s called “Holidays at the Garden,” but let’s be honest, that holiday is Christmas, and Christmas is all about the Christmas lights.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is divided into smaller gardens,and each one has its own color scheme, and they are all beautiful.

What’s more fun than driving around in crazy traffic looking at light displays? Well, almost everything. But more specifically: walking around a garden at night all footloose and fancy free.


Let’s start with the first Christmas tree you’ll see. You get your ticket, walk through the main building, and there it is — a Christmas tree made of orchids.

Orchids are the fanciest of flowers, and it is ridiculous that this Christmas tree exists.


As you move further into the garden, there are Christmas trees and lights everywhere. You are basically pummeled with the Christmas spirit, and it is a wonderful thing.