The Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation is proud to announce the dates and times for the 19th Annual Holiday Lights in the Gardens event.
This years celebration will begin on Friday, November 29, 2019 and end Saturday, January 4, 2019. It will be open every evening between 5:30 and 9:30, weather permitting.
This event is the Foundation’s most significant philanthropic effort each year. Proceeds allow
the continuation of the event the next year while providing substantial financial support to the
Florida Botanical Gardens to fund events, maintenance, renovations and staffing for the Gardens. This year is a significant one, as we are raising funds for the creation of a Children's Discover Garden!
The Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation and the Pinellas County Parks and Conservation Resources Department look forward to sharing the beautiful lights displayed with visitors from near and far. The Gardens will sparkle with more than 1 million, twinkling, colorful, LED lights of all shapes and sizes. Vibrant lasers and lighted figures will wow guests of all ages as they stroll through the Gardens. Brand new at our 2018 event were the expanded pathways and displays following our newly opened Wetlands Walkway.
Each evening of the event includes food, drinks, and ice cream from our partner, St Pete
Concessions, so come hungry! Seasonal items for the kid in all of us will be available at our Botanical Bounty gift cart, located on the Main Plaza. All types of seasonal gifts and decor will be available in our Botanical Bounty gift shop, located in the main building, and both will be open nightly.
To add to the sights and sounds we have arranged nightly entertainment provided
by local volunteer talent, including dancers and musicians performing a variety of music. As the event approaches, you can check our Play Bill for info on who will be performing each night. Don't forget! Santa visits regularly throughout the month.
Many of our light displays and lighted garden areas are sponsored by local businesses. The Foundation invites local businesses to show their support for this great family event by becoming sponsors. You can sponsor a display for a week all the way up to becoming our Title Sponsor. Information on becoming a sponsor is available on our website, by calling our office at (727) 582-2117.
The Gardens are handicapped accessible. Most walkways are paved: allowing access for
wheelchairs, walkers and strollers. However, we do not have wheelchairs or scooters available. Well-behaved dogs that don’t mind crowds are welcome at any time, however we recommend avoiding weekends when the crowds are at maximum capacity. Parking, including handicapped parking, is available at our primary event entrance, at 12211 Walsingham Road. Additional parking will be available at our Ulmerton entrance, but parking is limited so come early or choose to visit us on our non-peak days— primarily week nights.
Our Annual Holiday Lights in the Gardens event depends upon the support of hundreds of
volunteers as well as Pinellas County personnel, contractors and our FBG Foundation event
sponsors, staff, members & volunteers. We work throughout the year to design and plan this
winter wonderland. Volunteers provide administrative support, entertainment, greet visitors,
collect donations, and manage the light displays. Those wishing to volunteer for this years event should sign up at: flbgfoundation.org/volunteer.
After the lights are put away for the year, we hope you will return to the Gardens during the day to see their natural beauty. Click herefor more information on our botanical oasis.