7 Magical Attractions to Find at DSBG’s Holidays at the Garden

Guests will discover new surprises and beloved traditions alike at this year's Holidays at the Garden.
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If you’ve never been to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s ever-enchanting Holidays at the Garden, there’s no better time than winter 2019 to treat yourself to the experience. New displays are lighting up this Belmont-based botanical wonderland, with holiday spirit at every turn. (Remember, DSBG is in Jonas-Brothers-Belmont, not the Belmont neighborhood near Optimist Hall.) 

At this year’s Holidays at the Garden, guests will discover new surprises and beloved traditions alike. The Garden will be closed Christmas Day, but otherwise, you can experience Holidays at the Garden from 5 to 9 p.m. each evening now through January 5, 2020.



7 Magical Attractions (New & Old) at the 2019 Holidays at the Garden


1. The mesmerizing Stickwork sculptures

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Photo: Craig Neil McCausland

New this year, North Carolina artist Patrick Dougherty’s latest interactive Stickwork sculpture will be on display throughout the holiday season. Using minimal tools and a simple technique of bending, interweaving, and fastening together twigs and branches, he creates works of art inseparable with nature and the landscape.

Dougherty’s sculptures evoke fantastical images of nests, cocoons, cones, castles, and beehives, providing plenty of fun for kids to explore. Don’t miss this exhibit! 


2. A model train display built by the Metrolina Model Railroaders

Take it back to the classics when you see the model train display, built by local Metroline Model Railroaders. There is also an expanded display of quaint buildings from Department 56’s Dickens’ Village Series® that nostalgia-lovers will enjoy.

Wander into the Orchid Conservatory, and you’ll stumble into a fairy garden display with trains, too. 


3. Dancing topiaries

Yes, seriously. These spirited spruces bring a whole new meaning to rocking around the Christmas tree. Lean into the holiday spirit as you gander at the glimmering lights dancing to holly-jolly music.


4. The towering, 15-foot orchid tree

An annual tradition, this majestic sight will ignite the holiday spirit in even the grouchiest of Scrooges. Luckily, because this tree is a 15-foot focal point, you will have a tough time missing it.


5. The LED cherry trees glowing along the Canal Garden

Another new addition for this year, the glowing cherry trees lining the Canal Garden are certainly not to be missed! Keep an eye out for these LED-lit trees and be one of the first to see them.



The biggest attraction of all, Santa Claus himself, can also be found at Holidays at the Garden.

For free photos you can take with your phone or camera, from December 3-19, Santa will be available Tuesdays through Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Mrs. Claus will visit the Garden Friday through Sunday from Nov. 29 to Dec. 22, in addition to Christmas Eve from 6 to 8 p.m.

If you prefer a more professional picture, you can Capture the Magic with Santa on select Mondays, Dec. 2, 9, and 16 between 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. These packages start at $45 and include professional photos of your children or family with Santa by Rick Haithcox Photography. Advance reservations are required and can be made online at www.DSBG.org. (Holidays at the Garden admission is also required.) 

Additionally, for the children that need a little extra time and attention to visit Santa, the Garden has reserved the hour of 4 to 5 p.m. for Sensory-Friendly Visits with Santa on select Tuesdays: Dec. 3, 10,  and 17—the Garden is closed during this time, and these visits are free with admission to the Garden.


7. An enchanting Prairie Garden

Get lost in DSBG’s enchanting Prairie Garden, where you’ll find the light colors changing in waves. There is also a beverage hut at the end of this garden where you can enjoy a campfire and purchase hot beverages and s’mores.


Common Questions About Holidays at the Garden:

Will there be food? 

Yes! Food and snacks will be available for purchase in addition to warm beverages such as coffee, hot chocolate, cider, beer, wine, and other spirits. Don’t forget to roast a marshmallow over the fire! 


What else is there do to at Holidays at the Garden?

When you’re not warming your hands over the crackling fires, you can enjoy live music daily from 6 to 8 p.m. There’s also a lot of great shopping in The Garden Store, and some sort of children’s activity to keep the kids entertained.


How much does it cost? 

Holidays at the Garden admission is discounted for tickets purchased online in advance and prices increase at the door. Admission purchased online in advance for Monday through Thursday is $14.95 per adult, $12.95 per senior 60+, $7.95 per child 2-12 and free for children under age two.

Admission purchased online in advance for Friday through Sunday is $16.95 per adult, $14.95 per senior 60+, $8.95 per child 2-12 and free for children under age two. Garden members receive a 30 percent discount and also receive 30 percent off the purchase of up to four guest passes. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance. 


DSBG is located at 6500 S. New Hope Road in Belmont, North Carolina. For more information about visiting during Holidays at the Garden, call 704-825-4490 or visit the website.


Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, the Carolinas’ Garden for All Seasons, provides guests a chance to reconnect with nature. Located within 380 acres on the banks of Lake Wylie, spectacular gardens, sparkling fountains, a children’s garden, a conservatory dedicated to the display of tropical plants and orchids, a visitor pavilion, gift shop and nature trails await the visitor. HGTV named it one of the nation’s “20 Great Gardens” and Southern Living called it one of the South’s Best Botanical Gardens. Committed to horticultural excellence, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is a must-see for all ages. Learn more here.

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