Holiday Lights in the Garden

Join us November 30- December 2, December 7-9, 14-16 & 19-23 5:30-9:30pm each night from 5:30pm to 9pm. This year, grab your coats and golden tickets as you enjoy Polar Express themed activities and decorations!

Help Us Continue To Grow!

Since 1989, Cape Fear Botanical Garden has grown and flourished to become a beautiful and treasured part of Fayetteville. The Garden has an essential role in the community and enhances the quality of life for people of all ages by providing cultural and educational programs, field trips and camps for our children, resiliency programs for soldiers and veterans, and places, both native and cultivated, in which to connect with nature.

Benefits of Membership

  • Member cards included for all permanent residents of household (18 years or older)
  • Free or reduced rates to 300+ botanical gardens (list available HERE)
  • Unlimited daily admission for 12 months for each member cardholder (selected special events require separate ticket purchase)
  • 10% member discount at the Garden Gift Shop and on private outside facility rental
  • Reduced price tickets for special events like Holiday Lights, summer camps, adult and children workshops, fitness classes and more! (some restrictions may apply)
  • Invitations to participate in member-only events
  • Quarterly coupons and/or special shopping events at the Gift Shop
  • One year subscription to Scenic Views, our quarterly newsletter
  • Free one year subscription to Better Homes and Gardens magazine or Martha Stewart’s Living magazine
  • Discounted subscription to Carolina Gardener magazine
  • Enjoy discounts from local community partners
  • Receive two free Garden guest passes to let friends and family to enjoy the Garden.

Fayetteville & Local Community

We are sincerely grateful for the grants, and the ongoing support and commitment of these Funding Partners to advocate for the Botanical Garden and our community’s non-profits.

Upcoming Events

Dec 9 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Holiday Lights is CANCELLED on 12/09 due to inclement weather.   Grab your golden ticket and your coat to come to the 8th annual Holiday Lights in the Garden! This year we’re celebrating the season[...]
Dec 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Practice this flowing eastern exercise with instructor Rich Martin while overlooking the Garden. Held every Tuesdays from 10am – 11:30 am  indoors or outside depending on the weather. Prices are below and will be available for purchase in[...]
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Cape Fear Botanical Garden and YMCA of Sandhills, have partnered to bring you Yoga in the Garden! Grab your yoga mat and come rejuvenate at our peaceful yoga session in the beautiful Orangery from 6:00pm-7:00pm.[...]
Dec 14 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Holiday Lights is CANCELLED on 12/09 due to inclement weather.   Grab your golden ticket and your coat to come to the 8th annual Holiday Lights in the Garden! This year we’re celebrating the season[...]

Facility Rentals

The Wyatt Visitors Pavilion Complex at Cape Fear Botanical Garden is the premier rental space for wedding ceremonies and receptions, corporate and military functions, special occasions, and holiday celebrations – small and large, intimate and grand. Exquisite facilities paired with superb cuisine provide the perfect location in Fayetteville for your event.


Cape Fear Botanical Garden provides a variety of educational opportunities for all ages in the Fayetteville community. Attend a workshop to refine your gardening skills, bring your group for a guided tour, try your hand at art, drop by for story time, or join us on a nature walk – there’s something for everyone!

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Education Education - Do you enjoy teaching others about nature, plants, animals, and bugs? Becoming an education docent is a terrific opportunity for you to provide visitors with ...
  • Horticulture Horticulture - Whether you are well versed in propagation or can’t tell the difference between a peony and a petunia, we are looking for volunteers of all ...
  • Administration Administration - Are you a team builder, or someone who likes to do administrative work? Administrative volunteers assist with typical daily administrative task in Education, Visitor Services, ...
  • Day Camp First Impressions – Visitor Services - Our First Impressions volunteers are the faces of the Garden – the first and last faces that visitors see as they arrive and depart. Additionally, ...

“Fayetteville’s Gem”

“This is a great spot to go and spend some time. Connected to the Cape Fear River Trail, the Botanical garden is accessible from points in Downtown Fayetteville – or by car. Start in Downtown and take a leisurely walk or bike ride on the trail to the Garden. There are always beautiful exhibits, a wonderful gift shop, and special…”

– Fay T

“Refreshing Walk Through Nature”

“A mid-summer meant there were less blooming flowers but the gardens were still nice for talking a walk and enjoying time outdoors. Seems like a good place to take children for a relaxing outing. There are few enclosed speciality gardens and everything is labeled fairly well. I would go back the next time blooms are at their peak!”

– Pamela R

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    • Join local bird enthusiast and park ranger Amber Williams from City of Fayetteville Lake Rim Park on Dec. 20 at 10am at Cape Fear Botanical Garden. Become a citizen scientist by helping count the birds that live in the Garden for Audubon’s 119th Christmas Backyard Bird Count. 🐦 All experience levels are welcome. Bring binoculars if you have them. Bird watching requires patience and listening skills so this program is recommended for adults and mature children ages 10+. This program is included with Garden membership. Non-members pay regular daily admission at the door.

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    • Check out the schedule for live entertainment during Holiday Lights! We have a wonderful lineup this year! ❄️ • December 8: Berean Baptist Academy Choir
• December 14: Fayetteville Technical Community College  Ensemble & Saxophone
• December 16: Reid Ross Page Choir
• December 20: Cumberland Oratorio Singers
• December 21: Honeycutt Elementary Chorus
• December 23: Aaron Hanrick 
Photo by LRP Media
    • December 15th is the last night to have Breakfast for Dinner at Holiday Lights! 🥞🥓🍳🍽 Enjoy pancakes, bacon, eggs, home fries, orange and apple juice and get to eat with Mrs. Claus while watching the Polar Express!🤶🏼 Add Breakfast for Dinner onto your Holiday Lights order (online or at the door) for just $10 for adults and $5 for children! ⛄️ Purchase Tickets here: #linkinbio 
Food will be provided from Elite Catering NC *You must purchase Holiday Lights admission in order to attend Breakfast for Dinner.* #HolidayLights #FayettevilleNC #Garden #HappyHolidays #BreakfastForDinner #NorthCarolina
📸: Taryn Hughes
    • Sunday’s are Military nights during Holiday Lights!🇺🇸 Military (with ID) receive $2 off adult admission on Sundays. ✨🎄🎅🏼 You can order tickets online or at the door! #linkinbio #fortbragg #fortbraggnc
    • Step up your Christmas light experience by purchasing one of our 3D Holiday glasses! We have reindeer, snowmen, snowflakes, elves, gingerbread men, candy canes and Santa images to choose from! 🎅⛄️🦌❄️ *Sold at-the-door during Holiday Lights for $2.00*
    • Every Friday & Saturday during Holiday Lights, there will be a Holiday market comprised of local handcrafting vendors. Support your local artists and get the perfect gifts or stocking stuffers for your loved ones! ✨🎁 Tickets can be purchased online or at the door!
Photo by Thomas Keever.
    • It’s the perfect day for a walk down the Camellia garden. Camellias are starting to show their blooms! 🌸 #FayettevillenNC #Camellia #Garden #VisitNC #ExploreNC
    • Good news! The Garden will be open tonight for Holiday Lights! Doors open at 5:30 pm. See you all soon! 🎄🎅🏼✨