Holiday Lights in the Garden


November 30- December 2

December 7-9

December 14-16

December 19-23

5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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 on the Polar Express. Parents and children will be amazed by a mile-long stroll featuring thousands of lights aglow, a free caroling hayride, photos with Santa, S’mores roasting over the fire pit, entertainment on select evenings and free crafts for children. The Garden Gift Shop will be open each evening with a wonderful holiday selection. New this year is Santa’s workshop, a place for kids to secretly purchase holiday gifts for their parents, a hot cocoa bar, scavenger hunt, a showing of the Polar Express on loop in the Grand Hall and more themed nights than ever! Also, this year we made a deal with Santa. The Garden will be a letter drop off for your childrens’ wishlists and in return, Santa will be at the Garden EVERY night of Holiday Lights!


December 8: Berean Academy Choir

December 16: Reid Ross Classical School Choir

December 19: FTCC Chorus, Faculty, and Friends

December 20: Cumberland Oratorio Singers

December 21: Honeycutt Elementary Chorus

December 23: Reilly Road Community Church

If you are interested in performing at our Holiday Lights event one night please contact our Director of Events & Marketing at 910.486.0221 ext. 21 for more information.

“Sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see”

-The Polar Express



Member Adult: $8.00
Member Child: $5.00
Non-Member Adult: $12.00
Seniors (65+): $11.00
Military Adult: (Sundays ONLY) $10.00
Child (2-12): $7.00

Add on at the door:
Santa Photos: $10.00 for each
S’mores Packets: $5.00 each (makes 4)
Train Tickets: $3.00 each (on select nights)

Membership Offer

Purchase a Annual Garden Membership at-the-door and enjoy Holiday Lights on us! Memberships start as low as $50.00 annually. For more information on Garden Memberships please click the button below.


Promotional Nights

Military Nights


5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Military Adults (with ID): $10.00 

Canned Food Collection Night

November 30

Show your Holiday spirit and bring in a canned food item. In return, receive a discount for at the door tickets! All canned food items will be donated to local food banks. Bring in canned food items and receive $2 off Adult Admission at the door.

*This offer is only valid for at the door admission  

Ugly Holiday Sweater Night

December 19

 Forget the dress and fancy slacks, toss away the winter coat, throw on your dorkiest, most hilarious Holiday sweater and get a discount for your at the door tickets! Wearing your sweater qualifies you to receive $2 off Adult Admission at the door.

*This offer is only valid for at the door admission  


Caroling Hay Rides


Free rides with admissions. Get ready to sign along to our favorite Holiday Carols!

Craft Corner

5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Free craft with admission.

Story Time with an Elf

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy your favorite holiday stories read by one of Santa’s closest friends!

Stories will be available every 20 minutes.

Santa’s Little Workshop

6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

A place for kids to secretly purchase holiday gifts for their parents.

Ride the train

*on select nights only* December 1, 7, 19, 21 & 22

Purchase a ticket for $3 and ride a train in the Garden!
Each rider needs a ticket, adults can ride with their children. Get in the Polar Express spirit and wear your PJs!

Holiday Market

Fridays & Saturdays

Support local vendors and do some last minute holiday shopping!
Perfect stocking stuffers!


The Polar Express

6:00 p.m. -8:30 p.m. *On Select Nights*

The movie Polar Express will be on loop in the Grand Hall.

Breakfast for Dinner 

November 30 & December 15

Purchase a ticket of $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 to enjoy pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, homefries, apple juice and orange juice for dinner with Mrs. Claus with an appearance of Santa! Get in the Polar Express spirit and wear your PJs! 
*Must purchase Holiday Lights admission ticket and Breakfast ticket to be admitted.*

Know Before You Glow!

  • Advance tickets are encouraged to avoid long lines at event.
  • PLEASE NOTE that discounted military tickets are ONLY good for Sundays during the event. If you choose to come on a non-discounted day you will be required to pay the difference.
  • General Garden guest passes are not accepted for this special event.
  • Tickets are non-refundable; Tickets purchased online are for specific days but you may transfer your ticket to a different day. If you need help please contact our Marketing Manager at 910.486.0221 ext. 45
  • Holiday Lights will take place rain or shine unless the Garden deems otherwise. If Holiday Lights is cancelled, it will be communicated via email and through Garden social media accounts.
  • Dress appropriately for this outdoor walking experience.
  • Limited on-site parking. Patrons may park at own risk on the service road infront of the Garden.
  • Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.  Outside food and drink (no alcohol) is allowed in designated areas.
  • Weapons of any kind are prohibited.

Thank you to our sponsors!relyus logo

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D.K. Taylor Oil Company

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This project is supported by the Arts Council in part by contributions from businesses and individuals, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.


For information on event sponsorship please contact Sheila Hanrick at 910.486.0221 ext. 21.

In Kind Sponsors

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