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Holiday Lights 2019

November 23 - December 31 2019


4 p.m. - 9 p.m. nightly
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days

NEW for 2019: Reserved Time Tickets



Getting tickets to Holiday Lights is as easy as 1-2-3


  1. Click on the BUY TICKETS LINK above, click the week you want to access online Holiday Lights tickets
  2. CREATE your UTix ACCOUNT, choose and ORDER your tickets online for DATE and TIME desired
  3. Bring Ticket Code(s) on your MOBILE DEVICE or as a PRINTED TICKET(s) for admission to Holiday Lights
Online Ticket holders will use the EXPRESS ENTRANCE LANE to enter and park. Arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before your TICKET ENTRANCE TIME.

Members do not need Reserved Time Tickets, but Members do need to bring a PHOTO I.D. and their MEMBERSHIP CARD to use the EXPRESS ENTRANCE LANE. If members are bringing visitors who need to pay admission, then they will need to purchase online Reserved Time Tickets.

The most celebrated outdoor light display in Arkansas for the holiday season opens at Garvan the Saturday before Thanksgiving and runs through New Year’s Eve (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days). The Gardens will be aglow with over 4.5 million lights in a myriad of natural settings. Features include the luminescent Garden of the Pine Wind, the 50-foot tall Holiday Tree which plays holiday tunes animated to a light show, the Parterre garden on the Great Lawn, and traditional holiday scenes in the woodlands. Conclude your walking tour with free hot chocolate. The Chipmunk Café is open nightly until 9 p.m. serving soups, sandwiches, and snacks.

We’ve got some great new opening week festivities planned!
  • Schueck Rose Tree Lighting Ceremony
    Saturday, November 23 @ 5:00 p.m.
  • Live Reindeer and Santa’s Sleigh
    November 25, 26, 27 @ 4-9 p.m.
Holiday Lights is open when it rains; the Gardens closes in the case of inclement weather that would threaten the safety of visitors (lightning, ice, hail. high winds). Sorry, there are no refunds for closings.

Members Free with Current Membership Card and PHOTO I.D. | $15 adults | $5 ages 4-12 | Free ages 0-3 | Note: Dogs are not allowed in the Gardens during Holiday Lights except on Monday, December 2 for the Jingle Dog Pup Parade

Crystal Chimes Holiday Concert

December 16 


5:30 p.m., Anthony Chapel

The Crystal Chimes Chorus will present a Christmas concert for your enjoyment. Come be entertained with the wonderful Christmas music at Anthony Chapel.

The concert is Free | Regular admission to see Holiday Lights | Click here to access ONLINE TICKETS to Holiday Lights

Intro to Digital Photography: 5 Part Series

February 2 - March 1 2020


Sundays: February 2 - March 1
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Magnolia Room & Gardens

This series is intended for beginners with a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera.
Do you have a digital camera that mainly stays in its box because there are so many dials and menu items it’s hard to find a place to start, much less take a good photograph? The focus isn’t right, the color is wrong, the picture is too dark or too light. You have spent hours on the internet looking at “how to” videos and articles, yet it still doesn’t click. Then there are terms like f-stop, ISO, shutter speeds, exposure triangle and on and on.

Join this 5-class series and demystify the process of learning to use your digital camera in manual mode. Garvan staffer and photographer Julia Mann teaches this series using her successful technique tailored to be understandable and build confidence and knowledge in every student. This “hands on” class has everyone taking better photos from the first class forward.

$45 Members | $75 Non-Members | Registration Required | Class size is limited to 10 students | Please Register Online

Botanical Illustration Class - Camellia

February 15 


2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Magnolia Room

Ginger Ladehoff and Rush Fentress co-teach an introduction to botanical illustrations. This class includes a short botanical lecture and one-on-one instruction with colored drawings. All materials are provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own pencils!

$20 Members | $35 Non-Members | Reservations Required  | Please Register Online


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