Belmont’s botanical garden lights up with new holiday displays

Glowing tradition runs Friday-Dec. 31

November 20, 2012 

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— Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden presents Holidays at the Garden from Friday, Nov. 23, through Dec. 31.

The garden’s annual holiday display includes a new display of Christmas trees, a lighting display with a natural flair, and a touch of warmth with s’mores enjoyed beside a fire. Also new this year, the garden’s Four Seasons Lawn will showcase a 30-foot-tall Norway spruce, harvested from the North Carolina mountains and one of the largest live, cut Christmas trees on display in the state.

The garden continues its annual holiday traditions, too, including the 16-foot tall Orchid Tree made of more than 300 live orchids in the Visitor Pavilion. Santa will be at the garden Thursday through Sunday each week, and the week before Christmas through Dec. 23. Free Christmas activities are offered nightly.

The garden shines with a half million lights featuring energy-efficient LEDs that combine contemporary and traditional displays with accents on nature. White lights will sparkle in the White Garden, while the Canal Garden showcases dozens of Christmas trees. More than 20,000 white pansies will blanket the garden, making a white Christmas more than just a dream.

The Orchid Conservatory is home to the new garden-scale model train display with topiaries of a teddy bear, reindeer and more.

Belmont’s Caravan Coffee offers hot drinks and tasty treats in the Visitor Pavilion. In addition, the Metrolina Model Railroaders have designed a train display based on Southern Railway’s Saluda Mountain Grade, the steepest mainline grade in the country located in the North Carolina mountains.

On the Four Season’s lawn, guests can enjoy live entertainment Thursday through Sunday featuring the a cappella group Queen City Groove, Suzuki Strings and the Gaston String Orchestra, jazz ensembles, hand bell choirs, gospel groups and more. For a complete schedule of events, visit

Southern Breezes will offer carriage rides through a portion of the display Thursday through Sunday for an additional fee. Plus, The Garden Store will offer vintage décor and contemporary gifts of locally produced and handmade items.

Guests can also purchase s’mores kits, complete with marshmallows, chocolate, graham crackers and roasting stick in the store and then enjoy them on the Conservatory patio.

Holiday extras include Santa’s Workshop on Saturdays, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15, and Holiday Tea on Dec. 2, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16. For details and advance registration, visit

Admission to Holidays at the Garden costs $12 for adults, $11 for seniors 60 and older, and $6 children ages 4-12. Hours are noon-9 p.m. with lights on at 5 p.m. nightly. The garden is closed Christmas Day. The garden is located at 6500 S. New Hope Road. For more information, call 704-825-4490.

Holidays at the Garden

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s annual holiday events include a large Christmas lights display, music, family crafts and visits from Santa.

Friday, Nov. 23 (Grand Opening)

6 p.m. – Brandon Williams’ jazz renditions of holiday classics will help you start-off the holiday season right.

6 p.m. – Santa Claus comes to the Garden.

Saturday, Nov. 24

6 p.m. – Brandon Williams will entertain audiences with his live jazz renditions of holiday classics.

6 p.m. – Santa Claus comes to the Garden.

Sunday, Nov. 25

6 p.m. – The sounds of acoustic guitarist Chris Hertz will make this a memorable holiday season.

Thursday, Nov. 29

6 p.m. – Queen City Groove will sing a wide variety of holiday classics a cappella.

6 p.m. – Santa Claus comes to the Garden.

Friday, Nov. 30

6 p.m. – Brandon Williams will entertain audiences with his live jazz renditions of holiday classics.

6 p.m. – Santa Claus comes to the Garden.

The sights and scents of a winter’s eve will envelop guests during these memorable evenings that include: model train displays, carriage rides, family Christmas Crafts, holiday carols, a spectacular 16-foot-tall Orchid Tree featuring more than 300 orchids, a 30-foot-tall Norway Spruce, a half-million Christmas lights and fire pits for s’more making.

Holidays at the Garden is open noon to 9 p.m. every day, excluding Christmas Day. Admission is $12 adults, $11 seniors 60+, $6 children 4 – 12. Members are half price every night, except for Tuesday, when they receive free admission.

Events scheduled on a nightly basis include:

Christmas Crafts

Every night, Nov. 23 – Dec. 31

Carriage Rides from Southern Breezes Carriages

Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, Nov. 23 – Dec. 31

$6.50 adults, $4.50 children

Garden Coffee Shop brought to you by Caravan Coffee

Every night, Nov. 23 – Dec. 31

Entertainment will be located outside on The Garden Stage and is subject to change. Please check our website for the most up-to-date listings at

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