Garvin Woodland Gardens – Lights on the Landscape

November 29, 2008

in Christmas,Entertainment,Holiday,Travel

Last weekend we kicked off our Christmas season by visiting Garvan Gardens for their Lights on the Landscape display. On the way down I tweeted on Twitter where we were headed and got several replies and direct messages asking questions about it. So I thought I would spend a few minutes giving more information on Garvan Gardens and let you know how the how the lights were.

Garvan Gardens is a botanical garden owned by the University of Arkansas and sits on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Arkansas. It consists of 210 acres of woods, a pond, streams, waterfalls, a Japanese Garden, and a large variety of flowers and scrubs. We have found this to be a great place to take pictures of our son, especially in the spring when the Tulips are blooming. You can easily spend half a day roaming around. If your in Hot Springs I would recommend stopping by. There is a charge but it is worth the price. For more information on Garvin Woodland Gardens visit their web site here.

The Christmas lights were great! They do not have the whole 210 acres filled with lights but there are enough (1.7 million lights) to easily spend two hours roaming around and taking pictures. The kids loved running around the paths and finding the different displays. There is a small Ginger Bread House lit up with a Christmas tree setup inside. We found a stand setup with a couple of fire-pits where you can roast marshmallows and purchase S’more kits. Another stand was offering free hot chocolate or apple cider. Built onto the back of the visitor center is a very nice large tiered deck which provided seating around additional fire pits. Light on the Landscape is running from November 22 – December 31 and cost $5.50 for adults and $3.50 for children. 3D glasses are on sale for $2.00, and much to my surprise they really did add another dimension to the lights.

If your looking for a great way to get into the holiday spirit I would recommend spending an evening at Garvan Gardens. We got there right at 5:00 when it opened and ended up parking in the back lot. I talked to one of the ladies that works there and she said that the parking lot was starting to fill up when she got there at 4:15. Keep in mind this was the Saturday after Thanksgiving so this may or may not be typical.  What other places are there in the state of Arkansas to visit for Christmas displays?  Let me know!

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