Merry + Bright at South Coast Botanic Garden

Fri Nov 25, 2022
Various times
All ages
Included with admission

South Coast Botanic Garden invites guests to be Merry + Bright this Holiday Season.

Holiday offerings include new seasonal plantings throughout the garden and photo opportunities, including the garden's twist on iconic pine trees.

Merry + Bright is sprinkled through all of the Garden’s offerings during this time, including:

  • Nature POP!  - Winter Edition: some of the sculptures made from LEGO® bricks are transported into a winter wonderland!
  • Elf in the Garden: Poppy is back! The popular Elf in the Garden returns November 25. This sneaky scout elf – and maybe a few friends – can be found in a new location within the Garden every Friday until Christmas day. Each week, come see what hijinks Poppy is up to, take a picture and post on Instagram using #ElfintheGarden. If you post a picture of Poppy at each of the four locations, you’ll be entered to win tickets to Astra Lumina. 
  • Santa Photos: Santa is coming! Guests can share their Christmas wishes and pose for pictures. Santa is at the Garden on December 9 from 2pm to 4:30 pm and December 10 and 11 from 10am to 3pm.  All guests receive a free digital file of their photos. 
  • Dog Walking Hours: Fur friends (and human friends) are invited to the Garden's Howliday Costume Contest during the dog walking hours on December 18. Come to the Garden with your pups and/or yourself dressed in your best holiday outfits and costumes. Santa, elves, reindeer, snowmen, menorahs, dreidels, ugly holidays sweaters and more… all are welcome! 

Merry + Bright is included with General Admission, but some of its offerings may be an additional fee, including classes and food and beverage.

Merry + Bright runs from November 25 through December 24.  Garden hours are 8am to 5pm.

** Activity dates/times are subject to change. Please click through to the activity website to verify.
** Please keep your family and others safe by wearing masks and social distancing. If an activity appears too crowded, try using the "nearby" search feature on our activity calendar to find something else to do.
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