Holidays at the Daniel Stowe Opening Nov. 22
BELMONT, N.C. – The organic rhythms of nature and abundant fascinations come together to create a new holiday harmony this year at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden during Holidays at the Garden, Nov. 22 through Dec. 31.
The Garden’s annual holiday display allows guests to explore a natural wonderland that’s like no other. The contemporary — yet elegant — lighting display will brighten our guests’ holidays while our fire pit will temper the cold of winter as families roast marshmallows and make s’mores. Guests can also enjoy 30-foot-tall Frasier Fir, harvested from Boone, N.C. and one of the largest live, cut Christmas trees on display in the state. It will be encircled by a 1:7 scale train.
Those who have made this spectacular event a holiday tradition can still enjoy favorites such as the 16-foot tall Orchid Tree made of more than 300 live orchids. Children can visit Santa or make a nature-based craft with Mom or Dad. Santa will be at the Garden Thursday through Sunday and the week before Christmas through Dec. 23. Free Christmas Craft activities are offered nightly until Christmas Eve.
The Garden will shine brightly with a half million lights — featuring energy-efficient LEDs — that combine contemporary and traditional displays with accents on nature. Brilliant white lights will sparkle in the White Garden, while the Canal Garden will brighten everybody’s spirits with a natural wonderland.
Visitors can warm up in the Orchid Conservatory, reveling in colorful and blooming tropical plants while enjoying a new Garden-scale model train display.
In addition to the usual hot drinks and tasty treats in the coffee bar operated nightly by Belmont’s Caravan Coffee, the Visitor Pavilion will also host a beer and wine cash bar operated by Grape & Barley on Fridays, Saturdays and New Year’s Eve. Metrolina Model Railroaders also will return with a train display based on Southern Railway’s Saluda Mountain Grade, the steepest mainline grade in the country, which is located in the mountains of North Carolina.
Back on the Four Season’s lawn, guests can enjoy live entertainment Thursday through Sunday featuring a cappella groups like Queen City Groove, gospel groups like Lake Norman Baptist Church, jazz ensembles, hand bell choirs and more.
For a complete schedule of events click here: http://www.dsbg.org/events.php
Southern Breezes will offer carriage rides through a portion of the display Thursday through Sunday, for an additional fee (weather permitting). Plus, The Garden Store will offer a selection of nature-based décor and gifts that feature locally produced and handmade items. Guests can also purchase s’mores kits, complete with marshmallows, chocolate and Graham Crackers in the Store and then enjoy them on the Orchid Conservatory patio.
Holiday extras include Santa’s Workshop on Saturdays, Dec. 7 and 14, Holiday Tea on Sundays, Dec. 1 and 8, and Sparkle New Year’s Eve on Dec 31. For details and advance registration information visit www.DSBG.org.
Admission to Holidays at the Garden is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors 60+, and $6 children 4-12. Members receive half-price admission. Hours are noon to 9 p.m. with lights on at 5 p.m. nightly. The Garden opens on Thanksgiving at 5 p.m. and is closed on Christmas Day.
Please see our web site www.DSBG.org for the latest information.
Holidays at the Garden is sponsored by K104.7 fm and Visit Belmont, N.C.