Christmas in October? Not exactly, but tickets do go on sale then for the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s third annual Garden Lights, Holiday Nights.

The light show, open nightly from Nov. 16 to Jan. 4, features 30 acres of indoor and outdoor displays created with nearly 1.5 million lights — most of them energy-efficient LEDs. A limited number of tickets are available each evening and advance purchases are highly recommended. Discount tickets for Garden members go on sale Oct. 1 ($14 and $17; $8 and $11 ages 3-12; age 2 and under free). General admission tickets ($17 and $20; $11 and $14 ages 3-12; age 2 and under free) go on sale Oct. 8. Details, tickets HERE or at  or 1.855.454.6849. The higher ticket prices are for peak nights.

Some of the personalities from the current Imaginary Worlds exhibit will take part in the seasonal salute — with a costume change or two. The Earth Goddess becomes the Ice Queen, and the two 15-foot-tall snakes will wear red and white stripes. The Edible Garden, meanwhile, will feature illuminated rows of 6-foot-tall corn stalks. Both surprises and old favorites await outside, including the Great Lawn’s musical finale, as well as inside the Conservatory and Orchid Center.

About 165,000 people attended last year’s event, according to Garden spokesman Danny Flanders, an increase of about 64 percent from its inaugural year.

About Kathy Janich

Kathy Janich is a longtime arts journalist who has been seeing, working in or writing about the performing arts for most of her life. She's a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Americans for the Arts and the National Arts Marketing Project. Full disclosure: She’s also an artistic associate at Synchronicity Theatre.

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