Christmas tree at the Wedding Garden at Florida Botanical Garden

The Florida Botanical Gardens, located in suburban Tampa, is a wonderful year-round attraction featuring over 30 acres of maintained gardens. A few of the numerous gardens you will find include: a tropical fruit garden, a succulent garden featuring desert plants, a palm garden, and a butterfly garden.  You will also find 60 acres of natural pine flatwoods and wetlands, which are home to over 150 species including bald eagles and gopher tortoises.

Florida Botanical Gardens in suburban Tampa, Florida

Each year, the gardens are transformed into a winter wonderland with the festive Holiday Lights in the Gardens celebration. Donations for the event go towards maintaining the gardens. In addition to more than a million lights, visits from Santa, special holiday treats, and live music are on the schedule.

This is a great affordable family event ($5 suggested donation) for anyone residing in or planning a vacation to the Tampa area over the holiday season. By this time of the year, the temperatures will have finally cooled down enough to enjoy a cool night stroll around the gardens. There are plenty of great photo opportunities, so be sure to pack your camera!

Below, I have posted a few pictures of the beautiful gardens lit up for the holidays!

One of the unique aspects of this holiday light event over others is that you will get to see some Florida style light displays. Take a look below at these unique displays!

A Tropical Christmas!

Palm Tree at Florida Botanical Gardens - Holiday Lights 2014
Palm tree at Florida Botanical Gardens - Holiday Lights 2014
Christmas decorated palm trees - Florida Botanical Gardens - Holiday Lights 2014
Dolphin display - Florida Botanical Gardens - Holiday Lights 2014
Flamingo display - Florida Botanical Gardens - Holiday Lights 2014
Turtle and egret - Florida botanical Gardens - Holiday Lights 2014

The desert themed gardens are also gorgeous

Cactus light display at Florida Botanical Gardens

Beautiful Christmas trees everywhere!

Christmas tree light display - Florida Botanical Gardens - Holiday Lights 2014
Lighted tree display - Florida Botanical Gardens - Holiday Lights 2014
Gorgeous tree lights at Florida Botanical Gardens - Holiday Lights 2014
Pretty red and green Christmas lights at Florida Botanical Gardens - Holiday Lights 2014

And, the standout main Christmas tree in the Wedding Gardens. Beautiful! And the festive train adds the perfect seasonal touch!

Christmas tree and train in the Wedding Garden - Florida Botanical Gardens - Holiday Lights 2014

The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without poinsettia

Poinsettia display at Florida Botanical Gardens - Holiday Lights 2014

More beautiful lights throughout the gardens!

Holiday train display - Florida Botanical Gardens - Holiday Lights 2014
Parrot display - Florida Botanical Gardens - Holiday Lights 2014
Birds and palm tree light display at Florida Botanical Gardens - Holiday Lights 2014
Orange tree lights - Florida Botanical Gardens - Holiday Lights 2014
Cool blue lights at Florida Botanical Gardens - Holiday Lights 2014
Cool tree lights at Florida Botanical Gardens - Holiday Lights 2014
Pretty light display at Florida Botanical Gardens - Holiday Lights 2014
Palm trees lit up for Christmas at Florida Botanical Gardens - Holiday Lights 2014

Information on the Holiday Lights Display

Address: Florida Botanical Gardens is located at: 12520 Ulmerton Road Largo, FL. Largo is a Tampa suburb located just south of Clearwater and 40 minutes or so from the Tampa area.

Admission: Suggested donation is $10 per adult. Children under 12 are free. Parking is free.

Dates & Hours: The display will run from November 26-January 2nd. Hours are 5:30pm-9:30pm. Visit on a weekday for fewer crowds.

Have you attended the Florida Botanical Gardens Holiday Lights display? Share your experience from this year or any prior years in the comments below. In addition, feel free to recommend any other Tampa Bay holiday events and activities!