A 20-foot Frazier Fir with 24,000 colored lights, on the Rose Garden lawn, will be the centerpiece of ‘Holly-Days’ at the Gardens, 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2, at the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. At a second large tree in the Rose Pavilion, guests may use phones or cameras for brief photo sessions with Santa, parrots and reptiles. A third, smaller tree will decorate the Bromeliad Conservatory.
Other options for enhancing visitor holiday spirits will include crafts and storytelling for kids; holiday music while strolling through the Gardens; and great gift ideas in Nature’s Boutique. All activities included in general admission except photo sessions with Santa and friends, $10 donation each, which helps fund parrot and reptile care.
Story-Telling: “The Night before Christmas in Texas”,
“Legend of the Poinsettia” 10 am, 3 pm
Pictures with Santa, Parrots: 10:30-11:30 am, 12:30-1:30 pm
Pictures with Santa, Reptiles: 3:30-4:30 pm
Parrot Talk Show: 1:30-2:30 pm
Kids Crafts: 10 am-2 pm
Kids “Loose Parts” Program (Natural Materials Block Building) 2-4 pm
Food Truck on site for Lunch!