November 17, 2023


A family enjoying the Redding Garden of Lights at Turtle Bay in Redding, CA.

It’s the most magical time of the year, and if you’re looking to immerse yourself in holiday cheer, the Redding Garden of Lights at Turtle Bay is for you.

Whether you’re looking for a family night out or the perfect date night, this spectacular light display transforms the gardens into a shimmering winter wonderland.

10 Things To Do at Redding Garden of Lights


Sundial Bridge Garden of Lights

1) Walk Across the Glowing Sundial Bridge

Stroll the iconic Sundial Bridge, magically glowing green and lined with shimmering white lights. This glass-decked bridge spanning the Sacramento River becomes the perfect fairytale entrance into the illuminated gardens.

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2) See Over 1 Million Twinkling Lights

Witness the magic of over a million twinkling holiday lights illuminating ten full acres of botanical gardens. You’ll swear you’ve stepped right into Disneyland with the sheer number and variety of colorful, dancing lights set to music.

Garden of Lights Botanical Garden

3) Experience Holiday-Themed Botanical Gardens

The McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens has never looked so good! You can expect to see playful Wintry Wildlife, enchanting Prismatic Pollinators, and cheery Meadow Merriment. The sparkling Polar Path even leads you through an icy igloo!

A woman sitting on her husband's lap on a glowing LED swing at the Garden of Lights in Redding CA

4) Swing on the Glowing Swings

Sway into the holiday spirit on the new glowing swings, perfect for photos and delighting kids (and kids at heart) of all ages.

5) Host Your Party in the Cozy Redding Garden of Lights VIP Igloos

Gather your people and snuggle up in the new VIP igloos! Choose from one of two exclusive igloos, each equipped with firepits, pillows, and blankets for the ultimate cozy experience.

6) Sip on Holiday Treats and Drinks

As if the Garden of Lights couldn’t get any better, the food trucks and beverage stations provide multiple opportunities to warm up and refuel with holiday drinks and treats. The menu includes festive favorites like spiced cider, hot chocolate, spiked drinks for adults, beer and wine, cookies, and more. You can even order dinner!

A family warming their hands around a fire pit at the Garden of Lights in Redding

7) Warm Up at the Fire Pits

No need to rush through the illuminated gardens to beat the cold. Stop at any number of cozy fire pits along the way to warm your hands, snuggle up with your loved ones, or even roast s’mores. The glow of the fire will warm your hearts and your hands.

8) Capture Festive Photos

Still need a photo for your Christmas card this year? Capture those smiles for holiday photos against the brilliant backdrop of the gardens. The magical ambiance provides endless festive photo ops.

9) Support Turtle Bay Exploration Park

It feels good to do good! Giving back to Turtle Bay Exploration Park helps provide for the animals who call it home. Your attendance helps fund this valuable community resource.

A family posing together in front of the Redding Garden of Lights sign

10) Make Magical Family Memories

The Garden of Lights makes for a memorable and festive family outing that will create magical memories. From kids to grandparents, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at this accessible venue. The entire path is friendly for strollers and wheelchairs.

Share this top 10 list to get your family and friends excited about this special annual event that captures the magic of the holidays. Let the glow of the lights brighten your spirits this season!

The Redding Garden of Lights is open now through January 7, 2024.


Looking for more fun things to do in Redding during the holidays?

See the complete 2023 Redding Holiday Events Guide.

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