All aboard The Botanical Express! The popular children's Ride-on-Train is set to depart on a journey in the Garden.

$3 per passenger*
Tickets sold in the Hardin Visitor Center

Train Schedule
Saturday - Sunday, November 21 - 22
Saturday - Sunday, November 28 - 29
Saturday - Sunday, December 5 - 6
Saturday - Sunday, December 12 - 13
Saturday - Sunday, December 19 - 20
Daily, December 21 - 24, 26 - 27

Don't miss a stop at the Holiday Model Train Show to watch G-scale trains and a holiday trolley chug through an imaginary, beautifully planted landscape.

*Children under 3 must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. The Ride-on-Train does not run during inclement weather.

Weekends & Select Weekdays
November 21 - December 27
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Meet Saint Nick clad in his dark green robe and botanical head wreath. Bring a camera to take your own photos. 

Free with Garden Admission or Membership

Saturdays, November 28 - December 19
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Join the once-a-year fun of dogs in the Garden. Dress your pooch in holiday finery to compete for prizes with celebrity judges or to just show off.

Enjoy Pup Tent refreshments, Photos with Saint Nick, and connect with local canine enthusiasts and businesses in the Doggie Expo. The first 100 pre-registered participants to arrive receive a special Wag-Bag of gifts. Don't have a dog? Come enjoy the show!

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Rules and Guidelines

Questions About the Parade?

Registration ends on Tuesday, December 1. The cost is $15 per dog plus a $3 online fee. Regular Garden admission applies for humans and handlers. Guest passes and membership cards are accepted for human entry. The walk-up cost, in addition to regular human entry, is $18 per dog at the door. Walk-up dogs may not compete for prizes or participate in the parade.

December 5
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Garden Lights encores for a fifth season!

The annual electrical extravaganza features spectacular light displays throughout the Garden. In 2015, explore new features like the massive Tunnel of Light along with favorites such as the Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest, and Model Trains that continue to make the exhibition a must-see holiday tradition.

Tickets On Sale Now!


November 14, 2015
- January 9, 2016

5 - 10 p.m.

Explore the new Tunnel of Light!The Orchestral Orbs light up the night!Glow in the Radiant Rainforest.Party with the Botanical Bears in the Fuqua Orchid Center!

Take a journey around the holiday model train garden!

G-scale choo choo trains and a holiday trolley chug along six tracks in an imaginary, beautifully planted mountain landscape. They emerge from tunnels, cross bridges over rippling water, and soar across trestles. Small towns, train stops, and other structures dot the landscape. The trains depart during regular daytime hours and at night during Garden Lights.*


After exploring the model trains take a ride on the Botanical Express Ride-on-Train!

*Trains may not run during inclement weather.

November 14 - January 9

The model trains return for new adventures!Take a journey around the holiday model train garden!

Opening Spring 2016!


Internationally acclaimed artist, Dale Chihuly, returns to the Garden next spring for an encore exhibition of his spectacular works of art, presented in a setting that has doubled in size since his blockbuster show here in 2004.

Read What's Coming in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Support Provided By

The Home Depot

Spring 2016

Visitors are invited to take a stroll with a knowledgeable volunteer guide to discover interesting insights about the Garden and what's in bloom.

Free with Garden admission. Meet in the Hardin Visitor Center five minutes prior to tour time.

Groups of 10 or more qualify for groups pricing, but must register at least 2 weeks in advance to receive the discount.

Group Ticket Information

Tuesdays - Thursdays
1:30 p.m.