4 weekends of lights, trees,

petting zoo, hay rides, s’mores & cocoa, animal photos & SANTA!

Nov. 25/26    ▪     Dec. 2, 3    ▪     Dec. 9/10    ▪     Dec. 16/17

The traditional live, lighted 20-foot fir tree, with hundreds of colored lights, on the Rose Garden lawn, will be the centerpiece for four weekends of Holly-Days at the Gardens, Friday nights and Saturdays, starting Friday after Thanksgiving! 

New for 2022, local environmental artist Shelia Rogers has created her latest recycling masterpiece, “Eco Christmas Tree,” an 18-foot inward-lit tree made totally of green plastic bottles, collected by the community, representing the Gardens environmental and conservation mission, in the Plumeria Garden.  

Friday evenings, 5:30-7:30 pm, feature photos with animals; hay rides; photos with SANTA; Reptile Room; and s’mores & cocoa.  Smaller trees “spruce” up Conservatories and Butterfly House, with light displays and cut-out photo ops scattered through Gardens. 

Saturdays, 9 am-7:30 pm, all of above, plus Petting Zoo, Hay Maze and Kids Crafts.  

Twinkling scenery and majority of activities are included in general admission or membership thanks to sponsors Valero, City Solid Waste Services, Gulf Coast Crane and Joyce Barnette.   

Animals photos session are by reservation only, benefitting Animal Care.  Prepackaged s’mores and cocoa are $5 per person.  Call 361-852-2100.


  • PHOTOS with Animals Reservations
  • TREES & LIGHTS: 6-7:30 
  • PHOTOS with SANTA6-7:30  Rose Pavilion
  • Holiday Cut-Out Photo Ops: 6-7:30
  • Reptile Room Open: 6-7:30  Visitors Center
  • HAYRIDES: 6-7:30  Behind Pavilion
  • S’mores & Cocoa $56-7:30  Fire

SATURDAYS, 9 am-7:30 pm

  • TREES & LIGHTS: 9-7:30
  • Holiday Cut-Out Photo Ops: 9-7:30
  • Hay Maze: 9-6      
  • Monkey Mansion- 
    PHOTOS with SANTA: 10-1, 6-7:30 Pavilion
  • KIDS CRAFTS: 10-1
  • PHOTOS with Animals Reservations
  • HAYRIDES: 12-5, 6-7:30     
  • PETTING ZOO: 12-5    
    Behind Pavilion
  • S’mores & Cocoa $5: 6-7:30    Fire Pi-