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Frost Fest 2024: February 16-17

Friday, February 16 - Doggy Date Night

Saturday, February 17 - Tropical Santa Night

Ticket information:

  • 6 years old & older: $5 + tax
  • Dogs: $1 per dog - Feb. 16 only
  • FREE Admission
    • 5 & under
    • SDSU Students (with id)
    • Members
    • SDSU employees (Employee with id must be present) + up to 6 guests

Tickets can be purchased at the front desk upon arrival.

Doggy Date Night

February 16
5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

If you missed the 2023 Garden Glow (or were waiting for the snow to fall) join us as we reignite the lights! It is also Doggy Date Night, so make sure to bring your furry friend and take a stroll through the lights! 

This event is for all ages. 

Tropical Santa Night

February 17
5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

It's Tropical Santa night: Featuring Santa and Buddy the Elf! Join us as Santa and Buddy bring their vacation to us! We will be hosting a cash bar, and will enjoy some of Buddy's main food groups for snacks. This event is FREE to attend and is for all ages.

If you would like to walk the lights while you are here, fees will apply. 

Outdoor igloo at Frostfest surrounded by snow and a ligthed path.

Rent the Igloo!

Frost Fest: February 16 & 17, 2024
Rental Times: 5:30-7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

90 minute rental includes:

  • Heated space to gather
  • Seating for up to 6 guests
  • Smore's
  • Hot chocolate

Friday, Feb. 16

Saturday, Feb. 17


Members: Free
Adults: $6
Senior ages 65 and over: $4
Youth ages 6–17: $4
SDSU Employees: FREE with Staff/Faculty ID
Military personnel: $4 w/valid ID
Children ages 5 and under: Free
SDSU Students: Free w/valid SDSU ID

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"Connecting people and plants through education, discovery, research, and enjoyment of the natural and built landscape.”

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