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McCrory 9th Annual Garden Glow

McCrory Gardens

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Garden Glow. Stroll through an outdoor wonderland of lights, images and scenes of the holidays. (graphic)

Garden Glow Hours 

December 2, 2023 – January 6, 2024

Open nightly from 5–9 p.m.
(Excluding Dec. 24-25, 2023 and Jan. 1, 2024)
Last Admission nightly at 8:30 p.m.

Regular McCrory Hours and Gift Shop Hours:

Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Ticket Pricing:

Tickets must be purchased in advance

General Admission — $10

Children 5 and under — FREE

*Friends of McCrory Gardens Members — FREE
*a discount code will be mailed to you

**SDSU Students with Current ID — FREE
**Must get tickets in advance

Santa at McCrory Gardens!

Santa At McCrory Gardens!

Mingle with Kringle

Santa is back at McCrory Gardens this month, and he sure is looking forward to seeing everyone again. Santa visits are FREE, but make sure to register! Bring your own camera for pictures, there is no professional photographer at this year’s event. Our Santa area will be a festive, indoor setting inside the Education and Visitor Center.

Dates and Times:

  • Sunday, December 3, 1-4 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 10, 1-4 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 17, 5-8 p.m.
  • Monday, December 18, 5-8 p.m.

Admission is FREE

Please reserve a ticket for each person in the group, from newborn to adult in age.

Register For Santa

Horse Drawn Trolley Rides at McCrory Gardens

Trolley Rides at McCrory

December 3 and 10 

Enjoy a ride in a horse-drawn carriage through the Arboretum! Mike Olson and the Belgian horse team of Barney and Jamie will be giving trolley rides from 1-4 p.m.

Trolley prices: 

  • Adults (18+) - $10
  • Members - $10
  • Youth (6-17) - $5
  • 5 and Under - FREE
  • SDSU Students - $5

Tickets can only be purchased on-site the day of event. 

*No member discount is available for this event.

We look forward to this beautiful winter wonderland experience in the Arboretum!

*In case of inclement weather this event will be canceled.

Sponsor a Tree

Trees covered decorated with lights at McCrory Gardens with the tag Enchanted Forest: The place with Garden Glow began and will forever be a tradition.

Imagine the sight of thousands of twinkling lights on dozens of fresh evergreens, illuminating the Terrace Gardens of McCrory Gardens.

Imagine then, the faces of garden guests as they gaze upon something YOU have made possible.

Sponsor a Tree

Collage of Garden Glow photos

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Pay by credit card by choosing your desired giving level. You will be directed to the SDSU Foundation website.
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