Uncovering Colorado: Denver Botanic Gardens Blossoms of Light

Uncovering Colorado is a new series that I am instituting on Two Kids and a Map.  We packed up all of our belongings and drove for three days from Pensacola, Florida to Denver, Colorado where we are making a home.  I thought about starting a separate site, much like my Pensacola with Kids site, but I decided that I want to keep everything in one place.  This is where Uncovering Colorado comes in.  Join us as we explore our new home.

The Denver Botanic Gardens Blossoms of Light is a treat for the senses.   The smell of warm drinks and spiced nuts floats through the air.  The brisk weather chills your cheeks but it won’t stop the smile from forming on your face.  Bright lights surround you as you wander through the path.  It is a sight to behold and one that will put you in the holiday spirit.

Before we moved here, a friend who is from Colorado Springs told me that I couldn’t miss the Denver Botanic Gardens Blossoms of Light.  I was so excited to get a chance to see this supposed light extravaganza and it did not disappoint.

The kids and I bundled up in our jackets, gloves and scarves and drove to the Denver Botanic Gardens.  The gardens are easy to find.  I am always nervous about finding parking in downtown areas of big cities.  Do I need quarters?  Will I need to remember my parking number and pay a machine?  Do I not have to worry about it because it is after 6?  Luckily, the Denver Botanic Gardens has an underground parking garage that seems to have plenty of spaces to accommodate visitors.  Parking is free and you are just a crosswalk away from the garden entrance.

The Denver Botanic Gardens is open from now until January 1, 2013 from 5:30 to 9:30.  Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for children ages 3-12 and children 2 and younger are free.  There is a small concession stand that is available but not on all of the nights that the gardens are open.

Purchase the HoloSpex glasses before beginning your tour of the lights.  Just do it.  You’ll be glad you did.  I think the glasses added an extra hour to the amount of time that my children were willing to spend looking at Christmas lights.

*Thank you to the Denver Botanic Gardens for hosting me and my children.  As always, opinions are mine and mine alone and there was no expectation of review, positive or otherwise. 




  1. 1

    Looks like a great garden display! We’ve never been to Denver, but have been to similar light displays at zoos or gardens and always love them.

  2. 2

    Beautiful, thanks for the great info! The holospecs glasses sound fun, have you seen them used anywhere else?

  3. 3

    I LOVE holiday lights. It really isn’t the season of magic without them. Here in the DC/Baltimore area we have SO many cool, stunning and kitschy displays.

  4. 4

    Looks lovely – I wish our botanical gardens did this! Our kids have already gotten bored with the residential lights in town so we’re driving up to a special holiday display next weekend.

  5. 5

    So pretty! I love that you walk through the gardens as opposed to the many drive through light displays.

  6. 6

    We loved the Blossoms of Light! It was our first time and I think we’ll likely go every year from now on.

    It was great meeting you Saturday night!!