New for 2023!

Flex Date Tickets

A Flex Date ticket allows you to attend Lightscape on ANY date from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.! A limited number of Flex Date tickets are available and won’t be renewed once sold out. Flex Date ticket pricing is the same for all dates and all ticket types. No member discount is available for Flex Date tickets.

San Antonio’s Spectacular Holiday Tradition
Returns Reimagined for 2023!

Get ready to be swept away by the reimagined magic of Lightscape as it returns to the San Antonio Botanical Garden. In its latest edition, this after-dark holiday oasis has been transformed to be bigger, brighter, and bolder than ever before. Experience a mesmerizing journey through a 1-mile path adorned with over one million lights, featuring brand new installations from around the world.

Prepare to rediscover cherished favorites while being spellbound by reimagined wonders, including the breathtaking Fire Garden and an even more magnificent display of Bluebonnets—an installation exclusive to the Lone Star state.

But Lightscape is not just about visual marvels. Indulge your taste buds with delectable festive food and beverages, and take advantage of the chance to roast s’mores, adding a deliciously delightful touch to an enchanting evening.

Anticipating high demand, secure tickets early! Become a member today and enjoy a special discount on online ticket purchases and gain exclusive access to the all-new Lightscape 2023.

Dates & Times

Nov. 17, 2023 – Jan. 1, 2024
Entry times are available every 15 minutes from 5:30 – 9 p.m. Most guests finish the trail in 90 minutes.



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What is Lightscape?

Lightscape is a magical holiday event held at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. It features over one million lights and creative displays that transform the garden into a breathtaking wonderland. Guests follow a one-mile path through the garden, surrounded by beautiful lights and seasonal music.

Some of the highlights of Lightscape include the Winter Cathedral, the Fire Garden, and a special display of Bluebonnets, which is unique to Texas. Aside from the lights, guests can also enjoy delicious food and drinks in a festive atmosphere.

Overall, Lightscape is a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season and experience the beauty of the San Antonio Botanical Garden in a whole new light.

What are the dates for Lightscape?

✽ Tickets are available every 15 minutes – this is the time you arrive


Peak Dates:

  • November 18, 19, 24, 25
  • December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

Off-Peak Dates:

  • November 19, 26, 30
  • December 3, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 31
  • January 1

Not operating on:

  • November 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29
  • December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 25
What are the ticket prices?

General Sale

  • Peak Dates: Adults: $28; Child (3-12) $18; Infants: 0-2 years: free
  • Off Peak Dates: Adults: $24; Child (3-12): $15; Infants: 0-2 years: free

Additional Info:

  • Day of Purchases are $5 more per ticket 
  • $3 convenience fee applies 
  • Members receive $3 off per ticket 
What are the ticket prices for VIP Experiences?

VIP Experiences include adult admission for either 2 or 4, one reserved parking space, and a dedicated VIP check-in lane. Extra children’s admission tickets can be purchased in addition to VIP packages.


Peak Date Pricing:

  • VIP 2-Pack (Including 1 parking space): $95
  • VIP 4-Pack (including 1 parking space): $145

Off-Peak Date Pricing:

  • VIP 2-Pack (including 1 parking space): $85
  • VIP 4-Pack (including 1 parking space): $130
What is the member discount?

The member discount is $3 per ticket; no member discount on VIP Experiences or Flex Date tickets.

What is the $3 per ticket fee?

This convenience fee helps ensure the Garden’s commitment to efficient online ticketing and contributes directly to the Garden’s non-profit mission to transform lives through plants and nature.

Where do I park?

Beginning Thursday, June 22, VIP Packages including parking are available for guaranteed onsite parking. A limited number of first-come, first-served parking spaces will be available in the Main Lot for $20. On-site parking cannot be pre-purchased online. Additional overflow parking is available on Old Austin Rd for free.

Is there a drop off area for rideshare?

Yes! Parking Lot A is the designated drop-off and pickup area for Uber and Lyft. The Garden highly encourages guests to use rideshare to enhance their Lightscape experience.

Who is Lightscape suitable for?

Lightscape is suitable for all ages – to be enjoyed by everyone. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Do Garden members need to buy tickets?

Yes. Garden members must purchase tickets online and receive $3 off regular ticket prices. Only Garden members are eligible for this discount. Additional service fees apply.

If I become a member am I eligible for the discount?

Yes, you can become a member online or by visiting the admissions kiosk during normal business hours. 

The date I want is sold out. Can I buy tickets at the door, day of?

Due to limited capacity, the Garden does not guarantee ticket availability at the door (day of). Due to high demand, guests are strongly recommended to purchase tickets online and in advance.

Does my Garden daytime admission or membership give me access to the Lightscape event?

No. Admission to Lightscape and the Garden are separate. Lightscape is a ticketed evening event with admissions starting at 5:30 p.m. Regular Garden admission prices apply if you visit the Garden during the day. If you have both regular admission and Lightscape tickets, you must exit the garden by 4 p.m. and return to enter Lightscape at your designated timed entry.

Should I arrive in advance of my ticketed time slot?

We strongly advise arriving at the gate 15 minutes before your entry time. Please allow time to park and check in. To provide you with the best experience, entry is granted based on the time designated on your ticket.

Do I have to leave before the next entry group comes in?

Once you are admitted, you do not have a time limit to complete your visit.

If I am delayed and miss my slot, can I join a later slot?

The Garden will try and accommodate you on the next available slot within Lightscape’s operational hours on the day. Please ensure you leave enough time to arrive on time if you travel a long way.

What if I can’t use my ticket? Can I get a refund?

Choose your date carefully! Please ensure that you have chosen the correct date and time slot for your booking. The Garden cannot offer exchanges or refunds once Lightscape tickets have been purchased.

Can I change the date of my tickets?

Choose your date carefully! Please ensure that you have chosen the correct date and time slot for your booking. The Garden cannot offer exchanges or refunds once Lightscape tickets have been purchased.

How long is the walk?

The exhibition route is a little over a mile long. This is a self-guided walking event. There are no shuttles or tours.

Is the path dark or covered?

In some areas, the lighting will be at a low level as part of the experience. You are encouraged to bring a flashlight in case of an emergency; this should not be used unless necessary.


The path is not covered, and all guests are reminded that this is an outdoor illuminated event, and the weather may be inclement. Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear for winter.

What are the last entry times?

The last time slot is 8:15 p.m. and the event closes at 10 p.m.

What time does Lightscape finish?

All guests must exit the Garden no later than 10 p.m. 

Can I take photographs?

Yes! Please use hashtag #sabotlightscape to share your experience. While waiting for that perfect shot, please do not block pathways or the view of others. No tripods allowed. Photographs and videos are not to be used for commercial purposes. No night commercial photography is allowed during Lightscape, permits will not be given.

Can I bring my drone?

Drones are not permitted. 

Are dogs allowed?

Pets are not allowed. Only ADA-designated service animals are permitted. 

Will Lightscape be open in inclement weather?

Lightscape is a rain-or-shine event. The Garden reserves the right to shut down or cancel the event if weather conditions are assessed to pose a risk to our guests’ safety.

Is there ADA access at Lightscape?

Yes. The event is accessible for wheelchairs, mobility assistant devices, and strollers. Wheelchairs are not provided and cannot be rented on-site.

Do you have accessible parking?

Yes, accessible parking spaces are available. 

Is the trail accessible for wheelchair users?

The illuminated path is approximately one mile in length. The exhibition route is a little over a mile long is designed so that it can be viewed solely from even paths.

Does it get cold?

We strongly recommend dressing warmly. The Garden may get cold during winter months. 

Can I purchase food and drink on-site?

Yes, a selection of food and drink will be available to purchase. 

Can I bring food and drinks?

No. Only food and drinks purchased on-site are permitted to be consumed during the illuminated trail. 

What shopping facilities are there?

The Garden Gift Shop will be open. 

What will happen if the weather is bad? Will Lightscape be cancelled?

Lightscape is an outdoor illuminated event. If the weather presents a hazard and a risk to safety, any decision to cancel will be taken by 2 p.m. on the day of the event. If Lightscape is cancelled, you will be notified by email and text message and you will be informed of the re-booking process. We advise you to check the website for the latest updates before you travel to the Botanical Garden. 

If I am unable to attend on a rescheduled day, can I get a refund?

If Lightscape is canceled per the cancellation policy and ticket holders cannot attend an alternative night offered, a refund will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We can also offer a voucher for the following year. The transaction fee is not refundable under any circumstances.

I have lost my ticket, what can I do?

If your tickets are lost or if you require your eTickets to be re-sent to you, please get in touch with or 210.536.1400.

I have a question that is not listed here. Who can I speak to for more information?

Please email or call 210.536.1400.