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Magical Winter Break Fun at the Botanical Gardens

Erin Grajek

Buffalo, NY- The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens has filled the month of December with magical holiday experiences that will create unforgettable memories for all ages. Whether it’s a family activity or a date night, the seasonal plants, lights, and train displays will bring joy to all visitors. Take the kids during the day or at night while they're off from school and make the most of the holiday season with an entertaining tropical escape.

The Poinsettia and Railway Exhibit is a holiday favorite that has become an annual traditional for many in the Buffalo area. The exhibit is open daily from now until January 2, 2022 and is included with regular admission to the Botanical Gardens. This year the poinsettia collection features bright yellows, deep pinks, and even autumn leaf colors that complement the more traditional colors in deep reds and whites. The Railway exhibit by the Western New York Garden Railway Society is filled with whimsical characters and trains that are on the move during the day and even have some special lighting features that can be experienced during Gardens After Dark: Magical Poinsettias.  

Gardens After Dark: Magical Poinsettias will be taking place for its final days on December 27-30 from 5:00pm through 9:00pm. The Botanical Gardens will be filled with colorful and soft lighting to enhance and complement the Poinsettia and Railway exhibit. The beautiful plants will be dazzled in twinkling lights that will bring warm feelings of holiday joy. As visitors walk into the grand structure of the Main Palm Dome, ornaments will hang over head and among the trees, and sights of lights will beam onto the plant collection throughout the entire conservatory. Gardens After Dark is a perfect way to escape the chaos of the holiday season that can be enjoyed by all ages whether it be for a family night or a date night. 
Tickets must be pre-purchased online at buffalogardens.com. General Admission tickets for the Poinsettia and Railway Exhibit are $12.50 for adults, $11.00 for seniors 62 and over, $11.00 for students 13 and over with ID, $7.00 for kids 3 to 12 and Botanical Gardens’ Members and kids 2 and under are free but must have a ticket.  Gardens After Dark tickets are $13.50 for adults, $12.00 for seniors (62+), $12.00 for students (13+), $7.00 for kids 3-12.  Tickets for Garden Members are $11.50 for adults, $10.00 for seniors (62+), $10.00 for students (13+), $7.00 for kids 3-12. Guest passes, coupons and Arts Access passes are not valid at Gardens After Dark. Masks are required for all visitors, staff, and volunteers inside any building on the Botanical Gardens campus, regardless of vaccination status. 
Use #GardensAfterDark and tag @BuffaloBotanicalGardens when posting on social media. Proceeds benefit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire curiosity and connect people to the natural world through its historic living museum. 

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