Illuminations is Wichita’s premier light display taking place every year at Botanica. With more than one million lights, we invite the community to tour themed gardens, hear live music and visit with Santa. Illuminations transforms each garden area into a different themed holiday display or uniquely lit botanical setting. Brightly lit larger-than-life flowers and bugs are placed throughout the gardens, and our pond and fountains are home to floating, lit-up giant trees that dance to the beat of music. Every night, Santa visits and takes pictures with the children, and everyone enjoys the Candy Cane Lane and our funky tree. The Children’s Garden brings smiles to young and old with lit monster trees, fairy lights in the musical maze and fun holiday creatures lighting up every corner. Live carolers and music groups are even on hand to entertain. Hot chocolate, s’mores, dinner and more are sold throughout the gardens and, on the weekends, an adult hot toddy bar is available, as well.
Along with your favorite holiday traditions, don’t forget to check out our latest additions at Illuminations! Watch the Main Meadow show dance to the beat of the music, now expanding around the button fountain in the flower beds, tresses and rose arbor. Experience our new and improved underwater scene in the Shakespeare Garden, then walk the woodlands to find a display of traditional white lights with more than 25 chandeliers. Our beautiful Butterfly Garden is being overtaken with large and small butterflies, and our Butterfly House is now surrounded by a canopy of lights. Make sure you checkout the new strobe tree in the Children’s Garden Meadow, and stop by the funky tree to play a game of I-spy! Last but not least, find our Elf on the Shelf, Eddie, as he travels through the gardens to a new location each night, overseeing this unique holiday experience only at Botanica!