Chilly Nights Bring Glowing Surprises: Winter Garden Aglow

By Danielle Gruden, Intern at Idaho’s Division of Tourism

Last week my friend and I decided to venture out into the winter bliss. It was a chilly Wednesday and we were not up for much more than sipping hot cocoa and enjoying winter’s splendor; we drove to the Idaho Botanical Gardens for their 14th Annual Winter Garden Aglow.

As we entered we saw tots running around, bundled in hats and mittens, couples with gleaming faces holding hands, and staff offering warmth with their smiles and warm apple cider. We could feel the warm energy that surrounded us, the joy and the excitement of the holiday season.

We strolled among the lights at the 14th Annual Winter Garden Aglow oohing and ahhing at the nearly 250,000 glowing bulbs shinning brightly, lighting the path. Shades of every color guided our eyes and excited our hearts. Fires along the path kept our hands warm and toasty when we took breaks to admire the scenery. Santa kept busy listening to the wishes of young ones and parents smiled at their children’s whispers to Santa.

As we left, we laughed at sticky mud clinging to our shoes on the way back to the car, feeling a bit more light-hearted. Very much in the Holiday spirit, and not yet ready for the evening to end, we went to dinner at 13th Street Pub and Grill and continued in amazement at the perfect night. We sipped on local beer and wine and indulged in piping hot sandwiches and hand-cut fries. It was a complete Wednesday night outing success; nothing short of perfect.

If you’re looking for a perfect evening stroll head the Winter Garden Aglow.
Open daily through January 9th from 6pm-9pm, with the last admission at 8:45pm.
Ticket prices at $8 for adults, $4 for children (4-12), and $4 for members.
Learn more here.