Dec. 3, 2008 – Jan. 4, 2009

Wednesday through Sunday evenings

5-8:30 p.m.

With the Colorado foothills as a backdrop, this spectacular display will be draped in elegant designs along the countryside, illuminating the plants, trees and hardscape features. Nearly half of all the lights used will be sparkling, energy-saving, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), reflecting the Gardens’ commitment to conservation and sustainability.


The Gardens at Chatfield will be transformed into a winter wonderland that includes a children’s play area with a treehouse along the trail path. Tour the restored 1880s homestead that will be decorated in a charming Colorado country Christmas motif. Guests can also enjoy warm drinks to ward off the seasonal chill. The popular HoloSpex glasses, which magically transform the lights into shimmering 3-D shapes, will be available for just $1. Ample parking is available at no cost.


Please note: For the city-spirited, Blossoms of Light will return to the Gardens’ York Street location during the 2009 holiday season. Blossoms of Light has been temporarily suspended due to the construction of a parking structure and the new Bonfils-Stanton Visitor Center – both scheduled to open in the spring of 2009.


Trail of Lights ticket prices:

Adult: $9

Senior: (65+): $7

Child: (4-15): $6

Children 3 and younger: Free

(Members receive $2 off admission.)


Dates and times: Wednesday through Sunday evenings, from Dec. 3, 2008 – Jan. 4, 2009, 5-8:30 p.m. (last ticket sold at 8 p.m.)


Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield is located at 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road in Littleton, just south of C-470 on Wadsworth Blvd. The site is an affiliate of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and features 750 acres of plants, wildlife, grasslands and protected wetlands.


The presenting sponsor of Trail of Lights is Gates Corporation.


About Denver Botanic Gardens:

Rooted a mile high, Denver Botanic Gardens has been a favorite Denver destination for more than 55 years, and is considered to be one of the top ten botanic gardens in the nation. Art and science unite in the Gardens’ spectacular urban oasis, offering an unforgettable artistic garden experience for the whole family, as well as a living laboratory for education and plant conservation programs. Additional sites at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, a 750-acre wildlife and native plant refuge in Littleton; Mount Goliath, a high altitude trail and interpretive site on the Mount Evans Scenic Byway; and Centennial Gardens, a five-acre formal garden with a Colorado native plant palette in downtown Denver, extend this experience throughout the Front Range.  


Denver Botanic Gardens is located at 1005 York Street in Denver, Colorado. Visit us at or call 720-865-3500 for more information. Denver Botanic Gardens thanks the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.  



Media Contacts:

Will Jones, 720-865-3552

Lyn Berry-Helmlinger, 720-865-3545