3675 Arboretum Drive – Chaska, MN
Stroll through the Arboretum gardens decked out in Winter Lights. Enjoy fresh air as you explore outdoor light displays, highlighting flowers, trees and the beauty of nature, on a 0.75-mile walking route. See the new 16-foot weeping willow tree and walk through the giant apple, which pays tribute to the Horticultural Research Center’s apple research. Stop by s’mores village to warm up near a fire and buy s’mores kits to roast marshmallows.
The Arboretum’s Oswald Visitor Center and Snyder Building will also be decorated for the season — and the 25-foot Poinsettia Tree is back this year. The tree was created using more than 500 red, white and pink poinsettias! And new for 2023 will be a color-changing tunnel, a Winter Village on Scarecrow Hill and a field of sunflowers, all with more lights than ever before! You might also hear holiday tunes from local performers from the live Music Series, offered on select nights.
Special theme nights are available for families and photographers as well as date nights for adults and a New Year’s Eve celebration for all ages.
General Admission — Nov. 16-Dec. 31
Reservations: $10 members, $25 non-members, free for children 15 and younger
Dates: Nov. 17-19*, 20-22, 24-26*; Dec. 1-3*, 8-10*, 15-17*, 18-20, 22-23*, 26-28, 29-30*
*Nights with SouthWest Transit bus service from the East Creek Transit Station in Chaska
Family Nights — Dec. 7 & 21
Reservations: $15 for members, $30 for non-members and $5 for children 15 and younger; free for infants younger than 1 year
This family-friendly evening features smaller crowds, hot cocoa and a craft project. Get some fresh air before bedtime, and bring your children to explore the Arboretum at night as they walk through the magical Winter Lights displays under the beautiful night skies.
Date Nights — Nov. 30 & Dec. 14
Reservations: $25 for members; $40 for non-members
Make reservations for a romantic night under the stars with your favorite person. Stroll through the lights displays with smaller, adult-only crowds as well as a dance class from Costa Rica Ballroom and live music.
Dance Class: Costa Rica Ballroom dance will teach 30-minute classes at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. on both Date Nights.
Live Music: Comes A Time (Nov. 30) and The Barn Cats (Dec. 14)
Photography Nights — Dec. 6
Reservations: $22 for members, $37 for non-members
The Arboretum’s mesmerizing Winter Lights display opens for a limited-admission, photographers-only night, this Wednesday only! Registrants will also receive access to a pre-recorded webinar with Night Sky Photographer, Dr. Mike Shaw, to help them to make the most of the onsite photography experience. Photographers may view the recording of the webinar any time before their ticket date. At the Special Access Photographer’s Evening:
Photographers only! A limit of 200 photographer-only-visitors ensures a quality photographing experience.
New Year’s Eve Party — Dec. 31
Reservations: $20 for Arboretum members, $35 for non-members and $10 for children ages 15 and younger
Bring family and friends together to celebrate the end of 2023 with a magical walk through the Arboretum’s Winter Lights display, family-friendly games and live music from Traveled Ground. Take your picture in a photo booth, add your wishes for 2023 to the New Year Wish Tree and make a craft to bring home. Enjoy countdown celebrations on the hour at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. and again at 8, 9 and 10 p.m.