VERO BEACH, FL – Tuesday, November 7, 2023- McKee Botanical Garden is pleased to announce its holiday hours and Festival of Lights dates and schedule.

In recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Garden will be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 23. The Garden will be open on Friday, November 24 and Saturday, November 25 from 10 am – 5 pm, and on Sunday, November 26 from noon – 5 pm. 

In recognition of Christmas, the Garden will be closed on Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24 and Christmas Day, Monday, December 25. (The Garden is always closed on Mondays for maintenance).

In recognition of New Year’s, the Garden will be closed on New Year’ s Eve, Sunday, December 31 and New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, 2024.

Brighten up your holidays during McKee’s Festival of Lights. The event is held from 6 to 8 pm and is open for McKee Members Only on Wednesday, December 13 and Thursday, December 14. The event is open to the public and McKee members on Friday, December 15 through Sunday, December 17, Tuesday, December 19 through Friday, December 22, and Thursday, December 28 through Saturday, December 30 from 6 to 8 pm nightly. The last admission is at 7:30 pm on each of these nights.

The Garden’s majestic palms, exotic plants, trees, waterfalls, tranquil streams, and historic structures like the Hall of Giants and Spanish Kitchen will be illuminated with thousands of professionally installed LED lights, festive holiday decorations and lighted displays. Listen to local entertainment presented by the Imagine School South Vero Tangerine Ensemble, First Methodist Church Handbell Ensemble, and more.

Enjoy intermittent snow flurries, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, outdoor classic holiday movies, and tasty treats from the Garden Café.  By popular demand, the 1924 Wurlitzer Band Organ will be on display December 19 through December 22. The large-scale model train will be showcasing new features and will be on display from December 19 through December 22, and December 28 through December 30.

Note:  Off-site parking and shuttle buses are located at 146 Vista Royale Blvd. (less than a mile south of McKee Botanical Garden).

The Garden will close at 5:00 pm and will reopen at 6:00 pm for these special events. Garden admission for the holiday events is a separate admission than during regular business hours.

The Children’s Garden is not open during these activities.

Admission:  $15 Adults, $13 Seniors (65+)/Youth (13-17), $10 Children (2-12). McKee members and children under 2 free. 

For a complete listing of dates and times of all the activities, please visit our website at

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