Dreaming of a Green Christmas at Shangri La Botanical Gardens

Published 8:15 pm Wednesday, November 27, 2019

To The Leader


Experience the magic of Christmas on Saturday, December 14, 2019, for Dreaming of a Green Christmas at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center.

Dreaming of a Green Christmas is a daylong family event to celebrate the holiday season. Activities begin at 10 a.m. with Santa Claus who will be available to take requests and photos.

Throughout the day, families can enjoy a hands-on experience of making a Christmas ornament for their Christmas tree using natural materials. 

Adults can participate in a wreath-making workshop, where they will make-and-take a holiday festive wreath. RSVP for the wreath making workshop with your materials fee at shangrilagardens.org.

While strolling through the gardens, be sure to visit the Children’s Garden which becomes “Candyland” with a bright, colorful gingerbread house. And, don’t forget to strolls through the gardens to see the beautifully community-decorated Christmas trees. 

Bring the whole family and enjoy a Christmas experience for visitors of all ages.


Visit with Santa Claus

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Display Greenhouse

See Santa Claus before he gets busy organizing elves, checking the “list”, and making Christmas toys!


Create a Christmas Ornament using natural materials

10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Nature Discovery Center Lab

The whole family can work together to make an ornament using natural materials. Take home your unique creation to display on your Christmas tree!


Christmas Strolls will usher in the Christmas Season with colorful displays throughout the garden during the evenings of December 7, December 11-14, and December 18-21, 2019 from 6 p.m. through 9 p.m.

Shangri La is a 250+ acre space in Orange, Texas, along the waterways of Adams Bayou that combines botanical gardens and an education nature center in a unique way. Imagine a place where you can escape the routine and stroll along garden paths surrounded by fragrant flowers. Birdwatch for hours or take a naturalist-led excursion along Adams Bayou to see the wonders of nature, learn about the environment and its care, discover animals in their natural habitats and spend time with friends and family. Enjoy the Children’s Garden that delights the young and young-at-heart, gain a new sense of environmental stewardship and participate in classes and workshops that promote “green” ethics and life-long learning for all ages.

Shangri La is a program of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, a private operating foundation that aims to encourage and assist education and to improve and enrich the quality of life in Southeast Texas by providing significant resources for the study and enjoyment of art, history, nature and culture.

Located at 2111 West Park Avenue in Orange, Texas, Shangri La Gardens is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday free of charge from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information call 409-670-9113 or visit shangrilagardens.org.