Downing Children's Garden
Illuminations at Botanica in Wichita, Kansas has been growing each year, but has greatly grown in 2020 when nearly 4,000,000 lights are displayed in separate walk through and drive through attractions. Almost 10 acres of theme gardens have nearly 3,000,000 of the lights along a one way route which allows visitors to be socially distanced while walking about a mile indoors and outdoors. With stops to talk to Santa, take a break at the fireplaces and enjoy a hot cocoa, a typical visit will probably take 45 minutes to an hour.
Timed tickets must be purchased online and give a half hour window to start your tour. Tickets cannot be purchased in person. Reservations can be changed up to 24 hours in advance. Check the Botanica Facebook Page to see if illuminations is canceled due to inclement weather.
Santa will be at Illuminations until December 23 waving and interacting with guests from behind glass doors, while Mrs. Claus delivers the candy canes through a chute. Since you can't whisper your wishes in Santa's ear, bring a letter to drop off in the oversized mailbox.
There will be live music on most nights from December 1-23 on the Grand Lawn Stage of the Koch Carousel Gardens from 7-8 p.m.
The Khicha Family Carousel will be open with tickets pre-purchased online while purchasing your admission. A limited number of rides will be sold per time slot and the carousel will be operating at half capacity. It will be cleaned after every ride. Your carousel time slot will coincide with your entry time slot. This is the only opportunity to ride the carousel during Covid restrictions.
Except for eating and drinking, masks must be worn during the entire walk through.
The drive through version of Botanica Illuminations is a mile long route with nearly 1,000,000 lights. The charge is $20 for a vehicle with seats for up to 8 people Sunday - Thursday and $25 on Friday & Saturday. Vehicles seating 9-15 people are $40 and $50 dollars. Larger vehicles or vehicles over 10' tall are not permitted. You may tune your radio to holiday music to go with the displays which is broadcast on low power FM.
copyright 2020 by Keith Stokes