Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights 2021

Join us in 2021 for our Biggest and Brightest year yet as we celebrate our “Million Light Year”!


Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights 2021
presented by Welch Packaging

December 10-11-12, 17-18-19-20-21-22-23, and 26
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. – last admission is at 8:09 nightly!

Wellfield Botanic Gardens’ Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights, presented by Welch Packaging, will transport you to a magical setting with lights, sound and beauty, perfect for families to enjoy during the holiday season. Enjoy this special opportunity to see Wellfield after hours in a wintry paradise!

Featuring professional light displays accentuating the natural beauty of Wellfield, the ½-mile Promenade Pathway is aglow with color and texture, framing our Garden spaces as you’ve never seen them before! Experience this great event with family and friends while enjoying the sounds of the season around the Promenade. Purchase hot cocoa and treats for kids and adults alike from Navarre Catering at our concession tent, presented by TCU. Enjoy a boutique shopping experience in the Visitors Cottage, a great place to pick up that perfect gift for that special someone – or yourself!


You can purchase tickets at the gate when you arrive, or in advance by clicking “Purchase Tickets” links found here. Ticket pricing includes:
– Free parking
– Admission to the Gardens during the light show
– No online ticket fees!


To learn more details about our lights, scroll to the bottom and check out our Frequently Asked Questions section below!

COVID-19 Precautions for Holiday Lights:
With the health and safety of all guests, volunteers, and staff in mind, we ask that you do your part to help our community stay healthy and adhere to our protocols, and we sincerely appreciate your cooperation! 

  • If you do not feel well, or you have been exposed to Covid, please do not visit until you and your group are through quarantine.
  • For the latest on the Main St construction project, and how it will affect access to the Gardens, please visit our website before you visit: Wellfield Gardens
  • Wellfield’s parking lot will be handicap parking and drop-off only.
  • Tickets are good any night, any time! Entry gates close for the evening at 8:09 p.m. All guests must exit by 8:59 p.m.
  • Paths will be one way throughout the Gardens.
  • Masks are optional on our property, but recommended when in a building (Garden Restroom building or our Visitors Cottage). Please be respectful of other’s choices and need for physical distancing.
  • Check in will be at our Admissions Tent, located just north of our Visitors Cottage. Please be patient with our staff and volunteers while they get you checked in for the event! Members, please have your membership card ready to receive your member discount.
  • While you’re on site, please visit our gift shop! Our Visitors Cottage will be open ONLY for gift shop and membership sales, no public restrooms.
  • The Restroom Building at the Event Plaza is open for use and will be checked/sanitized regularly throughout each evening.
  • Please exit through the Gate south of the Visitors Cottage, as directed by staff and volunteers.
  • Please do not cut through our parking lot – follow signs and fencing to return safely to your car.
  • HAVE FUN and enjoy our Winter Wonderland!

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions before visiting, we’ve probably got answers to all your questions on this very page! Scroll down the page past our sponsor list and photo gallery for FAQ’s.

Friday – Sunday, December 10-11-12
Friday – Thursday, December 17-18-19-20-21-22-23
CLOSED Friday and Saturday, December 24 and 25
Sunday, December 26

5 p.m. – Wellfield closes for general admission
5:30 p.m. – Gates re-open for Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights – tickets available!
8:09 p.m. – Admission gate closes for the night
8:49 p.m. – LIGHTS OUT!


Ticket Pricing

  • Public Adult: $12.00
  • Public Child (age 3-12): $7.00
  • Under age 3 are free
  • *Member Adult: $5 / Member Child/Grandchild (ages 3-12): $3
    Member Discount available for Wellfield members ONLY in person at the Gate (plenty of tickets available, no capacity restrictions this year!) or at our Visitors Cottage – your member discount applies throughout Holiday Lights!

    (*Member discount applies to up to 2 named Adult member(s) on membership card and dependent children or grandchildren)


Giving Tree Project Community Partners – – A portion of ticket sales is shared with the not-for-profit organization listed for each date. Enjoy the ‘Giving Trees’ decorated by each organization during your visit. Your ticket purchase not only supports Wellfield’s mission, it also supports other valuable not-for-profits in our community!

  • Fri, Dec 10, Boys and Girls Clubs of Elkhart County
  • Sat, Dec 11, Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County
  • Sun, Dec 12, Feed the Children
  • Fri, Dec 17, Elkhart County Symphony Association
  • Sat, Dec 18, SPA Women’s Ministry Homes
  • Sun, Dec 19, Oaklawn
  • Mon, Dec 20, ETHOS Innovation Center
  • Tue, Dec 21, 525 Foundation
  • Wed, Dec 22, LoveWay, Inc (partnering with Camille’s Floral Shop)
  • Thu, Dec 23, Church Community Services
  • Sun, Dec 26, Junior Achievement & Lemonade Day serving Elkhart County

    Past Giving Tree Sponsor Organizations:
  • Ryan’s Place
  • Humane Society of Elkhart County
  • CAPS – Child and Parent Services
  • D321gner Space, Inc
  • Beacon Children’s Hospital

Interested in Partnering for our Event with a Sponsorship? CLICK HERE

Thanks to our 2021 PRESENTING SPONSOR:

Thanks to our 2021 MAJOR SPONSORS

Thanks to our 2021 SUPPORTING SPONSORS:

Thanks to our 2021 MUSIC SPONSORS

  • Centier Bank
  • McCourt & Associates – Ameriprise Financial, LLC

Thanks to our 2021 GLOW SPONSORS

  • Events by ProShow

Promotional Support Provided By:

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Have questions about the event? We’ve got answers!

When are you open?
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. each night of the show. Last admission is at 8:09 p.m. You can visit anytime during the duration.

Can I get tickets at the gate, or do I have to purchase in advance?
You can get tickets at the gate the night you visit! Credit cards preferred.

Do we have to choose a night or time to visit?
Tickets are good any night, and any time we are open for the lights – you choose!

Will you sell out of tickets?
No! Tickets are plentiful – get them in advance or at the gate. No capacity restrictions this year!

Do we need to be there right at 5:30?
No. You can enter the Gardens any time while we’re open, from 5:30 – 8:30 nightly. And it’s actually not dark at 5:30, so we recommend arriving a little later for the full effect of the lights! Final admission is at 8:09 p.m. nightly.

I received a ticket from my employer. Do I need to tell you what day/time I plan to visit?
No. If you’d like to add on to your group, additional (purchased) tickets are available at the gate. 

My ticket does not have a date on it. When can I visit?
Tickets are good any night! Additional (purchased) tickets are available at the gate.

Do I need my printed/paper ticket?
YES – you must present a paper ticket or show us your ticket on your phone.

Can I show my tickets purchased online on my phone?
Yes, you can show your tickets purchased online on your phone’s screen – – be sure to have your phone’s display as bright as possible when presenting. We’ll scan your ticket at our pre-paid line!

Where should I park?
Wellfield’s main lot will be reserved exclusively for handicap placard-displaying vehicles and drop-off ONLY.

General Parking for Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights is available at Dometic Corporation, on the northeast corner of the Main Street and Simonton Street intersection. From there, it’s a short walk to Wellfield’s main entrance. Cross the street using the crosswalk and follow signs to the entrance.

Wellfield Event Access as of 12-3-2021

How long does it take to see the lights?
Our main Promenade Pathway is approximately 1/2-mile around and our garden spaces wind in and out of that path; you can go as quickly or slowly as you’d like. Our paths will be one way around the Gardens. This may mean it takes a little longer, but with more lights, we would expect that! Most people are able to see the show in about 45-60 minutes.

Will the show go on, rain or (star)shine?
Yes! But if the weather is frightful and conditions are unsafe (think: lightning / emergency road closures), we reserve the right to close.

Please check our Facebook or Twitter page or call us at 574-266-2006 ext 105 if weather is severe. And if we do close one night, your tickets are good any other night!

Can I take a golf cart tour of the holiday lights?
No. While there will be a golf cart onsite for emergencies, we cannot have a cart on the route for safety reasons (darkness, families with small children, narrow pathways, and golf carts don’t mix).

Do you have wheelchairs available?
Two loaner wheelchairs are available in the Visitors Cottage and are available on a first-come, first served basis (must remain on the path). Other personal power-driven mobility devices (personal electric “scooters”) are permitted.

Are dogs or other pets allowed at Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights?
No. Due to congestion, darkness, and leash trip hazards, pets are not permitted at holiday lights or any other special/ticketed events at Wellfield. No exceptions.

Will the Children’s Garden be open during Holiday Lights?
Yes! Our Children’s Garden will be open during our Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights shows, with a special feature returning you’re sure to love!

Are there restroom facilities in the Gardens?
Yes, there are restrooms available at the Event Plaza. Hand sanitizer is available. Masks encouraged while in our restroom building.

Will food and drink be available in the Gardens?
Yes! New in 2021 – Navarre Catering will be offering beverages and snacks on our Event Plaza. Cash and credit accepted.

I have a complimentary admission pass to the Gardens, can I use it to get in to Holiday Lights?
NO. Our admission passes can be used on any day we are open, but are NOT valid for special/ticketed events such as our Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights.

I’m a member of another botanic garden and use that membership to visit Wellfield. Will my AHS reciprocal privileges allow me admission to your Holiday Lights?
No. As Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights is a special, ticketed event, AHS reciprocal does not apply.

If I buy tickets and cannot attend on the night I planned, what do I do?
Your tickets are good any night. With 17 nights of Winter Wonderland, we’re sure you’ll find a night that works for you and your group. Can’t use your tickets? Tickets are transferable, so you can gift them to a friend, or we will graciously accept your ticket purchase as a donation to Wellfield. NO REFUNDS given, for any reason.

Why no Refunds?
We hope our 17 scheduled nights of Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights will provide you with ample opportunity to use the event tickets you purchased. As a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization which derives all of its operating capital, development costs and endowment from private donations, annual memberships, private grants and earned income (like Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights tickets) and receives NO government or tax-based funding of any kind, we know you’ll feel the satisfaction of supporting Wellfield and its important Mission. If you do not feel well, or you have been exposed to Covid, please do not visit until you and your group are through quarantine. 


    • Hi Keshav!

      Your Fernwood membership is good for standard admission, but is not valid for special ticketed events like our Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights. Thanks for asking!


    • Hi Melanie, if you’re asking do we have bright, flashing lights like at a concert, the answer is no. We do have some “twinkling” lights in our trees and some lights that move (ie, drop lights), but they are up in the trees. Hope this helps, please let us know if you have any more questions!


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  3. Can tickets be purchased at the gate? I cannot get my family to commit in advance. It’s more likely to be a spur of the moment decision.?


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