Gilroy Gardens may be one of the lesser known parks out there, but they are gearing up for their annual Holiday Lights event, and it looks fantastic!
It was pouring when we showed up, and thus the park was empty.
The entrance is all decorated for the holidays. It’s a little hard to see, but there are Christmas lights that correspond with the color of the sign.
Sycamore Bridge, the bridge that goes from the entrance to the actual park area, has been themed to Candy Cane Lane.
There are many candy canes hanging from the trees, embedded with lights, just like the entrance sign.
The collection of trees just past Sycamore Bridge have also been draped in lights.
Many of the stores have been outlined in lights as well. Some of the hedges have also been covered in lights, especially around the rock maze.
The Events Plaza was pretty popular during the rain, as it is covered. For the holidays, it is themed to Snowflake Palace.
Children can meet the Peanuts characters, and Santa here.
The lake has many scenes depicted in Christmas lights.
The upper level of the lake also features a large light display resembling a Christmas tree.
Bonfante Falls was closed for Holiday Lights preparation, and there are lights all over the back rock wall.
The Holly Garden has large cut outs that depict Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. Nice to see some diversity.
The Camelia Garden is being converted to Santa’s Workshop. There are tons of decorations hanging from the roof.
The Toy Soldier is now surrounded by nutcracker decorations.
There are more large cut out decorations extending all the way down to the Butterfly Exhibit.
South County Backroads, a ride similar to Disneyland’s Autopia, has a large 12 days of Christmas sign. The rainy weather caused the park to have many attractions either closed or running one train.
Quicksilver Express, the park’s main coaster, was understandably running one train during the rainy day. Despite the one train operations, we really did enjoy it! It’s fun and smooth family coaster with great landscaping, and a cool bit of theming!
Timber Twister Coaster, the kiddie coaster of the park, was down all day.
Banana Split, the classic pirate ship ride, wasn’t operating either.
Water Oasis, a small water park area (opened this summer), was of course closed.
Splash n’ Squirt, a water play area, is open only on days with temperatures upwards of 72 degrees. During the torrential downpour, it was obviously closed.
All of the park’s gardens were open, and looking gorgeous even in the rain.
The landscaping around the park is easily some of the best out there.
Some of the trees have got some really funky roots. Like the famous Gilroy Circus Trees.
The park ended up closing early at 1:30 pm due to weather. Gilroy Gardens was politely to give complimentary tickets to all guests who were inconvenienced by the early closing.
Here’s some Fast Lane and Season Pass news they placed around the park.
This park really is quite unique and a lot of fun! Holiday Lights looks very extensive, and will be another great event for this small family park!