Giving To You This Giving Tuesday & Month

It’s “Giving Tuesday” and you’ve probably seen a lot of email and social media calls for support from San Diego non-profits today. Here at the Mom’s Guide, we want to give something to YOU!

Each week this month we will profile one of our favorite San Diego non-profits and give you the chance to enter to win a membership, admission or event ticket in support of that organization. We start today with the San Diego Botanic Garden.

What we love: Get out of the house and enjoy nature as a family with wonderful weekly mommy & me programs, Family Thursday Night events all summer long and amazing special events including the Fairy Festival, the Lady Bug Festival and the upcoming Garden of Lights.

Enjoy the garden’s 37 acres of year-round blooms and special children’s gardens like Seeds of Wonder, designed for pre-school age children, and the Hamilton Children’s Garden, with its multi-level tree house and rope ladders.


What we’re offering: Enter for your chance to win a 2018 family membership to the San Diego Botanic Garden by leaving a comment below. If you become our winner, all year long you’ll have free access to the gardens, most special events, complimentary guest passes and complimentary parking.

When we’re going: December is our favorite month to visit for the Garden of Lights event with Christmas carolers, snow sledding, marshmallow roasting and horse drawn carriage rides. The event kicks off this weekend and continues through the month from 5 – 9 p.m. (closed on 12/24 and 12/25).

photo credits: San Diego Botanic Garden Facebook Page

Tickets are $10 for members, $5 for children ages 3-12 and $15-$20 for non member adults, depending on the day.

Use this chart to help you plan your visit.  The snow forecast is a “Best Guess” prediction based on information available at the time of posting. All snow activity days are dependent upon weather conditions and subject to change.

2017 Garden of Lights Activities Calendar

DATE % Chance
of Snow*
Entertainment Horse &
Garden of Lights Garden of Lights Garden of Lights Garden of Lights
Dec 2



Stage 4 Jazz wishing you a musical Holiday Season


Dec 3


YES Peace on Earth Carolers –
A Victorian Christmas
Dec 4


YES The guitar & vocal sounds of ‘JJ’  Jenkins NO
Dec 5


YES Stage 4 Jazz wishing you a musical Holiday Season NO
Dec 6


YES Ecke YMCA dance group  NO
Thur, Dec 7


YES Carlsbad Community Theatre NO
Dec 8


YES Latin Holidays with The Ray Briz Trio NO
Dec 9


YES Glen Fisher Trio wishing you Happy Holidays YES
Dec 10


YES Retro Holiday Celebration-The Jolly Holidays YES
Dec 11


YES Retro Holiday Celebration-The Jolly Holidays YES
Dec 12


YES Moonlight Youth
Holiday Stars
Dec 13


YES The guitar & vocal sounds of ‘JJ’  Jenkins YES
Thur, Dec 14


YES Sacha Boutros singing in the Holiday Season YES
Dec 15


YES Latin Rhythms with
Tommy Aros 
Sat, Dec 16


YES Tripp Sprague wishing you a Jazzy season YES
Dec 17


YES Mariachi holiday celebration YES
Dec 18


YES Retro Holiday Celebration with The Jolly Holidays YES
Dec 19


YES Janet Hammer’s ‘Sweathearts’ trio  YES
Dec 20


YES Stage 4 Jazz wishing you a musical Holiday Season YES
Thur, Dec 21


YES Highland Way X-Mas Show YES
Dec 22


YES Jimmer Bolden Quartet wishing you Jazzy Holidays YES
Dec 23


YES Leonard Patton singing in the Holidays YES
Dec 26


YES Janet Hammer celebrating with Double Take YES
Dec 27


YES Joe Rathburn- An Eclectic Accoustic Holiday  YES
Thur, Dec 28



Latin Holidays with the Glen Fisher Trio

Dec 29


YES Leonard Patton wishing you Happy Holidays  YES
Dec 30


YES Len Rainey & the Midnight Players- Bluesy Holidays YES

Fine print: The winner of our giving Tuesday/December contest will be announced on December 23rd. Each week a different non-profit will be highlighted, and readers are invited to enter for a chance to win a membership or admission. All entries will be collected and entered. One entry will be randomly selected to win and awarded the prize of their choice. Readers may enter every week during the month of December. Only one name and prize will be selected. 

33 thoughts on “Giving To You This Giving Tuesday & Month

  1. Bethany says:

    I am planning to take my preschooler to the Fairy event this year, and would love to check out thr other events with her! It’s so nice to take a break from all the busyness and enjoy nature!

  2. Juli Macias says:

    This looks fun! Thank you and Good luck everyone.

  3. Erin Hawn says:

    Throwing our hat in the ring! San Diego is such a kids wonderland. Thanks for reminding us of all the amazing adventures to be had. 😉

  4. Marylou says:

    We love this place!

  5. Danielle Mather says:

    We had a blast at the Garden of Lights last Christmas. We would love to go back :).

  6. Erin Flores says:

    I’ve never seen the lights here!

  7. Bo says:

    My family loves the outdoors and would love to be considered for this.

  8. Wendy says:

    We really enjoy going here.

  9. Marisa Cunningham says:

    My family loves the Birch Aquarium. It would be great to visit again!

  10. Brandy Garner says:

    We’ve yet to explore this place much. We would love to be considered!

  11. Kat Sue says:

    The Garden of Lights sounds so pretty!

  12. Sheree says:

    We have never been to the botanical gardens as a family. Would love a membership to check it out.

  13. Jasmine Richards says:

    One of our favorite places ! Would love to win ! Thanks Moms Guide

  14. Sarah says:

    We would love to win passes!

  15. Megan G says:

    Haven’t been in so long and would love to go back!

  16. Alba R says:

    Sign me up! Loved the times I been there, but I have never been to any of their events. Thanks.

  17. Yana Eliseev says:

    This place sounds amazing! We would love to win the membership.

  18. Cat Phillips says:

    Incredible natural garden escape from our busy world. Would love to have a membership!

  19. Tanya says:

    Such a fantastic place!!! A true gem.

  20. Alia says:

    Such a wonderful place!

  21. Paula Miranda says:

    I have never been to the gardens. I have always wanted to go and take my family. This would be so great!

  22. Mary Lashinsky says:

    Now that my son is 2 1/2 years old we would love to check out the gardens never been!

  23. Karina Wong says:

    What an amazing opportunity ! We love exploring San Diego County and have not had the opportunity
    of going to the botanical garden. From looking at the website it seems like such an Amazon place !

  24. Danielle says:

    What a cool opportunity! My family would really enjoy annual passes to the SDBG, there is so much to see and do there!

  25. Cyndi says:

    This is amazing! You rock Moms Guide!

  26. Melissa Philpott says:

    Camden would love this!

  27. Alicia says:

    Thanks for giving on GIVING TUESDAY! 😊

  28. Irena says:

    Oh how fun, we love this place! Thank you so much fir this opportunity.

  29. Anya Miller says:

    I’d love a membership so I could explore the botanical garden with my little guy!

  30. Lizzet Fitz Cluster says:

    We have heard so many amazing thing about the botanical gardens and all the events. We would love to be able to go all the time! We would
    Love the membership! Thank you!

  31. Joe says:

    My kids and I love outdoor activities

  32. Veronica says:

    I’ve never been. I would love to take my family!

  33. Katy cole says:

    We love the botanical garden! And would love a membership:)

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