December Christmas caroling events at Shangri La Botanical Gardens will benefit the area’s hungry through a concurrent food drive. 

For the first three Tuesday evenings in December, patrons of all ages are invited to bring a lawn chair and enjoy choral performances by local high school choirs as well as other singers, around a grand Christmas tree in the Shangri La courtyard. While admission to these events is free, Shangri La visitors are urged to bring non-perishable food items to donate to Orange Christian Services. 

Director Michael Hoke comments, “Shangri La is starting a new Christmas tradition that revisits Lutcher Stark’s practice in the 1940s of decorating a large Christmas tree and displaying a nativity scene on the grounds. We’re inviting families from all over to join us to get into the spirit of the season and even join in the caroling.”
Times and caroling group include:

Dec. 1 6-8 p.m. (Orangefield High School Choir).

Dec. 8, 6-8 p.m. (Volunteer Choir of Shangri La).

Dec. 15, 6-8 p.m. (Little Cypress High School Choir).

Refreshments will be available at the Star and Crescent Moon Cafe after each performance. The Garden Store will also be open so guests may shop for the holidays.

All events are free for Shangri La members and included in the general admission fee for non-members. For more information, call 670-9113 or go to 

The Shangri La Visitor Parking area, located across West Park Avenue from Shangri La, will be open and available to Shangri La visitors free of charge. A restricted access parking lot for vehicles with proper handicap designation is located just inside the vehicular entrance gate of Shangri La.