At some point during the season, you've got to get out of the congested malls and department stores, to really enjoy the spirit of the holidays. At Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens' Holiday Lights at the Garden, you can get back to nature while being surrounded by holiday displays with more than 600,000 lights and decorative scenery. Oh, and make sure you're being nice, as Santa Claus will be roaming the garden too. Continues through Dec. 31. Hours for Holiday Lights at the Garden: Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m.- 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m.- 10 p.m. Events on each night vary, see calendar on Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden's Website for more details. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 South New Hope Rd., Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org.