Enter the new Tunnel of Light and prepare to be whisked away into a vortex of scintillating illumination at the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s fifth annual Garden Lights, Holiday Nights now through January 9.
The contemporary holiday tradition – named one of the top 10 holiday light shows in the country by USA Today – features nearly 2 million energy-efficient LED lights in blazing reds, brilliant oranges and sizzling yellows.
The newest addition to the 2015 show will be the Tunnel of Light, a nearly 100-foot-long immersive corridor of dazzling light leading visitors from the radiant Ice Goddess in the Cascades Garden, beneath the Canopy Walk, and back to the Fern Dell’s hovering Glittering Galazy of pulsating stars. More than eight feet high and equally as wide, the tunnel will embrace visitors with an enchanting glow of yellow, warm white, and red lights. Intricate “woven” patterns will make the tunnel as beautiful when viewed from above on the Canopy Walk as it is from within its arched enclosure.
“Guest are going to be blown away by this exciting new feature, which can be experienced on so many different levels,” said Garden President & CEO Mary Pat Matheson.
Visitors also will find their favorite crowd-pleasers from years past. The Orchestral Orbs will dance colorful choreography on the Great Lawn to the sound of seasonal music. Santa Mantis and her Brilliant Bugs will flutter through rows of glowing corn in the Edible Garden.
Shimmering locks will cascade over the Ice Goddess’ majestic features, while the Ice Storm Trees glisten in her wake. Following the sound of youngsters’ laughter, visitors will find the engines and cars of the Holiday Model Train Show running their circuits. Children of all ages will enjoy decorating and taking their portraits as snowmen and gingerbread men at the Decoration Station, and adults can be photographed under the Kiss Me arch.
Curtains of string lights, a living poinsettia wall, and orchids will welcome guests into the Fuqua Conservatory lobby. Exuberant displays of flower and foliage in red, white, and silver will comprise an elegant color scheme for one of the show’s most photographed destinations – the live poinsettia tree towering in the Orchid Atrium. The Bear Family in the Fuqua Orchid Center will be resplendent in finery reminiscent of the Great Gatsby era.
Look for plenty of snack and warm drink options at the new Petité Café and a full dinner menu at the Café at Linton’s during the show, presented nightly from 5 to 10 p.m.
Get your tickets HERE and start your holiday tradition at Garden Lights!