Some traditions around the December holiday season have been around for a long time – writing a letter to Santa or visiting him at the mall to share what you’re wishing for, leaving a plate of cookies out for him when he visits, or going caroling. Other holiday traditions have come into fashion more recently, such as the craze of shopping on Cyber Monday. Another recent tradition which is gaining popularity and is becoming part of family holiday traditions across the US is venturing out to enjoy light displays. Here are three light shows that we think you won’t want to miss this season!
Garden Lights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta’s botanical garden offers an amazing light show that runs every evening from November 11th to January 7th. On Friday and Saturday, the show runs from 5-11 p.m. and during the week the show can be enjoyed from 5-10 p.m. During the holiday season guests can enjoy the Walk of Flames, the Tunnel of Light the Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest, and Model Trains. Young and old alike will enjoy the many strands of lights that cross through Storza Woods. This is the seventh year for this event at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, and if you haven’t attended it’s something that should not be missed this December!
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ZooLights at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC
If you’re in the Washington, D.C. area, you should not miss the amazing light exhibition at the National Zoo that’s free! This event is held from November 24th to January 1st, but is closed December 24th, 25th, and 31st – it runs rain or shine from 5-9 p.m. This holiday light show feature sculptures of the most popular zoo animals and visitors are treated to a laser light show, musical performances, train rides, and other winter-themed activities. There is no admission cost, but special holiday treats like hot chocolate and kettle corn are sold with proceeds going towards wildlife conservation projects.
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Photo: Nicholas Karlin
Illuminate SF- Festival of Lights in San Francisco
If you’re on the west coast this December, don’t miss experiencing the San Francisco Festival of Lights. Running from Thanksgiving to New Years, this festival includes many different light installations and events that are being held throughout the city. For example, there is a SF Holiday Lights Tour at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. running from November 25th to December 30th at Fisherman’s Wharf . Also, Photosynthesis: Love for All Seasons, is a light event on December 7th at 7 p.m. at the Golden Gate Park – Conservancy of Flowers. We love the diversity and adventure of this Festival – the wide variety of events will appeal to all.
Find out where the next light ‘experience’ is by clicking here.
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