Botanic Garden warms up this holiday season with light-themed festival


Courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden

Thousands of twinkling lights will be on display during Lightscape at the Chicago Botanic Garden this holiday season.

Mandy Zoljargal

Chicago Botanic Garden is hosting its third Lightscape show. It is one of the most sought out events in the Chicago area.

Thousands of twinkling lights that shine with all the colors imaginable will be on display during Lightscape at the Chicago Botanic Garden this holiday season. Starting Nov. 12 and running on select dates until Jan. 22. The trail includes a 1.25-mile path filled with artistic installations set to seasonal music.

Nomi Mend, an Oakton student, went to the Lightscape with her family recently. She said, “I really enjoyed the experience, and it was a quality time with my family. I also saw many couples and friend groups, so I think it’s a perfect event for them to bond over. ”

Despite all the wonderful aspects that the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Lightscape show offers, there are a few things to keep in mind when planning to visit.

Mend said, “It was cold, so I would advise anyone who’s planning to go bring hot drinks and warm clothing with themselves. Also, I would advise not to buy hot chocolate from the cafe because it did not taste good at all unfortunately.”

“Lightscape has been so popular because it’s a festive opportunity to celebrate the season with friends and family while being amazed by exciting new installations that have never been seen before,” said Harriet Resnick, the garden’s vice president of Visitor Experience and Business Development.

More than 80 percent of this year’s trail will feature new installations from Chicago-based and international artists.