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Holiday Fun Returns to the Houston Botanic Garden with Lightscape

Take an enchanting stroll through the gardens lined with joyful holiday lights and wonder.

By Geneva Diaz

Framed by Mandylights takes a spin on the traditional light tunnels found at other Christmas light shows. 

Take an enchanting stroll through the gardens lined with joyful holiday lights and wonder. 

There’s no need to take a trip to the storage unit for your seasonal decor yet, but mark your calendar for this family-friendly holiday event coming up at the Houston Botanic Garden. For the second year in a row, Lightscape will feature a winding path through the botanical garden lined with holiday-themed tunes, immersive installations, and a diverse and permanent collection of plant life.

Favorites like the Winter Cathedral, Neon Tree, and Fire Garden will return, along with new art creations such as a spectacular display of Bluebonnets, which is an installation unique to Texas. Framed by Mandylights is another piece of art to look forward to as it takes a spin on the traditional light tunnels found at other Christmas light shows. The installation sees twenty geometric arches lined with brilliant color-changing pixel-mapped LED fittings to create a unique tunnel of lights effect with a distinctly modern edge. 

Get lost and meander through the Nautilus Forest, also created by Mandylights, that draws from nature and precise geometry to create an illuminated forest of spiraling trees, with more than 40,000 individually controlled RGB pixels, totaling 24 trees that stand up to 15 feet tall.

Aside from the trail's sparkly and immersive light installations, Lightscape will have festive food and drinks—including fire pits for roasting s’mores in the Garden’s pine grove and spacious culinary garden. 

Lightscape opens to the public on Friday, November 18 and runs on select evenings through January 1, 2023. Timed entry slots and parking are limited each evening to give you space to enjoy each moment along the trail thoroughly. The timed tickets (at 15-minute intervals) are $28 for adults and $18 for children. Those with Garden memberships receive a $2 discount off timed ticket prices. 

Lightscape will have a new art display of Bluebonnets, which is an installation unique to Texas.

There are a limited number of off-peak nights during the run with reduced timed ticket rates. Flex passes–offering an extended entry window–are also available.

1 Botanic Lane, Houston, TX 77017. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit hbg.org/lightscape.

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