Lightscape: It’s a beautiful sight at Chicago Botanic Garden

Lightscape: It’s a beautiful sight at Chicago Botanic Garden
Lightscape. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Lights are glistening, tulips are blooming, waterfalls are flowing and there are giant snowflakes underfoot at the all-new magnificent light show, Lightscape, at Chicago Botanic Garden.

The garden, which most people don’t even see in the winter, has been transformed into a Winter Wonderland.

Straight from the U.K. and the only show of its kind in the U.S., this immersive adventure through the garden can’t help but put you in a good mood.

Tulips. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Tulips. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Visitors stroll along a mile-long path where they experience one magical moment after another from 40 oversized colorfully lit giant tulips in the  flower beds of the English Walled Garden to 10 Giant Singing Trees creating a choir of holiday favorites.

Fire Garden.

Fire Garden.

The Rose Garden has been transformed into a “Fire Garden” ablaze with the warm glow of fire and the scent of Frankincense.

A canopy of 52 crabapple trees are decked out in their winter best as they light the Lakeside Path.

Lakeside path. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Lakeside path. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

A Cathedral of Light welcomes visitors with an arch of 100,000 lights that extend along a magnificent 110-foot tunnel.


Other highlights include:

  • Feast of Light—A large, immersive, walk-through experience with suspended strands of light to create feelings of presence and movement.
  • Field of Light— A festive finale with thousands of points of light that dance their way to music in multiple patterns and colors.
  • Roasting Stations. It’s a marshmallow world as visitors roast marshmallows and s’mores in a special roasting area.

    Folks warm their hands and roast marshmallows at pre-lit roasting stations. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

    Folks warm their hands and roast marshmallows at pre-lit roasting stations. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

A Haze Arbor surprises visitors by emitting a haze at various intervals as they walk under the arbor behind the Rose Garden. Hazearbor

In addition to toasting marshmallows, guests can sip hot chocolate or hot cider–with or without rum–get their eggnog fix, snack on popcorn and more at stations throughout the trail. Two dining rooms are also open for people looking for something more substantial.lightscapecafe

Plan on spending at least an hour to walk the trail and longer if you want to stop for refreshments,

About Lightscape

Lightscape is produced in partnership with Sony Music, creatively produced by Culture Creative, and promoted in partnership with Arny Granat of WAD Entertainment.

Information and tickets

Where: Chicago Botanic Garden 1000 Lake Cook Road Glencoe.
When: Now
 through Sunday, January 5, 2020. Each day of the exhibition, the garden will close at 3 p.m. and reopen for ticketed guests at 4 p.m.

Tickets: As of December 30, 2019, tickets are sold out for the entire range of the event through January 5.

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