Lights in Bloom 2011

Media contact: Diane Creasy
/ 941.366-5731 ext. 225


Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Present Lights in Bloom
Sarasota’s Best Tropical Holiday Celebration

December 16th through 23rd and 26th and 27th from 6 – 9 pm

[November 01, 2011 — Sarasota, Florida] Lights in Bloom is a sparkling tropical holiday family tradition.  This year, fans of the holiday extravaganza can look forward to an even greater transformation as the Gardens become an illuminated wonderland.  For ten December evenings, Lights in Bloom offers visitors a stroll through magical gardens filled with beautifully lit flowers, butterflies, dragonflies and more.  Our tropical paradise will include miniature garden trains, Santa and his elves, as well as Hanukkah and Kwanzaa activities.

Bob McComb, known at Selby Gardens as “The Illuminator,” is taking this year’s event one step further by creating an enchanting fantasyland.  The Gardens will come alive with seven-foot high colorful butterflies, dragonflies, and a red-eyed tree frog ready to greet you.  Interactive Tree Men and dancing Sugar-Plum Fairies will keep you on the paths.  Sip on your favorite beverage and nibble on savory appetizers.  Once at the Schimmel Pavillion, you will encounter the wishing ‘Bo’ tree where you can make a special wish. 

Santa’s Workshop and Toyland feature a vintage-clad Santa and his elves.  Sit on Santa’s lap and discuss your holiday wishes.  Continuing through the Garden, you will experience live, holiday music featuring Sarasota’s finest singers, guitarists, violinists, and other musical delights. 

The Mansion’s façade will be bejeweled with an array of decorations and features a 20-foot Bromeliad Holiday Tree surrounded by more music and festivities.  The interior of the Mansion showcases the “Holiday Splendor at the Payne Mansion” Designer Showhouse.  The Showhouse is a partnership between the Florida West Coast Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers and the Marie Selby Botanical GardensThe Showhouse will highlight the multi-faceted talents of our Florida West Coast Chapter ASID, while maintaining a botanical theme.  Visit for details. 

Proceeds from Lights in Bloom will benefit the Gardens. Festivities will take place nightly from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on December 16 through 23, and again on December 26 and 27.  Tickets for the event are $14 for adults; $12 for members; children 11 and under enter free.  Tickets can be purchased beginning December 1st in the Selby Gardens Welcome Center or at our website.

About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a leader in the display and study of orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads, epiphytes and tropical plants with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. For more information please visit our website.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas, regular admission $17, children 6-11 $6, children under 6 free, 366-5731 or on our website.  Get social at or