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Lights in Bloom® Competing for National Award from USA TODAY

Lights in Bloom®, the annual holiday light show at our Downtown Sarasota campus, is in the running for a repeat national award from USA TODAY! The display was nominated again this year for “Best Botanical Garden Holiday Lights” in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Fans may vote for Lights in Bloom® daily at

Lights in Bloom® is one of 20 botanical garden light shows nominated in the 2022 competition, which runs through noon on December 5. Winners will be decided by popular vote online. In both 2021 and 2019, Lights in Bloom® was recognized among the 10 best botanical garden holiday light shows in the country by USA TODAY.

“Lights in Bloom® has become a must-do holiday tradition in Sarasota,” said Jennifer O. Rominiecki, President & CEO. “We appreciate the many supporters who have voted for us so far, and we remind everyone that you can vote for Selby Gardens daily until December 5!”

Lights in Bloom® will be on view select nights from December 10 through January 5. The show features more than two million colorful lights plus other whimsical holiday and botanically themed decorations throughout the 15-acre Downtown Sarasota campus. Several ticket options are available to view the show, and advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. More information and tickets are available at
“I have to thank our lighting partner Affairs in the Air, who outdo themselves every single year,” said Rominiecki. “Their team has been installing this year’s show for a month already. Earning another ‘10 best’ recognition would be a wonderful way to honor their creativity and hard work.”

A panel of experts and 10Best editors chose Lights in Bloom® as a nominee for the 2022 Readers’ Choice award in the Best Botanical Garden Holiday Lights category. To learn more about this year’s contest, go here.