Selby Gardens to Double Light Display for Holidays

October 6, 2016

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SARASOTA, FLA. – October 6, 2016: The popular holiday light display at Selby Gardens is getting bigger. For 2016 the Gardens is doubling the amount of lights used to decorate the 15-acre garden to more than one million lights.

Now in its 13th year, Lights in Bloom, is a tradition for many residents and visitors to celebrate the holiday season in Sarasota. Each night from Dec. 16 – 23 and 26 – 30 the Gardens are awash in lighted displays that showcase iconic scenes at Selby Gardens. Returning this year include iconic favorites like the Radiant Rainforest butterflies, the Wishing Tree and Santa’s North Pole workshop. New installments not yet revealed will be designed by the special event company Affairs in the Air.

“This year we wanted to give people the cherished spots that have become part of their family memories, but also to add new scenes that will give guests something to talk about,” said Roger Capote, senior director of special projects at Selby Gardens, who oversees the light display.

Planning and design for the annual event began in the springtime and off-site preparations begin this month. More than 700 volunteers help guide the nearly 15,000 people who visit the Gardens during the display.

The nightly events also include live music by The Lauren Mitchell Band, children’s arts and crafts activities and games. Santa Claus visits nightly through Dec. 23 until he has to return to the North Pole. Festive holiday treats including hot cocoa, as well as beer and wine are available for purchase.

Admission for Lights in Bloom is $20 for Selby Gardens Members or $25 for guests. Children ages 4-17 are $7.50 and under age four are free. Also offered is a “Selby Experience” pass for $100 Adults, $30 Children, which includes reserved parking, early admission, open bar, cocktail buffet and holiday desserts. 

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About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of tropical epiphytic plant species, including many orchid, bromeliads and gesneriads, with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas, regular admission $20 (ages 18 and up), ages 4-17 $10, Members and children 3 and under enter free. Contact us at (941) 366-5731 or selby.org.  Get social with us on Facebook, Instagram and more by searching @selbygardens.  

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