What has quickly become a winter tradition, the colorful NIGHT LIGHTS at The Gardens light show has made its return to the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens. During NIGHT LIGHTS, the wonderful architecture and plant life of the gardens is illuminated with theatrical lighting and soundscapes. Now entering its fourth year, the NIGHT LIGHTS show has attracted over 21,000 people the previous three shows.
It is a spectacular experience walking through the different (and warm) buildings of the gardens viewing the plants and the glass structures bathed with cool lighting. Some people compare it to walking through a watercolor painting. There are also a few interactive elements of the show, but I won’t spoil the surprises. NIGHT LIGHTS is the only time the botanical gardens are open to the public in the evening, thus adding a little cache to the event. No reservations are needed, just pay at the door and walk right in at your own pace. If you want to get into the vibe of the event, there are glow-in-the-dark necklaces available for purchase.
Event producers SitlerHQ and Volt Vision have some entertainment lined up on select nights. Spun Out Fire Productions will be spinning fire and LED lights all three Saturday nights: Feb. 1st, Feb. 8th and closing night of Feb. 15th. Other performers are: Sonny Baker (Feb. 1st), The Observers (Feb. 7th), Amanda Barton & Bill Ward (Feb. 8th), and Randle and the Late Night Scandals (Feb. 14th).
Making its debut this past Wednesday night, NIGHT LIGHTS at The Gardens occurs Wednesdays through Saturday for three weeks, concluding on Saturday, February 15. Hours are 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is: $10 adults, $8 gardens members, seniors and students, and $5 children 12 to 3.