Lights in Bloom Show at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Written by Christina Failla
December 3, 2020
Photography by Christina Failla, Frank Strakosch (photos noted)
The Lights in Bloom Show, an outside light show, at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens will be taking place from December 12,2020 through January 2,2021. The lighting company, Affairs in The Air, the exclusive lighting company for the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, has produced a spectacular show of lights. Carolyn Babas, designer, from the Affairs in The Air company stated that the company buys $30,000 worth of lights per year and over two million lights are used in the display at Selby Gardens. The show begins each night at 6:00 P.M. Covid 19 protocols will be in place and masks must be worn. There will be social distancing limitations for the number of people admitted at a time each evening. Tickets for members $20, non-members $25, Children 5-17, $7 and children 4 and under, FREE.
This evening, Lynn Bates, Vice President for External Relations at Selby Gardens, gave us a tour of the light show. I was fortunate enough to arrive before the sunset and to witness the gardens come to life in the darkness. Through beautifully lit pathways and tunnels produced with the lighting, a paradise was created. One could imagine fairies flying among the flowers and trees, where beautiful displays of butterflies, dragon flies, peacocks, flowers, flamingos and other beautiful creatures of light were present for the imagination of children and adults alike. What a wonderful experience for family and friends to experience together!
Press Release from https://selby.org/
Lights in Bloom®: An Open-air Holiday Light Show returns to Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus this holiday season
SARASOTA, Fla., November 5, 2020 – Lights in Bloom®: An Open-air Holiday Light Show returns to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus beginning December 12, 2020. In 2019, this family-friendly experience was selected for inclusion in USA Today’s Top Ten List of Botanical Garden Holiday Light Shows and Selby Gardens also recently received a trademark for the name from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Lights in Bloom®: An Open-air Holiday Light Show will take place nightly December 12 through December 23; December 26 through 31, 2020; and January 1 and 2, 2021 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Throughout Selby Gardens, guests will be immersed in the glow of more than two million lights all in a safe and socially distanced outdoor Gardens-wide experience. Activities will include spray-on face painting, balloon artistry, and photo opportunities. Santa will not be visiting this year and interactive games will not be available. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at a variety of locations throughout the Gardens, including the Selby House Café. A trolley will be available from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. from the Sarasota Friendship Center (1888 Brother Geenen Way).
The number of tickets sold each night will be limited to ensure a safe environment. Therefore, guests are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance online at selby.org. Several new ticket options are available this year including a Four Night Pass and an Early Entry Ticket. Ticket information and prices are as follows:
Four Night Pass
Selby Gardens’ Members: $80
Children ages 5-17: $30
Four and under: FREE
• Four Night Pass holders receive 5 p.m. entry to watch the Lights in Bloom®: An Open-air Holiday Light Show during sunset and early access to first-come, first-served onsite parking
• Four Night Pass must be pre-purchased at selby.org, none will be sold onsite
• Limited number of Four Night Passes available
Early Entry Ticket
Selby Gardens’ Members: $30
Children ages 5-17: $15
Four and under: FREE
• Early Entry ticket holders receive 5 p.m. entry to watch the Lights in Bloom®: An Open-air Holiday Light Show during sunset and early access to first-come, first-served onsite parking
• Early Entry tickets must be pre-purchase at selby.org, none will be sold onsite
• Early Entry check-in opens at 5 p.m.
• Limited number of Early Entry tickets available for each date of Lights in Bloom®: An Open-air Holiday Light Show
Selby Gardens’ Members: $20
Children ages 5-17: $7
Four and under: FREE
• General admission ticket holders will check-in starting at 6 p.m.
• Limited number of General Admission tickets available on each date of Lights in Bloom®: An Open-air Holiday Light Show
• Available via pre-purchase at selby.org or at the door
Guests can view full details on our COVID-19 protocols on our website at selby.org.
Sponsors of Lights in Bloom®: An Open-air Holiday Light Show include: Community Foundation of Sarasota County; Child Protection Center; Friendship Centers; Herald Tribune Media, Publix Super Markets Charities, SRQ Media Group; Sweet Sparkman Interiors; Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenue; The Westin; Willis Smith Construction and WUSF. SouthTech is the Digital Sponsor.
For more information and to purchase tickets visit selby.org.