ATLANTA - Tens of thousands of lights hanging high above the forest floor, dancing to classical music highlight this year's version of Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
The seventh annual event fills the gardens with lights, decorations, music and more.
New in 2017 is Nature's Wonders. Over 1,600 strands of synchronized lights strung high over the Canopy Walk in Storza Woods carry over 70,000 color-changing LED light pixels. The lights are choreographed to music and sound effects.
"We've added some razzle dazzle this year," Mary Pat Matheson, from the Atlanta Botanical Garden, said. "It's called Nature's Wonders. I mean, this is one of those things I could tell you how great it is, but until you see it, you really won't understand."
That's just one of many attractions inside the garden.
"My favorite thing is mostly the lights," second-grader Gemma Mellon said. "It's a lot of nature and stuff, and there's a train."
Check out the trains chugging along six different tracks before dark, grab a S'more as the sun sets on another Atlanta afternoon and then, enjoy nearly 2 million lights. There's the Walk of Flames, Tunnel of Light, the Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy and Radiant Rainforest.
"There is also a lady you might see by the water fountain," third-grader Dean Mellon said. "She's all decorated in lights, and she's pretty cool."
Mellon was referring to the Earth Goddess, part of the Imaginary Worlds exhibit.
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights is open now through Jan. 7. Tickets start at $19.95 for adults for off-peak nights when purchasing in advance, but if visitors wait until 9 p.m. to enter the grounds, it's $13.95. Check here to see all the ticket options. There are several ways to save some money when purchasing in advance.
MAKE A NIGHT OUT OF IT
New comers and local diners alike can take date night to the next level by visiting ONE. midtown kitchen before or after visiting the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s spectacular Garden Lights, Holiday Nights. Diners can receive 50% off their check with a Garden Lights, Holiday Nights ticket stub, now through Sunday, January 7, 2018. One discount per table per visit and the maximum discount is $20 per check. Check with the restaurant for more.
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