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Winter is Coming: Brooklyn Botanic Garden promises most extravagant Lightscape exhibition to date

trees lit up with colorful lights at brooklyn botanic garden
“Lightscape,” the colorful wintertime extravaganza, is returning to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden bigger and better than ever before.
Courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden

An upgraded version of Lightscape — the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s extravagant art, music and light show — will again brighten the borough’s sprawling green space this winter.

Monumental art installations by local and international artists, made up of over a million lights of different colors and shapes will be displayed over the 52-acre gardens, the organization announced this week.

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The “enchanting” display will return to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden this holiday season with dozens of shimmering light fixtures designed by artists from all around the world. File photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

BBG President and CEO Adrian Benepe promised Lightscape 2022 will be the “largest and most extravagant, artistic winter lights exhibition” in New York City history.

“This distinctly Brooklyn-flavored celebration encourages everyone to find happiness and beauty, and create festive, fun gatherings with friends and family, at the darkest time of the year,” Benepe said in a statement. “We hope residents and visitors from around the region will make Lightscape at BBG an annual tradition.”

This second edition of the exhibit will open on Nov. 16 and run through Jan. 8, 2023. Along with new additions, the Winter Cathedral from last year and a larger Fire Garden will be displayed. Specially-curated music will make each exhibition feel especially magical.

Special events including a Family Benefit Night, Anytime Entry tickets, seasonal food along the trail and all-new packages with dinner at Yellow Magnolia Café will be some of the new features.

trees lit up with colorful lights at lightscape
The popular light show sold out in its first season at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and this year’s exhibition will feature all-new artworks alongside last year’s hits. File photo by Cate Corcoran

Lightscape has sold out year after year across the U.K. and in Chicago since it was launched at the Royal Botanic Gardens in London in 2014. Brooklyn Botanic Garden is Lightscape’s only U.S. East Coast venue. The inaugural Brooklyn showing sold out last year as art lovers from near and far flocked to Brooklyn to enjoy the spectacle.

Tickets for the garden’s members will range between $20 dollars for children, $40 for adults, and $36 for non-members.

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