Winter wonderland news
Walk through 1 million holiday lights in spectacular 'Lightscape' coming to Fort Worth
How about a little holiday news to cool us down on this 100-degree June day? "Lightscape," an internationally acclaimed holiday show featuring more than 1 million twinkling lights, will dazzle visitors to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden during the 2022 yuletide season.
And on this, the 200th day before Christmas, tickets have already gone on sale.
“We are beyond ecstatic to announce that Lightscape is making its debut in Fort Worth during the 2022 holiday season, and that North Texans will have the opportunity to experience this internationally renowned holiday light show at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden for the first time ever,” says Patrick Newman, CEO & president of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, in a June 8 news release. “Following sold-out shows in cities across the world, we look forward to transforming the Garden into an enchanting after-dark spectacular like no other.”
According to the release, visitors can expect to walk a one-mile-long path with suspended strands and tunnels of light, a fire garden, undulating wave of bluebonnets, singing trees, treetop sculptures, and artistic installations. They'll also get to toast marshmallows over a fire and drink hot chocolate and other seasonal drinks at stations along the trail.
The winter wonderland will all take place within the 120-acre Fort Worth Botanic Garden campus, and the illuminated walking trail will be custom-designed for Fort Worth. It will open November 18, 2022 and run through January 8, 2023.
It is produced by the Fort Worth Botanic Garden in association with Sony Music, creatively produced by Culture Creative, and promoted in partnership with WAD Entertainment, the release touts.
Lightscape has enjoyed sold-out runs in the world’s largest cities including London, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. It got a presentation in Houston last year, and was considered one of the city's top holiday attractions. It was such a hit in San Antonio last year, it's returning for 2022. Surely it'll make CultureMap Fort Worth's annual list of the most specular holiday lights, too.
Tickets to the family-friendly Fort Worth event will be required, with entry times available every 15 minutes from 5:45 pm to 9 pm nightly. (The average tour time from start to finish is 1.5 hours, although there is no time limit, they say.)
Tickets run $28 for adults, $18 for children (ages 3-12), and free for infants (0-2 years old). FWBG members receive $5 off of each ticket. Note that these are day-of prices; they're slightly cheaper purchased in advance, according to the website, but each ticket carries a $3 service fee. Prices also do not include parking, which runs $15-$20, according to the website. A $60 VIP ticket package includes parking.
For more information, FWBG visit the website and especially the handy FAQ section. This promotional video gives a little taste of what it'll be like: