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The popular event that sells out each year returns for its fifth year
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Release Date: Friday, September 29, 2023

Embrace the beauty of winter and discover the brightest spot for holiday cheer during Lightscape at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Starting November 10 and running on select dates until January 7, 2024, the outdoor illuminated trail will dazzle with brand new installations from around the world and beloved favorites, transforming new parts of the Garden—including Evening Island—into festive landscapes of light, color, and sound.

“Each year Lightscape provides new and captivating ways to engage audiences with immersive experiences in the natural world that delight the entire family,” said Jodi Zombolo, associate vice president, Visitor Events & Programs at the Garden. “Tickets went on sale in June and most weekend dates in late November and early December are nearly sold out, so we encourage everyone to make plans now to attend this not-to-miss event.”
 
This year’s all-new path features radiant new works created just for the Garden from international artists, including:

  • Lilies, from UK artist Jigantics: Illuminated 5-foot lilies float elegantly on water, providing a mesmerizing view from the bridge above and igniting a sense of warmth and excitement.
  • Night Lights, from French artist TILT: Delicate lamp-shaped lights that extend nearly 19 feet high amplify a cozy atmosphere with a display of soft ambient colors.
  • Sea of Light, from UK artist Ithaca: Thousands of individually controlled balls of LED light make Evening Island sparkle and dance their way to a bespoke soundtrack in multiple patterns and colors.

Additionally, favorite installations like the Winter Cathedral will return to the trail, along with a reimagined version of the Fire Garden. 
 
Lightscape is produced in partnership with Sony Music and creatively produced by Culture Creative. Visit chicagobotanic.org/lightscape for more information and to purchase tickets. 
 
An image gallery is available for media download here.
 
About Chicago Botanic Garden
The Chicago Botanic Garden provides the opportunity for people and planet to thrive, showcasing the power of plants through its leadership in plant conservation science, community engagement, and learning, and the beauty of its 385-acre living museum. Every year, more than one million people visit the Garden’s 28 gardens and four natural areas. The Garden’s urban agriculture initiative, Windy City Harvest, helps build healthy communities through its 13 urban farms and programs in Chicago. The Garden is a nonprofit organization run as a public/private partnership with the Forest Preserves of Cook County.
 
About Sony Music
Sony Music has been delivering illuminated Christmas trails for over ten years. Each trail is carefully designed to showcase the natural and unique environment of the individual location. There are currently 22 trails across the U.K., Europe, U.S., and Australia within the My Christmas Trails and Lightscape portfolios. The chosen partners for national and international heritage and prestigious venues include: Blenheim Palace; The National Trust; Forestry England; The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh; Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago, U.S. and Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. For more information, visit mychristmastrails.co.uk and follow on Facebook (@mychristmastrails) and Instagram (@mychristmastrails).
 
About Culture Creative 
Culture Creative is a creative project and production management company based in the U.K. The Company works across a wide range of cultural fields including art, sport, heritage, tourism, festivals and events, developing projects from concept to delivery. Since 2013, Culture Creative has worked closely with leading entertainment promoter Raymond Gubbay Ltd., a division of Sony Music, to create Lightscape and Christmas-themed trails in various venues worldwide. For more information, visit culturecreative.co.uk and follow on Facebook (@culturecreativeltd), Twitter (@CCLCreative), and Instagram (@culturecreativeltd).

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