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Magical holiday light display returns to illuminate San Antonio Botanical Garden

Magical holiday light display returns to San Antonio Botanical Garden

The holiday light show is returning for its second year of holiday music and tasty treats. Courtesy of San Antonio Botanical Gardens

Much like a stroll by the River Walk at night, twinkling light displays will never get old. Now the magic is headed to the San Antonio Botanical Garden, in a huge installation called “Lightscape,” just in time for the holidays. (Yes, this winter: We promise it’s coming).

Starting November 11 and running through January 8, the garden will glow with fairy lights, illuminated flowers, and torches — accompanied by seasonal music — as it was last year, in 2021. The mile-long walk will host more than 1 million lights, and has appeared in many botanical gardens from Chicago, to Brooklyn, to Melbourne, Australia.

Some returning features from last year’s design include glowing bluebonnets, as a unique Texas twist, and showstoppers like a “Winter Cathedral” arching over the path. In 2022, more than 80 percent of the installation is new, including a revamped version of the “Fire Garden.” Hot chocolate and s’mores will be available among the “festive food and drinks” offered under the lights.

This genre of family and social media-friendly installation has become very popular; “Lightscape” will be making its debut in Fort Worth this winter and returning to Houston, and a very similar, less holiday-minded installation called “Field of Light” will arrive in Austin on September 9. “Lightscape” is produced by a UK events company called Culture Creative, “in association with Sony Music and WAD Entertainment,” according to a footnote on the website.

Tickets sold out on multiple nights last year, so San Antonians should plan ahead. Time slots are available every open day from 5:30 pm to 9 pm, with 12 days off. More information about operating hours, parking, and buying tickets ($26 to $28 for adults) is located at