Christmas (News) In July
Magical holiday light display returns to illuminate San Antonio Botanical Garden
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 sabot.org.