The Garden d'Lights festival is now running nightly, through Jan. 1, 2011 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Advance reservation tickets are $5 for adults; free for ages 10 and under and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets, additional details and directions are available at Garden d'Lights.
This season's display includes:
- a new tortoise;
- an "Aquarium in Lights" in the visitors center, with a pulsing jellyfish and octopus;
- a pond and border display on the main lawn; and
- a new route through the garden enhanced with a flowing river in lights and two waterfalls.
Space is limited to 5,000 per night, and advance reservations are required. The event is free on Nov. 30 and Dec.. 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15, but the advance reservations are still required.
Parking is free every night at two large adjacent lots. The Garden's small parking lot will be available for limited-mobility parking and dropoff.
The Bellevue Botanical Garden Society hosts Garden d' Lights each year. The BBGS limited the number of visitors each night to allow for a more quality experience for those who attend.
"Crowds and costs have increased tremendously in recent years," said Garden d’Lights chairperson Sharon Graham. "These changes are being made to help us continue to operate the program safely and provide visitors with opportunities to better view the gorgeous displays."
More than 200 volunteers have worked over 7,000 hours this past year to create the displays. Inspired by plants and animals found in Northwest gardens and gardens around the world, volunteers create the award-winning popular displays featuring over 500,000 lights which transform the Bellevue Botanical Garden into a blossoming winter wonderland.
For more information, call 425-452-6844.
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