by Nina Brooks
Around this time of the year, families seek out neighborhoods in the holiday spirit decorated in beautiful lights, inflatable characters, and displays. Families with children also try to make a stop to visit Santa in the chaotic, last-minute-shopper packed malls. Sometimes, visiting lights in neighborhoods can be unsafe because of the heavy traffic flow, and only having a minute or two with Santa in the mall is just not enough time.
Largo offers a safe solution. Friday December 27, 2015 was the first lighting of Botanical Garden’s Holiday Lights. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle, this oasis is transformed into a colorful and bright holiday wonderland annually after Thanksgiving.
Over 750,000 LED lights of various colors light the many paths, buildings, and plants among the vast garden. The displays range from alligators to snowmen, and palm trees to Christmas Trees. Some of the displays are donated by sponsors of Botanical Gardens. If viewing lights is not enough for you, Santa and Mrs. Claus can also be found in the garden.
The Holiday Lights in the Garden is one the largest fundraisers for the gardens with a $4 suggested donation for adults and children over the age of 13. All of the donations go back into the Botanical Gardens to make it such a great place to visit. The Botanical Gardens is wheelchair friendly and dogs are also welcomed as long as they are leashed and cleaned up after. The Holiday Lights are on from 5:30pm-9:30pm.
The Holiday Lights run until December 31 and there are different events throughout the year. For more information on the Holiday Lights and schedule for the entertainment, or Botanical Gardens itself, please go to http://www.flbg.org/