Off-peak discounts are offered on December 1, 8, 9, January 6.
Supporters: Join us at a special Family Benefit Evening on December 2.
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About the Experience
What is the Lightscape experience?
The show is a mix of staged lighting that illuminates the magic of the Garden setting and installations created by Sony Music and Culture Creative and commissioned from local artists. Along the trail, visitors will encounter colorful lighting effects on BBG’s trees and architecture, monumental sculptures, and custom music and sound.
Among the highlights are the Winter Cathedral tunnel, a Fire Garden on Lily Pool Terrace, and the Field of Light, an animated installation across Cherry Esplanade and visible from the Overlook. New light artworks by local artists will be installed in the Plant Family Collection.
Where does it take place?
Lightscape takes place outdoors along a mile-long trail that circles the Garden, revealing the variety of curated light experiences. Visitors travel at their own pace along a loop that begins at the Visitor Center entrance and exits at the Eastern Parkway entrance.
Can I explore the Garden on my own?
Only the trail itself is open to evening visitors. There are points along the trail where visitors can spread out, for example to explore the Fire Garden on Lily Pool Terrace, and lots of great spots for photos.
Is it accessible to individuals with disabilities?
The trail paths are wheelchair accessible. There are some lighting sequences that have flashing lights contained within them; however, there is no strobe lighting. Individuals who will be accompanied by personal care assistants may contact customer service for accommodation.
If I visit during the day, can I stay into the evening?
No, the Garden will close each day at 3:30 p.m. during the run of this event. Only individuals with Lightscape tickets will be admitted in the evenings.
Is this a holiday event?
Lightscape is secular and not specific to any religious or national holiday. It welcomes families and friends to come together to celebrate the magic of the outdoors in winter.
Can I purchase a ticket by phone?
Visitors who are unable to use the online ticketing module can reserve tickets by calling ShowClix weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 888-850-8718.
How do I get my member discount?
Sign in to the ticketing site as a member, just as you do for admission tickets. Members may also purchase full-price tickets for guests beyond the number included in their membership level. There are no corporate member discounts for this event.
If my plans change, can I transfer my ticket to another date?
Exchanges are subject to availability and allowed without charge through November 15, 2021. Please contact Showclix to process.
What happens if the weather turns bad after we buy tickets?
Lightscape takes place in all weather, but, of course, if a weather event presents a risk to safety, the Garden may decide to cancel the evening. If so, you will be notified about the cancellation and the rebooking process via email before 2 p.m. the day of your visit.
Tips for Your Visit
How should I dress?
This is an outdoor event, so please come prepared for the elements by wearing appropriate footwear and dressing warmly. Umbrellas are allowed on the trail, we just ask that you are courteous of others when using.
When should I arrive?
Our goal is to speed admission by staggering ticket sales, although there may still be a short wait at the entrance. Your entry window is the 15 minutes following the time printed on your tickets. Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes early.
How much time should we allow?
That depends on your pace and how often you stop. However, as a general rule, you should allow about an hour to 90 minutes.
Will there be parking?
We recommend you take public transportation. Parking is limited and there is no guarantee you will find a spot—who needs the stress? This night should be FUN.
Will there be places to eat?
Concessions selling hot drinks and light fare will be available along the route.
Will there be places to shop?
The Garden Shop will be open in the Visitor Center.
Can I take pictures?
Absolutely. However, no tripods or drones are allowed.
Are strollers allowed?
Yes, strollers are allowed. Please leave scooters and bikes at home.
Can I bring my pet?
No pets or emotional support animals are allowed. Service animals as defined by the ADA are always permitted.
Lead Sponsor, Con Edison
In partnership with Sony Music and WAD Entertainment
Illuminated trail created by Culture Creative