We recently shared our review of our visit to Luminaria at Thanksgiving Point. You can read about it here. This is something that you WILL WANT TO DO with your family and friends. We had so much fun and the lights and experience were simply amazing! My kids are still talking about it and all of the cool things we saw from the lights dancing to the music, to the poinsettia garden, real reindeer, the Light of the World garden, the giant snowman and more! There really is so much that it is hard to list it all. Reserve your tickets and bundle up warm and prepare for an amazing winter wonderland adventure.
Thanksgiving Point (www.thanksgivingpoint.org) has long been a holiday staple in the community. 2016 features a brand new, never-before-seen holiday light experience called Luminaria: Experience the Light. Luminaria will be set within the 55-acre Ashton Gardens and will feature a million different lights on display. The event begins with a Thanksgiving Point member preview November 21-23. The general public can then join in from November 25-December 31 (closed Sundays, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day).
Luminaria will highlight 27 different “beats” for guests to enjoy featuring all the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the holiday season. Some of the beats include:
- “Warm Welcome” at the entrance of the Gardens with a fully wrapped roof in lights and the surrounding visitor’s center as a taste of what lies ahead.
- The first sight guests will encounter is the “Tree Top Summit”. The 120-foot Christmas tress soars above the Vista Mound surrounded by strands of multi-colored lights and features.
- The “Mosaic” beats nearly 7,000 luminaries of a variety of colors that leads the eye right to the Tree Top. These LED luminaries are set to music and feature all kinds of amazing holiday images.
- “Smore’s Village” is filled with intimate fireplaces where families can make their own smores. This area is also dotted with fun games for everyone in the family.
- “Reindeer Woods” welcomes back our real reindeer for guests to visit with two of Santa’s reindeers.
- The “Light of the World Garden” (thanksgivingpoint.org/events/the-light-of-the-world-garden/)features 15 scenes of bronzed statues from the life of Jesus Christ. Each statue will have theatrical lighting and music to help create a unique experience for guests at every stop.
The experience is a little more than a mile walk around the Gardens. Guests are encouraged to bundle up and enjoy the season with a new tradition. Ticket prices and other details for the event can be found at thanksgivingpoint.org/events/luminaria. The basic ticket pricing is $20/adults and $17/children 3-12 and seniors. The website features a variety of packages for guests to enjoy. (*Note: Luminaria is a timed ticketed event each evening.)