The light fantastic
Santa Fe Botanical Garden’s second annual GLOW — A Winter Lights Event kicks off with a preview party on Wed., Dec. 3, at 5 p.m. GLOW, a family event, has a lot more lights this holiday season to dazzle its visitors than it did last winter. Enchanting lighting designs by Joe Dean, of Lumenscapes, transform the garden into a radiant winter wonderland. The evening includes musical performances by Steve Chavez and the New Mexican Marimba Band. There are cookies, hot toddies, and hot cocoa to warm you up, and little ones can meet Santa.
Visitors can also view Morphing Nature, an exhibit of site-specific sculptures by students from the Institute of American Indian Arts and Santa Fe University of Art and Design, made from recovered plant materials and natural and man-made found objects. It is the first in a series of collaborations between the Santa Fe Botanical Garden and local educational institutions. The sculptures, placed along the Garden’s Art Trail, will be illuminated on GLOW evenings.
GLOW opens to the public on Thursday, Dec. 4, and runs through Jan. 3 on selected nights (closed on Thursday, Dec. 25). The hours are 5 to 8 p.m. (5 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays), with last entry at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Singer, songwriter, and harmonica man John Carey provides live entertainment on Dec. 6; the Buffalo Nickel Duo offers honky-tonk dance music on Dec. 13; the Mary Rose Jazz Duo performs on Dec. 20; and father-son duo Mike and Jake Montiel entertain on Jan. 3. A cash bar is available on Saturday evenings; local businesses Iconik Coffee Roasters and Kelly Liquor Barn sell hot and cold beverages. Santa makes an appearance every Thursday and Friday evening before Christmas.
Tickets for the preview party ($35) must be purchased in advance; Beginning on Dec. 4, tickets are $8 (with group rates available) and can be purchased at www.santafebotanicalgarden.org or at the door. Children twelve and under are admitted free of charge for all events. Santa Fe Botanical Garden is located on Museum Hill at 715 Camino Lejo. Call 505-471-9103 for information.