The light fan­tas­tic

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media - — Michael Abatemarco

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.santafeb­otan­i­cal­gar­ 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.

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