Each winter, during the holiday season, the NC Arboretum does their Winter Lights exhibit. In years past, this has been a walking exhibit in the garden area with games and hot chocolate next to an open fire in one of three firepit areas. See more of the previous shows in my post Winter Lights 2017. This year, the show was converted to a drive through only show. Entering the gates, we were greeted with a lighted sign and bright ornaments.
I have to say that they outdid themselves, making this show worth the price of admission. This forest of blue trees twinkled at the first turn in the road, with a deer peeking out.
As we slowly drove further into the park, lighted figures were hidden among the trees, like this deer. Threes were lit with single color lights. At one point, large upward pointing flood lights changed colors on the bare tree limbs.
As we got to the parking area, the big tree from previous shows was at the entrance, and making all kinds of patterns and designs in color lights. It was in constant movement.
Traffic was routed through the parking lot in a serpentine fashion, with lights in the trees.
Sorry, this one is a bit blurry, but you can see the beautiful colors and how densely the lights were strung.
Along the edge, a row of arches lined one side.
On the other side, a blue heron stands among the trees.
Near the buildings, animated figures moved, like this butterfly’s wings fluttering.
A bit of humor, the caterpillar with a big grin was lit up in purple and red. This was the snowflake archway in the past. Gold mushrooms sparkle in the lower right, next to a design in the grass that looks a bit like a map of the United States.
A snail and a grasshopper exchange holiday greetings near the coral bells, while more grasshoppers hide under the leaves. A big bee on the left had moving wings.
Making the next turn in the lot, parking was not allowed, you had to keep moving between the reflector lights on the ground. Coming up on the left, a wall of lights was making interesting patterns.
Seen a little closer, the lighter green colors waved across the darker blue like water.
Another turn and golden lights frame two deer, with a rainbow behind.
Then, what fun! A tunnel to drive through, surrounded by golden light. Ahead, blue lights on low shrubs beckon us forward. Those went around a circle and we got to come back through the tunnel again going the other way.
Polar bears frolic next to an igloo.
Topiary lights change colors as we go by.
The last row of lights were all daisies, and lined both sides of the street. It was difficult to get these, sorry the pic is a bit blurry.
The exit of the park bids us all a Good Night.
What fun, and a welcome treat for an austere year. Are you seeing any light shows near you this year? What are you doing for fun?