‘Tis the Season for Holiday Light Shows in Gardens
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As the daylight dwindles, botanical gardens and other public outdoor venues turn on fanciful light shows to attract visitors. November and December are the prime months for such extravaganzas.
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“Enchanted Airlie” in North Carolina

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arlie Gardens, North CarolinaThe 14th annual “Enchanted Airlie” runs through December 22, 2018, at Airlie Gardens, 300 Airlie Road, Wilmington, North Carolina.

A New Hanover County tradition since 2005, the holiday display includes sparkling sights and festive sounds of the season. Guests will experience a stroll through the Gardens on a self-guided walking tour, checking out an array of lights and holiday displays. Also in attendance, Santa Claus himself, plus a few local food and beverage vendors with hot chocolate, popcorn, cookies, beer and wine.

Undeterred by the loss of an estimated 275 trees during the recent hurricane, “Enchanted Airlie will not miss a beat this year,” said Tara Duckworth, Director of Parks and Gardens for New Hanover County, owner of Airlie Gardens.

“Following the hurricane, the scene in Airlie Gardens was incredible with debris everywhere. The staff and volunteers were amazing. I commend them for all of their hard work, their dedication, and their passion for Airlie to reopen in November.

“I think the average visitor won’t know the difference. The iconic structures and Airlie Oak survived the storm. We’ve redone all the lighting with LEDs, and the displays will be even brighter; our signature attractions, including the mesmerizing Singing Christmas Trees are returning; and, we have a lot of new things planned. The Gnome Invasion art exhibit was cut short by the hurricane in September. Some of the gnomes will make an appearance Enchanted Airlie,” said Duckworth.

Enchanted Airlie has gained national and international prominence, attracting visitors from 50 states and over 40 nations. 2017’s sold out attendance exceeded 53,000. With one more night on the calendar in 2018, Duckworth anticipates another sold-out year.

Tickets are available online.

(Photo courtesy of Airlie Gardens)

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