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A new holiday experience is coming to Redding.
The Garden of Lights opens the day after Thanksgiving at Turtle Bay’s McConnell Botanical Gardens with the promise of a million colorful lights strung from shrubs and trees, glimmering in the night.
“It’s a walking experience where you go through each section. You look at the lights and enjoy them, and slowly move as a group,” said Seth McGaha, spokesman for Turtle Bay Exploration Park.
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“It’s thrilling for kids and adults alike to walk through and see all the animations and the music. It’s a really great experience,” McGaha said.
An employee night Thursday offered a peek of what the public will be able to see from Nov. 27 to Dec. 27.
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What are some of the highlights?
Visitors will enter a holiday village where food and campfires are situated before they take a one-way path that meanders through 10 acres of festive lights.
The highlights are a Candy Cane Causeway with a scent of peppermint in the air and nearly 200 feet of light tunnels. There’s also an illuminated gazebo with a bench where people were taking holiday photos during Thursday’s rehearsal.
The Garden of Lights at Turtle Bay’s McConnell Arboretum debuts Nov. 27, the Friday after Thanksgiving. For tickets, go to Reddinggardenoflights.org.
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What health precautions are visitors taking?
McGaha said masks are required when people enter but are optional the rest of the way in the garden for household groups, who are also asked to socially distance.
Where in Redding is the light display?
The Garden of Lights is located on the north side of the Sundial Bridge at 844 Sundial Bridge Drive.
For out-of-towners, the nearby Sheraton Redding Hotel is offering overnight packages.
What’s the best way to buy tickets?
McGaha recommends guests buy tickets online at Redding Garden of Lights to receive a $5 discount. Children up to 5 years old are free and there’s various prices for adults with discounts for Turtle Bay members.
Two people walk through an illuminated tunnel in the Garden of Lights at Turtle Bay’s McConnell Botanical Gardens during employee night on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (Photo: Mike Chapman/Record Searchlight)
Mike Chapman is a reporter and photographer for the Record Searchlight in Redding, Calif. His newspaper career spans Yreka and Eureka in Northern California and Bellingham, Wash. Follow him on Twitter @mikechapman_RS. Subscribe today!
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