If you’re a fan of spectacular holiday light shows, it’s worth making a trip out to Long Island for Old Westbury Gardens’ new show, Shimmering Solstice. The show offers guests the chance to see a series of magical light displays as they walk an approximately one-mile path through the Walled Garden, the Rose Garden, South Lawn and Allée.


“We are excited to offer this brand-new experience for our visitors to enjoy,” says Nancy
Costopulos, President and CEO of Old Westbury Gardens. “This walkthrough light show has
been designed specifically for Old Westbury Gardens and offers a one-of-a-kind experience
that we intend to become a new annual holiday tradition.”

Visitors will see the gardens like never before, all lit up and twinkling in rhythmic patterns. The giant Christmas tree made of lit-up globes in front of the Westbury House sets the scene for holiday magic and enormous dandelions lining the edge of the pond will amaze guests of all ages.


Old Westbury Gardens worked with Lightswitch, a collective of internationally recognized designers to create the show. Shimmering Solstice was created out of the desire to adapt the land and gardens in a way that would celebrate the fall and winter holiday seasons.

“This is a celebration of our space,” says Maura McGoldrick-Brush, Director of Horticulture at
Old Westbury Gardens. “Instead of flowers, the gardens will be blooming with light. This is
truly an enchanting combination of the beauty of the gardens and the magic of the season.”

Presented by Catholic Health, Shimmering Solstice runs through January 9, 2022. The admission time starts at 5:30 pm and the last admission is at 9:30 pm. Tickets are $32.95/adults $17.95 children (3-17) during peak times and $29.95 adults, $16.95 children at off-peak times and can be purchased here. Old Westbury Gardens is located at 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, New York, between the Long Island Expressway (I-495) and Jericho Turnpike (New York Route 25), approximately 20 miles east of New York City.

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