Second annual light installation set to open at Myriad Botanical Gardens Wednesday, Nov. 27

An immersive light installation celebrating the holiday season returns to the Crystal Bridge Conservatory at Myriad Botanical Gardens for a second year. Opening on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Illuminations encompasses the entire Bridge which serves as a canvas for moving light choreographed to music and inviting visitors inside for a curated, immersive light experience.

Inspiration for this year’s show is the swirling blue and gold images of the painting The Starry Night, by Vincent Van Gogh. Illuminations: Starry Starry Night, will be designed to capture the unique lighting of a winter sky. Features this year include a lighted tunnel along the upper walkway of the Bridge and a special display in the area of the north side called the Oculus Room. Back for a second year will be the spinning hybycozo lamps. These geometric, iridescent sculptural lights cast out intricate shapes and shadows, and are associated with Burning Man, the annual summertime community gathering held in the Nevada desert.

Another highlight of Illuminations are the rare and beautiful plants inside the Conservatory, as well as a 15-foot poinsettia tree in the center of the Bridge which will be lit with specialty lights.

“The wonderful community response to our first Illuminations light show last year inspired us to create a new one for 2019,” said Maureen Heffernan, president and CEO of Myriad Gardens Foundation. “Spaces inside the Crystal Bridge serve as a unique and dramatic backdrop to enable us to use lighting and music for maximum artistic and creative effect. We look forward to debuting this year’s Illuminations installation for our guests to experience and enjoy this holiday season.”

Musical selections are purposefully curated to integrate with the lighting and will be holiday-themed. The installation is designed by Lightswitch, a consortium of internationally recognized lighting, media and visual designers.

Illuminations: Starry Starry Night is open Wednesday through Sunday, 6 to 9 p.m. It is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and open on New Year’s Eve. Special holiday hours are Monday, Dec. 23 and Monday, Dec. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost is $6 for members of Myriad Botanical Gardens and $8 for nonmembers. Children 2 and under are free.

In addition to the light show, we have planned a variety of free entertainment inside the Crystal Bridge from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Details are below.

  • Nov. 30 – Sugar Plum Fairy
  • Dec. 1 – Nutcracker
  • Dec. 7 – Reindeer
  • Dec. 8 – Elf on a Shelf
  • Dec. 14 – Anna and Elsa
  • Dec. 15 – Reindeer
  • Dec. 20 – Platt College - Cookie Decorating
  • Dec. 21 – Hooplahoma and Elf
    • Christian Pearson Trio performs for Winter Solstice, 6-8:30pm
  • Dec. 22 – Mrs. Claus
  • Dec. 28 – Meet Olaf
  • Dec. 29 – Sugar Plum Fairy
  • Jan. 1 – Snow Glob Ballerina

Free and open to the public, Myriad Botanical Gardens provides 15 acres of ornamental gardens and grounds that include a children’s garden and carousel, native prairie garden, shade gardens, tree and shrub collections, lake with terraced gardens and a diverse collection of ornamental flowering perennials and grasses.

The Gardens offer a variety of horticultural educational programs for all ages ranging from lectures, classes, workshops and walking tours to seasonal festivals. The grounds also feature the Crystal Bridge Conservatory, home to thousands of tropical and desert plants. With more than 500,000 visitors annually, the Gardens is managed by Myriad Gardens Foundation, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that partners with corporate and community groups to enhance the educational, aesthetic, cultural and economic development of Oklahoma City.