The holiday season is over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be festive! Add some colour to your Covid Winter at the New York Botanical Garden this month before the new outdoor installation, GLOW, packs up.

Image: Light Displays, Shani R. Friedman

The NYBG is bedecked with thousands of energy-efficient LED lights across its verdant grounds. You will be further dazzled by illuminated trees, ice carving, music and the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory as lights and colour splash across the centerpiece of the gardens.

Image: Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Shani R. Friedman

It was very frosty the night I went, so be sure to dress for the weather. Thomas Brown, the ice carver from Okamoto Studio, who was hard at work on the beautiful sculpture, would wholeheartedly agree with that advice.

Image: Ice carver Thomas Brown, Shani R. Friedman

His hands looking like snow-covered mitts, he said that he was either sweating or freezing as he created his art.


Image: Ice carver Thomas Brown, Shani R. Friedman

Bring pocket warmers for Brown and the NYBG staff who are outside for many hours. They will definitely appreciate it!

Remaining dates are January 8, 9, 15 & 16

Image: Almost Full Moon Over the NYBG, Shani R. Friedman

Admission is by timed entry only and tickets must be purchased in advance.

You can access information on tickets, transportation and Covid-19 protocols here.