All-new light show called Lumagination set at Botanical Gardens

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Lumagination, the new light show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, will have themed rooms. Here’s a view from last year’s Night Lights show. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

An all-new light show called Lumagination will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.

During this exhibit, the fun begins even before you get inside. A warm and cozy tent will welcome you as you stroll up the front walk. The tent will include interactive elements as a prelude to what you will see inside.

Rooms will have different themes. One greenhouse will have a Moroccan Desert theme, with a blazing sun and moving red and orange lights to evoke a drier landscape. In the Zen Orb room, colorful spheres will be scattered around and visitors can change the colors with their cellphones. The Space Odyssey room will be lit with black lights and bathed in fog while another room will be transformed into a magical fairy village. Finally, visitors will walk through a thunderstorm with flashes of lightning.

The whole thing will be kicked off with a Launch Party to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo.

Tickets include a cash bar of beer and wine, delicious snacks and some special entertainment.

Tickets are $15 pre-sale or $20 at the door. Launch party tickets are available online or by calling (716) 972-2244.

Lumagination will take place Wednesdays through Saturdays from Jan. 28 to Feb. 21 at the Botanical Gardens.

Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays & Thursdays and 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays.

A special Photo Night has been set aside for professional and amateur photographers. Tripods will be permitted on this night only. Photo Night will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3. You can buy tickets for Photo Night online until Jan. 25 or at the door.

Admission for Lumagination and Photo Night is $12 for adults; $10 for Botanical Gardens members, seniors & students; $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for kids 2 and under.

A few things to note for this exhibit:

  • Guest passes and coupons are not valid
  • Tripods are not permitted, but you may use monopods (However, tripods may be used on Photo Night, Feb. 3.)
  • Doors will not open until 6 p.m.
  • Tickets for Lumagination are on sale online until Jan. 25
  • Tickets will also be available at the door throughout Lumagination
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