A behind-the-scenes look at the seasonal light show at the U of A Botanic Garden
By GEOFF McMASTER
The year Kerry Mulholland saw cars lined up for miles down highway 60 waiting to get into Luminaria, she realized the event had become a seasonal favourite for people from all over central Alberta.
The annual celebration of light at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden had grown so popular by 2013, selling advance tickets was the only solution to the overflow.
“It has proven to be the biggest event of the year for us,” said Mulholland, the garden’s marketing and communications co-ordinator.
About 10,000 people now attend the seasonal light show over three evenings, typically in early December.
The light display consists of some 2,000 candles in paper lanterns lining the paths of the Kurimoto Japanese Garden and this year, for the first time, the new Aga Khan Garden, which contains lights in some of its structures, was also open for viewing.
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