The moment you walk through the double doors of the visitor’s center you are captured in the spirit of Christmas.
This year’s H2Whoa-themed Gardenfest of Lights is a delight. It’s a spectacular display of more than half-a-million lights adorning the gardens. The Kelly Education Center (library) boasts an impressive one-of-a-kind model train display. The kids will love watching the train; be prepared to stay a while.
When you think of Christmas, name three things that pop into your head? SANTA CLAUS, FAMILY and CHRISTMAS MUSIC. There could be a few others, but I am speaking of the latter.
As we strolled through the gardens taking in the sights we realized it was missing that transformational aspect…MUSIC. Music has that ability of transcending us to another moment in time and that’s what we needed. How can you have Christmas without Christmas music?
Nothing says Christmas like hearing the sounds of “Jingle Bells, or “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”, or “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”, or Luther Vandross’ “Every Year, Every Christmas” or Stevie Wonder’s “Someday at Christmas” or The Temptations’ Silent Night or Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” or Danny Hathaway’s “This Christmas” or Boyz II Men “Let It Snow” featuring Brian McKnight. It would’ve been a real Christmas miracle if it snowed this year but you get my drift…THERE WAS NO MUSIC!
It’s not often that I complain about anything at the renowned Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden because they usually think of EVERYTHING, but not this time.
If you’ve visited or plan to visit this spectacular lights display, please share your thoughts about the music, or lack thereof. You have until 11 Jan 2016 before the lights go out!