Now that Thanksgiving dinner is cleared off the table and our food comas are lifting, it’s time to officially kick off the Christmas season. An event that has become one of my most favorite holiday traditions is Glow at the Cleveland Botanical Garden.
Glow transforms the Cleveland Botanical Garden into a winter wonderland of decorated trees, imaginative gingerbread houses, twinkling lights, tasty holiday treats, and festive music.
The trees were decorated by various garden clubs around the theme “Flights of Fancy.” You’ll see everything from birds to blimps on these trees!
This year, the gingerbread houses are scattered throughout the trees and poinsettias, which I think is a nice change and a great way to experience all the elements of Glow at once. There are some amazing gingerbread houses on display, all created by local folks.
You can get some inspiration and then create your own gingerbread house while at Glow (house kits range from $16-$25).
You can take a ride on the Garden Express train, which takes visitors out to the Children’s Garden and back to see the beautiful outdoor lights display. There’s also an incredible and expanded indoor train display, that visitors of all sizes will enjoy!
For the little ones, stop in the Nature Room for pretend camping (complete with pretend roasted marshmallows), wooden snowman building, and some furry friends.
Glow is a wonderful way to celebrate the season with family or as a date night. Glow is going on now through January 3, with extended evening hours on Wednesdays and Fridays. Tickets are $16 for non-member adults, $12 for non-member children, and free for Garden members. You can purchase tickets online.
Or you can enter to win a 4-pack of tickets to Glow right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment for each):
1.Leave a comment telling me which part of Glow you’re most excited to see (e.g., gingerbread houses).
3. Follow @clegarden on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following.
5. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:
I want my holidays to Glow at @cbgarden thanks to @WhyCLE: https://whycle.wordpress.com/2015/11/27/why-glow-giveaway #giveaway
You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment each time you tweet.
The giveaway will close on Tuesday, December 1 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!
***Disclosure: I was invited to attend the Media Preview Open House of Glow. I will also receive 4 complimentary tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***