One the most stunningly picturesque spots in all of Illinois has transformed into one truly magical holiday spot. This is a must-see!

Kashif Ibrahim via Google Maps
Kashif Ibrahim via Google Maps
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Anderson Japanese Gardens one of the highest quality Japanese gardens in North America

For the first time ever, see the 12-acre gardens illuminated like never before. Until now, touring the gardens in the dark was never on anyones 'must-see' list. This is the first time Anderson Gardens has ever been open to the public during the winter.

LOOK! World Famous Illinois Garden's Spectacular New Holiday Light Show
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LOOK! World Famous Illinois Garden's Spectacular New Holiday Light Show
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Wintertime Lightscapes: A Holiday Themed Garden Experience

This week, I had the pleasure of being one of the first to see this new holiday display. I can tell that it really was nothing short of incredible. Here are some of the photos I took.

Here's you chance to experience Anderson Gardens in an incredible new light

LOOK! World Famous Illinois Garden's Spectacular New Holiday Light Show
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LOOK! World Famous Illinois Garden's Spectacular New Holiday Light Show
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LOOK! World Famous Illinois Garden's Spectacular New Holiday Light Show
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Wintertime Lightscapes will be open Friday, December 3 - Thursday, December 23 from 3:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights will also feature local middle and high school choirs singing Christmas carols and other musical performances.

Hot chocolate drinks will be available for purchase indoors at Fresco Wednesdays through Sundays. Also available at Garden Pavilion by Rockford Roasting Company Thursdays - Sundays.

How about a Fresco Fireside Dinner

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Dinner inside Anderson Gardens timber-framed Visitor Center overlooking the outdoor scenery. Tables are available on a first-come basis, reservations are not accepted. The fireside dinners are available Wednesday - Friday 4 - 7 p.m.. Saturday and Sunday 3 - 7 p.m.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday Evenings
Festive Hot Chocolate Drinks Available for Purchase
Indoors at Fresco: Wednesday – Sunday

Admission Rates

Non-Member: Adult $11, Senior $10, Student $9, Ten & Under FREE

Basic Member: $5 Premium Member: FREE

Much like their Concerts In The Garden during the summer, weekend offsite parking will be available at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and you can ride the shuttle to Anderson Japanese Gardens (Shuttle available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only).

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