Christmas lights, in the shape of crane birds, decorate a garden.
Gardens Aglow will cover Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden in 175,000 lights Nov. 25-Dec. 31. The festival is presented by Friends of the Garden and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. (Photo by Jeff Kessinger)

Enjoy 175,000 festive lights bathing 7.5 acres of the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden in Christmas spirit at the 4th Annual Gardens Aglow.

The botanical-themed light festival takes place inside Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 South Scenic. Presented by Friends of the Garden and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, it runs select dates from Nov. 25-Dec. 31, mostly Fridays-Sundays.

“Light features include RGB lights, light tunnels, firecracker lights, framed installations, water feature lights, up lighting and string lights,” a press release said. “Guests are invited to cozy up to a fire pit to enjoy hot beverages and treats from local vendors, with live music on select evenings. The garden’s accessible pathway includes about a half-mile walking trail. Wheelchairs may be available by request, on a first-come, first-served basis.”

People walking through a tunnel decorated with Christmas lights.
Guests walk through a light tunnel at the 3rd Annual Gardens Aglow light festival. That event returns to Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden Nov. 25-Dec. 31. (Photo by Jeff Kessinger)

Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12. Pre-purchased tickets are $5 and $2, respectively.

“Each Gardens Aglow ticket helps support dozens of gardens, programs and environmental improvements throughout the Springfield Botanical Gardens,” the press release said.

For the full Gardens Aglow schedule, tickets and more, visit the official website.

Want to go?

Gardens Aglow will be open on the following dates, from 5-8:30 p.m.:

Nov. 25-27

Dec. 2-4

Dec. 9-11

Dect. 16-23

Dec. 30-31