LIGHTS at Fernwood returns after 13-year hiatus

NILES, Mich. -- LIGHTS at Fernwood has returned after 13 years.

For the next six weeks, you can walk the grounds and enjoy the return of this long missed tradition.

“This was a long standing tradition for many years, we took a break, but always with the intention of bringing back this important tradition,” said Carol Line, Executive Director at Fernwood Botanical Garden.

Line said Fernwood Botanical Garden has gotten messages every year since 2008 asking if their holiday lights would ever return.

Friday, they officially brought those dreams back to life.

“Even if you don’t know Fernwood, you can get a very good sense of this property, it’s quite special,” said Line.

Fernwood invested in some high tech attractions to add a new flair to its traditions.

“Light projections on the walk of birds, as you walk through that area you’ll hear bird sounds,” said Line. “Our river birches are wrapped like candy canes and we have a scent machine that emits peppermint.”

Seeing lights once again adorn the landscape has been in the works for three years, but it’s thanks to those who love Fernwood that this year it’s back for all to enjoy.

“To be able to put on a show this big, we have wonderful sponsors who donated generously so we could bring this back to our community,” said Line.

LIGHTS at Fernwood runs every Thursday through Sunday until January 2, tickets should be bought in advance as dates are already selling out.

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