Spirit of Christmas Lightscape at Chicago Botanic Garden

Welcome to a neighborhood “Spirit of Christmas” tour with a small group of bloggers. We’re sharing neighborhood events or decorations where we live – you’ll find the links below. I’m featuring the first-ever Christmas Lightscape show at the Chicago Botanic Garden. It’s the first time the event has taken place and I didn’t want to miss it. And now I’m sharing it with you!

Christmas Lightscape at the Chicago Botanic Garden


The Chicago Botanic Garden is actually located in Glencoe, just north of the city. Yesterday I shared photos of the Airbnb apartment we stayed in the night of the Christmas Lightscape. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but when we pulled up to the entrance, I knew it was going to be good.

Christmas Lights at Chicago Botanic Garden


Some of the pathways at the garden were lit up with snowflakes, and most everywhere you walked there was some type of Christmas music playing. The Chicago Botanic Garden did an excellent job of timing visitors so things were never too crowded.

Snowflake Light Path


The whole Christmas lightscape tour took about an hour – I could’ve stayed twice as long. It was so pretty and festive with the music carefully selected for each display. Michael Buble was singing over the speakers at this collection of trees. I love his smooth voice.

Michael Buble Christmas Trees


Some of the trees and bushes aren’t strung with lights but instead have uplighting strategically placed.

Blue Tree at Chicago Botanic Garden's Lightscape Show


Christmas Lightscape at the Chicago Botanic Garden


The Lightscape is from London and is making its debut in the U.S. at the Chicago Botanic Garden. I’d have to say it’s been a huge success.

Christmas Lights at Chicago Botanic Garden


Trees Lit Up with Blue at Christmas Lightscape


The Lightscape went on for about a mile, but like I said, I would’ve walked two miles to enjoy even more.

Big Christmas Tree at Chicago Botanic Garden


The Chicago Botanic Garden is divided into various smaller gardens and those that were included in the show had their own theme. This is the display at the tulip garden. Cute, right? The colors kept changing but I thought it looked prettiest when blue.

Light show at the tulip garden in Chicago


If I remember correctly, this scene is from the conifer garden, which I loved.

London Lightscape Comes to Chicago


The Cathedral of Lights is the hot spot for selfies and group photos.

Cathedral of Lights


Pretty much every color of the rainbow was featured, along with festive music. The whole evening was just magical!

Purple Christmas Lights at Chicago Botanic Garden


This was my favorite Christmas tree of the night. It’s the same tree as the first photo, just shown from a different angle.

Christmas Tree at Night in Middle of Courtyard


This was also a very cool display. You walk through strings of lights that constantly change color.

Christmas Lightscape at the Chicago Botanic Garden


You can get a better experience by watching the video I took below:



To see more of the Spirit of Christmas from across the country, visit my friends below who live as far and wide as the East Coast to the Pacific Northwest. And stop back tomorrow for a few more!


Spirit of Christmas Tour

Town and Country Living / My Sweet Savannah / Finding Silver Pennies



Spirit of Christmas Tour

Hymns and Verses / Duke Manor Farm




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  1. Oh my. How breathtaking and magical that tour must have been. Magical because at Christmastime, aren’t we all just children again believing in the magic of the season. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Thank you for taking us with you, it was beautiful, i love to see lights and music, makes for a very interesting display.

  3. What a special tour. I wish these gardens were closer to where I live. Wow! I love the trees completely strung in lights and also love that cathedral arch. So beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

  4. Wow Jennifer, what an amazing event! I’ve seen something similar to this at a botanical garden in Palm Springs but this looks even bigger and more extravagant – I think you need to make this a yearly event!

    I’m so glad you came up with this idea and am thrilled to be a part of it. Thanks so much for including me!