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See spectacular holiday lights at these botanical gardens

During the winter season, a different kind of color lights up botanical gardens across the United States. Instead of spring flowers, visitors find twinkling holiday lights. These are the top 10 gardens to see.

10. ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden - Albuquerque, New Mexico

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New Mexico’s largest walk-through light show, River of Lights features more than 600 displays made up of millions of lights.

9. Missouri Botanical Garden - St. Louis, Missouri

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The 2020 Garden Glow at Missouri Botanical Garden features more than a million lights, and concessions selling s’mores, hot chocolate and traditional holiday treats.

8. Bellingrath Gardens - Theodore, Alabama

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Just outside Mobile, over three million lights illuminate 16 scenes arranged throughout the 65-acre historic garden.

7. Norfolk Botanical Garden - Norfolk, Virginia

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See more than a million dazzling LED lights during the 26th anniversary of this annual holiday event. Visitors can experience the lights from the comfort of their car during expanded drive-through nights.

6. Botanica - Wichita, Kansas

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Illuminations at Botanica in Wichita features nights illuminated with some two million twinkling bulbs, paired with thousands of luminaries to light the way. The 2020 event offers walk-thru and drive-thru options.

5. The N.C. Arboretum - Asheville, North Carolina

During Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum, guests can take a drive through an illuminated enchanted forest of lights.

4. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - Richmond, Virginia

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden lights up with thousands and thousands of LED bulbs during the holidays. All displays for the 2020 event are outdoors with safety measures in place.

3. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens - Boothbay, Maine

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This event ranks among the biggest lights displays in New England, with more than 650,000 bulbs. The 2020 event has been transformed into a driving tour, so visitors can take in the holiday cheer safely.

2. Huntsville Botanical Garden - Huntsville, Alabama

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The 2020 edition of Galaxy of Lights at Huntsville Botanical Garden will feature both walk-thru and drive-thru experiences with more than 2.5 miles of lights displays.

1. Longwood Gardens - Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

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The outdoor gardens are sheer magic with more than half a million lights, by way of illuminated trees to glowing orbs to dancing fountains. Outdoor fire pits and music add a note of holiday cheer.

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