Gardenfest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden 

Through Monday, January 11, 2010.

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Not to make allusions to a completely different holiday, but Christmas lights are a bit like vampires. They're only effective once the sun goes down. For some reason, staring at a bunch of winter wonderland lawn ornaments just comes off as kitschy under natural light's sober perspective. This is a reason to be thankful that daylight only gets scarcer in the winter. Stepping up once again for the lead spot among the area's luminary enthusiasts, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden presents its latest holiday Gardenfest of Lights. The theme “Wings of Wonder,” incorporates display sculptures of butterflies, bees and other winged insects. And it features more than half a million lights and a heavily decorated 19-foot-tall Christmas tree in the conservatory's north wing. Open daily from 5-10 p.m., closed Dec. 24 and 25. Visitors are welcome through Jan. 11. $9-$10.

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