LARGO, Florida – For the first time, the Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation has canceled the annual Holiday Lights in the Gardens event.
The event was scheduled from November 27th to January 2nd, 2021.
The foundation said there are too many unknowns and safety concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In the 38 Nights of Lights we see almost 100,000 people, so it’s really a big event and a lot of people are seeing it. We didn’t really want to encourage this type of gathering with the county ordinances,” said Emily Bloxam. Communications coordinator at the Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation.
The lighting of the gardens has been a tradition since the Botanical Garden opened 20 years ago in 2000.
“It would have been our 20th anniversary, so we’re really so disappointed we had to cancel, but next year we’re just going to do it bigger and better,” said Bloxam.
The event typically generates a significant portion of the foundation’s annual operating income. Bloxam said many smaller events are planned to make up for that loss.
A number of events are planned, including the annual tour of public and private gardens, the pumpkin festival, and yoga in the gardens.
For more information on upcoming events, visit http://www.flbg.org/annual-events.htm