Published: Dec 18, 2013 6:04 AM EST
Updated: Dec 18, 2013 10:15 AM EST

NAPLES, Fla. - Thousands of twinkling lights, glowing orbs, and sparkling décor illuminate one of Naples’ most popular outdoor venues this December.

Naples Botanical Garden announces its annual Night Lights the evenings of December 18 – 23, December 26 – 30, and January 2-5 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Each evening will include holiday musical performances, family activities, and festive sweets and treats, plus enchanting illumination scenes in the gardens. Nationally touring, award-winning songwriter Julie Patchouli and master guitarist Bruce Hecksel will perform acoustical arrangements featuring their famous “New American Folk” music. Patchouli’s sound has been described as the “harmonies of Simon & Garfunkel meet the guitar brilliance of the Gipsy Kings.”

Presented by Minto Communities and sponsored by Florida Power & Light and Naples Daily News, this event is a magical end to the year and a very special way for visitors of all ages to enjoy the Garden at night. Visitors will delight in such performances by the world-class hand bell choir, the Moorings Ringers on December 19, and the Naples Ballet Company performing Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker on the Water Garden stage on December 22, to the Wholetones musical magic ringing in the New Year on January 2 and star and planet gazing with the Everglades Astronomical Society on January 4. Plus Santa and Mrs. Claus are also slated to take a break from their busy schedules before Christmas to visit the Garden.

Admission is $7 for adult Garden Members and $15 for adult non-Garden members. Admission is $3 for Garden Member children (ages 4 – 14), $5 for non-Garden member children. Children 3 and under are free.

Listed below are just some of the highlights from the Night Lights line-up:

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18 – MEMBER NIGHT (public welcome also)
Music duo Patchouli opens the festivities
Harpist, Laura Lou Roth

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19 – MEMBER NIGHT (public welcome also)
The Moorings Ringers of Moorings Presbyterian Church
Craft Night

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20
Music duo Patchouli
Classical guitar by Joseph Peliska
Craft Night

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21
Santa in the Garden

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22
Naples Ballet performing The Nutcracker on the Water Garden Stage
Craft Night

MONDAY, DECEMBER 23
Mrs. Claus reads in the Chattel House
Photo booth

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26
Music duo Patchouli
Harpist, Laura Lou Roth

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27
Music duo Patchouli
Classical guitar by Joseph Peliska

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28
Music duo Patchouli
Craft Night

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29
Music duo Patchouli

MONDAY, DECEMBER 30
Music duo Patchouli
Craft Night

THURSDAY, JANUARY 2
The Wholetones take to the Water Garden Stage

FRIDAY, JANUARY 3
Patchouli
Craft Night

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4
The Keytones take to the Water Garden Stage
Photo booth

Everglades Astronomical Society

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5 – MEMBER NIGHT (public welcome too)
Music duo Patchouli closes the festivities
Harpist, Laura Lou Roth

*Night Lights programming subject to change with no notice. Please check the Garden website at www.naplesgarden.org for the latest scheduling information.

Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre world-class garden paradise that features the plants and cultures of the tropics and subtropics between the latitudes of 26 degrees North and 26 degrees South including Brazil, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Florida. A hands-on interactive Children’s Garden along with 90 acres of beautifully restored natural habitats, walking trails and a Butterfly Garden offer educational entertainment and enjoyment for people of all ages. Regular hours of operation are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day with an early opening on Tuesdays at 8 a.m.