Northern Lights “glows up” with more lights, extra scenes, and new sculptures by local artists

Back by popular demand, LBC’s Northern Lights, a free winter lights art walk, opens this month, again transforming the outdoor Sculpture Garden into a festive, lighted arts experience. Last year, Northern Lights attracted more than 25,000 holiday lights enthusiasts. This year, LBC will expand the event with more lights, extra scenic displays, and new illuminated sculptures by local artists. Also look for Gingerbread Winterland, the winning bridge design selected in our community challenge earlier this month, and the popular Singing Rainbow Tunnel.

With lead sponsorship from Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital, LBC’s Northern Lights is free and open to the public every evening from dusk to 9:30 pm, November 17, 2023 – January 16, 2024.

A “sneak peek” will take place on November 14, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, at the Center’s campus at 50 Mark West Springs Road in Santa Rosa. Guests will be the first to see the new display, while enjoying free warm cocoa (while supplies last) and a visit from Clover Sonoma’s Clo the Cow (weather permitting). The event will take place rain or shine.

“We are delighted to open up this positive, family-friendly arts experience to the North Bay community for a second year,” said Rick Nowlin, President & CEO. “As a free event, Northern Lights is another way the LBC can support local artists, while expanding access to the arts for families and fans attending performances and locals who want to benefit from the arts. We hope to see everyone come back again and again throughout the season.”

Northern Lights was created in 2022 to give locals and visitors a way to safely enjoy the magic of early winter nightfall, while experiencing the arts in the natural beauty of the Sculpture Garden. Besides the “glow up,” this year, Northern Lights will also feature a sparkling illumination of the Sculpture Garden’s new exhibit, Geometry in Art, which includes 14 sculptures by nine local artists. It also will highlight new lighted sculptures by student artists from Santa Rosa Junior College under the direction of Artist and 3-Dimensional Arts Instructor Michael McGinnis.

This year, Northern Lights also will incorporate a walk-through Gingerbread Winterland, based on the winning design by local 11th grade student Nadiya Fish in its community bridge design contest, held in late September and early October. Expanded whimsical scenes, bridges, and tunnels bedecked in twinkle lights will finish out the Sculpture Garden’s transformation.

With the Center’s ample and free on-site parking, all visitors can walk safely to and from Northern Lights. For the safety and comfort of all visitors, all pets need to be on a leash and remain on the path in the Sculpture Garden.

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