The holidays are approaching, and many students and their families at Naples High are looking for fun activities to do together to get them in the holiday spirit. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, Naples Botanical Garden’s Night Lights does just that.

This event features light shows in the Brazilian, Asian, Florida, Caribbean and Orchid gardens. 

“Each year we changed the lighting exhibit so it highlights different plants and areas of the garden,” Naples Botanical Garden Director of Community Relations Kara Laufer said.

The outstanding light show makes an already beautiful place even more spectacular.

“My favorite attraction was the moving pictures projected onto the trees and waterfall,” Naples High junior Kendra Barron said.

Besides a spectacular light show, Night Lights has interactive activities such as a hugging tree, bocce ball, cornhole games, writing wishes for the new year and other games. There truly is something for the whole family.

“I think everyone likes to feel a sense of tradition and family around the holidays, and this is a way people can come together for a single experience,” Laufer said. 

Night Lights takes place from Nov. 29 to Jan. 5, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., just in time for dinner and dessert. 

“My favorite part would be the Asian Garden or the fries at the cafe,” junior and first-time visitor Chase Wilde said.

Naples Botanical Garden’s Fogg Cafe is open every night of Night Lights, with a special menu for the event. The cafe is known for its hand-cut french fries sprinkled with herbs. 

Many Night Lights attendees are returning visitors from previous years. 

“This was not my first time attending. I’ve gone probably three times with my mom,” Barron said.

“Yes, I’d go again, because it was really mesmerizing to see all the lights, and it put me in the holiday spirit,” Wilde said.

Naples Botanical Garden’s Night Lights will exceed your expectations! Night Lights will not be taking place on Dec. 24, Dec. 25, and Dec. 31. Be sure to check it out with your friends or family anytime until Jan. 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.