Enter the magic garden: Colonial Williamsburg lights up the palace gardens with a new event

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The Governor's Palace formal gardens were the site of some landscaping renovations this winter. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg)
The Governor’s Palace formal gardens. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg)

WILLIAMSBURG — A new event is coming to Colonial Williamsburg this spring, and it’s bound to have guests light up with joy.

CW Lights has announced that it will create an illuminated experience within the Governor’s Palace gardens, lighting them up like never before.

“Colonial Williamsburg is blessed to have so many open spaces,” said Robert Currie, director of entertainment with Colonial Williamsburg, in an interview on Monday. “Typically, the gardens are dark at night and they’re not open after 5 p.m. This event will present the palace gardens in an almost dream-like state.”

The lighting used throughout the gardens will consist of string lights, netting lights, and soft, twinkling ones. While guests peruse the display, period appropriate music will be filtering through the gardens, featuring musicians playing lutes, violins and flutes.

Currie advises that if guests who have not seen the palace gardens before to visit them during the daytime as well.

“I’m very excited to see the space back there lit up and for guests to experience the gardens in a new way,” Currie said.

Due to capacity restrictions, tickets will be timed and availability will be limited. It is important to note that this event is not ADA accessible. Pets will also not be permitted. All guests are required to wear face coverings while visiting both indoor and outdoor displays.

The event opens April 15 and runs through May 2, weather permitting. Tickets for CW Lights are $12 for children under six and youth six to 12 years in age. Adult tickets are $19. Guests are also advised to wear comfortable shoes.

For more information about CW Lights and to book tickets, click here.

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