“I took the best photos of my life at Shimmering Solstice!”my friend posted online next to his pictures of Old Westbury Gardens’ holiday light show. Because I also had visited the walk-through wonderland, I wasn’t surprised he was thrilled.
During my hours (!) visiting Shimmering Solstice on the grounds of Old Westbury Gardens, the Long Island Gold Coast estate, I saw families with young children and grandparents, friends from their late teens to seniors, and photo enthusiasts.
SLIDESHOW – Shimmering Solstice:
Breathtaking scenes include the Rose Garden, the pond, the Walled Garden, and South Lawn and Allee leading to Westbury House, with its decorated front, and a dazzling projection show on its south facade.
Lightswitch – a collective of internationally recognized lighting, media, and visual designers – worked together with Old Westbury Gardens to create the show that celebrates the OWG’s history and environment.
Catholic Healthis the proud presenting sponsor of Shimmering Solstice. As Patrick M. O’Shaughnessy, the President and CEO of Catholic Health, said, “This experience will bring families, friends, and communities together in a beautiful setting to reflect and make memories.”
Nancy Costopulos, the President and CEO of Old Westbury Gardens, said, “This walkthrough lightshow has been designed specifically for Old Westbury Gardens and offers a one-of-a-kind experience that we intend to become a new annual holiday tradition.” I certainly hope it will.
If you’re in the tri-state area and looking for an unforgettable outdoor holiday experience, it’s well worth the drive to visit Shimmering Solstice at Old Westbury Gardens.
You must buy your tickets before arriving at the event, which runs through January 9, 2022.
FEATURE PHOTO (at top of post): Old Westbury, NY, U.S. Dec. 10, 2021. Families explore in front of Westbury House at Shimmering Solstice, a walk-through light show at Old Westbury Gardens, sponsored by Catholic Health, and running through January 9, 2022.
Though this year’s Merrick Fall Festival sponsored by the Merrick Chamber of Commerce was scaled down, there were bands, booths and fun food to enjoy. And children could, and did, spend hours on the rides if they were lucky enough to have an all day pass.