From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
December 18, 2021
UPDATE: Shimmering Solstice Returns! 11/25/22 – 1/1/23
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Shimmering Solstice • 11/20/21-1/9/22 • must buy Advance Tickets • Map
SLIDESHOW – Shimmering Solstice (Full Screen: Click bottom right corner)
“I took the best photos of my life at Shimmering Solstice!” my friend posted online next to his pictures of the holiday light show at Old Westbury Gardens. Since 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.
VIDEO – Shimmering Solstice (Full Screen: Click bottom right corner)
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 stunning 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 Health is the presenting sponsor of Shimmering Solstice. 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.”
Because the show both dazzled the senses and created emotional experiences, I do expect my memories will remain as vivid as the photos captured.
How wonderful it would be to have the chance to create such memories at Shimmering Solstice for years to come.
Which is why I was so happy to learn that Nancy Costopulos, the President and CEO of Old Westbury Gardens, said the non-profit intends to make the unique light show an annual holiday tradition at the historic state.
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.
Please note 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.
my Shimmering Solstice PHOTOS: bit.ly/annparryOWG2021
my Shimmering Solstice VIDEO: vimeo.com/annparry/shimmeringsolstice
Catholic Health: chsli.org
Old Westbury Gardens: oldwestburygardens.com