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December Nights and Holiday Lights event brings holiday spirit to the Coastal Empire.

By for CAES News

For the fourth consecutive year, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm (CGBG) are hosting December Nights and Holiday Lights, a traditional, family event filled with displays, music and more than 500,000 holiday lights.

The seasonal event will be Nov. 27 through Dec. 24, from 6-9 p.m. each Wednesday through Sunday night. Cost of admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children 10 years and under, and free for children under 2 years.

“Events like Holiday Lights are great ways for families to spend time together learning and enjoying the outdoors,” said Elizabeth Lubrani, outreach coordinator for the gardens and Chatham County Extension agent.

This year, the CGBG has expanded the event to add two more acres of lights and lighted displays, and there will be local choirs and musical groups performing live in the new Andrews Visitor and Education Center, Lubrani said. The gardens will also feature a model holiday train display from the Coastal Rail Buffs.

Favorite activities, such as story time with Mrs. Claus, are back by popular demand this year, said Lubrani, along with Saturday night pictures with Santa. In "Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen," students from the local 4-H and nonprofit groups will sell and serve holiday treats and hot drinks to raise funds for their organizations.

“These events and events like it really bring the community out to the gardens and get them excited," Lubrani said. “I would like all visitors to leave feeling impressed with what University of Georgia Extension has to offer, and I would like for local visitors to leave feeling proud that Savannah has such an impressive and well-supported botanical garden.”

Located 10 miles southwest of historic Savannah, Georgia, the CGBG is a UGA Extension facility that showcases 51 acres of plants, gardens, lakes and historical buildings for residents and visitors. To learn more about the CGBG, visit coastalgeorgiabg.org or call 912-921-5460.

Samantha Anderson is a student writer with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
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