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Holiday Lights in the Gardens shines through to 2013
Holiday Lights in the Gardens shines through to 2013

Largo, Florida -- The Holiday Lights in the Gardens will continue to sparkle with lights and spread holiday cheer through Jan. 1.

Each evening, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Florida Botanical Gardens, more than 500,000 environmentally friendly lights twinkle and the community gathers in the courtyard to enjoy nightly entertainment.

New this year is a laser light show and an expansion of lights into the new vinery garden and fountains at McKay Creek. A dog parade will take place on Sunday, Dec. 30, starting at 2 p.m.

Admission for the event is a recommended minimum donation of $2 per person and free for children younger than 12. Parking is free.

The Botanical Bounty gift store in the Parks and Conservation Resources building is open each night. Food and beverages are available for purchase. A video of the Holiday Lights can be viewed at www.youtube.com/pcc1.

The Holiday Lights is sponsored by the Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation. Volunteers work throughout the year to design and plan this annual holiday event. There are still opportunities to help out during one of the evenings. Those who are interested can contact the Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation office at (727) 582-2117.

The Florida Botanical Gardens, located at 12520 Ulmerton Road in Largo, showcases gardens of tropical plants, roses, fruits, herbs, hibiscus, bromeliads and more year-round. The gardens are open every day from 7 a.m. until dusk. Admission is free during daylight hours.

For more information about the Florida Botanical Gardens, visit www.flbg.org or call (727) 582-2100.

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