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Reiman Gardens unveils Winter Wonderscape holiday light show

Ronna Faaborg
Ames Tribune

Reiman Gardens will be twinkling this holiday season, with a Winter Wonderscape light show that organizers hope will brighten the spirits of visitors while also keeping them safe during the pandemic.

With a variety of immersive outdoor light displays, the 17-acre gardens will give participants plenty of room to maintain social distance, said Maria Teply, Reiman Gardens’ communications director.

It’s the first year Reiman has offered a light show of this scope, she said. Visitors will be able to “walk through brightly lit tunnels, meander through fantasy lights falling like stars, view massive disco balls twirling to laser lights, enjoy a 20-foot wide fountain and a wide array of other sparkling wonders,” according to a news release.

“We had a few lights last year but not nearly as many,” Teply said. “This is the first year we’re calling it a light show.”

The display is “perfect for all ages,” she said, with an array of features such as the campaniling polar bears, kissing under Reiman Gardens’ campanile homage.

“I think the most exciting part is all of the different features that are in the areas of the gardens,” Teply said. “So no matter where you walk, there’s something different and exciting to see.”

Kids of all ages will enjoy “lighted sculptural forms including Peter Rabbit in the Edible Garden, the metamorphosis of the luna moth and penguins cavorting around the lake on skis, sleds and ice skates,” the release stated.

Reiman Gardens is taking a number of precautions to keep visitors safe during the pandemic, such as requiring face coverings and making paths on-directional.

“We are going to be counting the number of admittance each day to try to keep people safe,” Teply said. “On Thursday nights will be even more reduced for people who are more worried about COVID."

Winter Wonderscape dates are Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings beginning Dec. 3 and ending Jan. 2, with visitors admitted from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each of those dates.

Tickets are available for a specific day and can be purchased at www.reimangardens.com. Sine daily capacity will be limited. Teply encouraged visitors to pre-purchased tickets. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for member adult, $5 for all children 2-12, and children under 2 are admitted for free.