Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum grounds shine on a happy holiday.
If you’re looking to bring the Christmas cheer to light this otherwise dark year, Newfields is the place for you. Winterlights, the museum’s annual exhibition of lights, music and Christmas magic, has returned for the fourth time. From November to January 3, Newfields illuminates its extensive grounds with over 1.5 million lights.
Snowflakes, icicles and balls of colored lights decorate the one-way path through the outdoor exhibition. Illuminated trees dance to the melody of the Nutcracker on the lawn of Lilly House, but this time with an additional melody: Alternating with this symphonic experience, Huckleberry Funk, an Indy-based funk, R&B and soul band, performs on Pop -Funk cover of Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas”, which gives the classic light show a contemporary touch. And hot chocolate, whether offset or not, is the perfect companion for your magical evening.
Winter light enthusiasts from years past will notice the pandemic-friendly changes to the celebration at the front gate. Spectacularly adorned with lights and colors, Lilly House remains safely protected from pedestrian traffic, although visitors can admire the exterior to their hearts’ content. Hiking at your own pace is recommended, but there’s no going back – the walk is a one-way street that winds through Lilly Gardens to see the full light show. Bundling is essential for this outdoor experience.
Presale tickets are required to keep social distance high and crowd low, and they’re readily available for the pre-Christmas period. If the crowd isn’t your winter (or pandemic) mood, you can see the lights through January 3rd.