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Green Bay Botanical Garden offers new features at Garden of Lights this year

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Posted at 11:25 AM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-24 12:25:19-05

GREEN BAY (NBC 26) -- The annual WPS Garden of Lights is beginning to shine at the Green Bay Botanical Garden.

The garden is conducting operations differently this year due to COVID-19. One of the biggest safety precautions the garden is taking this year is changing the way tickets are purchased. Visitors are asked to go to the garden’s website and sign up for a time slot.

Parking is available on site and in overflow parking within walking distance so guests do not have to ride shuttle buses in close contact with others. Additionally, masks are not only required indoors but also if you can't socially distance outside or if you want to ride the wagon.

The garden will be limited to 2,500 guests per night, spread out over more than four hours. There will also not be a Santa or model train display this year.

However, there are some new features at this year’s display that officials hope visitors will enjoy.

"We have interactive necklaces this year,” explained Eileen Metzler, Director of Sales and Events. “So, guests can purchase a necklace in advance for $12, or at the door for $15 and it actually interacts with 8 different light displays here at the garden. So, they can be wearing their necklace, for example, and going through our caterpillar, and the necklace will change all the different colors of the caterpillar as they're walking through it."

Glistening trees are also new for this season. The Garden of Lights is the largest fundraiser for the Green Bay Botanical Garden.