4 things to see at South Coast Botanical Garden’s holiday ‘Glow’ light installation

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The South Coast Botanic Garden is lighting up a portion of its 87-acre horticultural and wildlife habitat for the holidays.

But don’t expect a typical holiday display depicting the standards like elves, reindeer and Santa Claus, at the Palos Verdes Peninsula attraction.

Instead, the garden is going underwater with the help of thousands and thousands of lights all connected with about four miles of wire to illuminate a walk-through art installation called  “Glow” that happens nightly through Jan. 10.

After all, not only is the venue right by the ocean, water obviously gives life to everything at the garden. The after-dark event features parts of the garden outfitted with light installations meant to make people feel like they’re in the ocean and rivers.

“We made water come alive in light. When people come through they’re going to see it in all forms, from ocean waves to rain, misty rain, rain storms, there’s even a river,” said MaryLynn Mack, the chief operating officer of the South Coast Botanic Garden.

The lights are paired with music, including some laid-back electro-pop songs produced specifically for “Glow” by Chicago-born DJ Jerzy.

There are also other styles of music that accompany the installation, including surf rock, classical music, and a few contemporary tunes, such as Train’s 2012 song “Mermaid,” and “Ocean Eyes” — the first song released by Billie Eilish. There’s even a steel drum version of Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”

Read on for four things you need to see at “Glow.”

The South Coast Botanic Garden opened its nighttime art installation called “Glow” on Friday Nov. 20, 2020. The Garden’s Bohannon Rose Garden, Banyan Grove, Desert Collection and Living Wall are all part of a light installation that highlights some of the garden’s beauty (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

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The South Coast Botanic Garden opened its nighttime art installation called “Glow” on Friday Nov. 20, 2020. The Garden’s Bohannon Rose Garden, Banyan Grove, Desert Collection and Living Wall are all part of a light installation that highlights some of the garden’s beauty (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

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The South Coast Botanic Garden opened its nighttime art installation called “Glow” on Friday Nov. 20, 2020. The Garden’s Bohannon Rose Garden, Banyan Grove, Desert Collection and Living Wall are all part of a light installation that highlights some of the garden’s beauty (Photo by Chuck Bennett, …read more

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