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Winter Garden Aglow

Runs through Sunday, January 5, 2014

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Winter is not what we see on television shows and commercials. In car ads, we see sleek vehicles plowing gracefully through drifts of perfect powder. On TV shows, practically every tree is scrupulously decked with shiny baubles and everyone sits fresh-faced before a crackling fire sipping festive 'nog. In real life, snow is a road hazard that more often than not turns to gray slush overnight, and most cities dress themselves in the same shabby ornaments they've been using for the past 15 years. That beverage everyone's sipping usually turns Uncle William into Drunkle Billy.

The holidays aren't at the shopping mall, the car dealership or even your front yard. They're in your heart. They're also at the Idaho Botanical Garden, which begins its 17th annual Winter Garden aGlow on Thanksgiving Day--Thursday, Nov. 28. Experience all the splendor and majesty of a television-worthy holiday spectacular with 308,000 lights, which turn the garden into a winter wonderland.

New additions this year include an expanded path through the Meditation Garden, a tree house feature at the Children's Adventure Garden so illuminated it could probably be seen from space, and a photographer will be on hand to snap Santa and Prancer as they pull into the Santa Station by the Guard Tower to take requests from the kids.

The garden will be open nightly from 6-9 p.m. through Sunday, Jan. 5, except for Tuesday-Wednesday, Dec. 3-4. Admission is FREE-$8.