Shimmering Solstice returns to Old Westbury Gardens for the holidays

Shimmering Solstice returns to Old Westbury Gardens for the holidays

Back by popular demand, second year promises to be bigger and brighter with new features

Shimmering Solstice at Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, presented by Catholic Health, returns for its second year on  Friday, November 25. Back by popular demand, this holiday themed light show offers visitors the opportunity to behold a series of magical light displays as they walk along the beautiful meandering paths through Old Westbury Gardens’ Walled Garden, Rose Garden, South Lawn, and Allée.

“This walkthrough light show is uniquely designed specifically for Old Westbury Gardens, a beautiful long
island landmark” said Nancy Costopulos, President and CEO of Old Westbury Gardens. “It offers a one-
of-a-kind experience which is now becoming a new holiday tradition.”

This year, even more beautiful visuals have been added including a re-designed interactive area
featuring three new exhibits that will engage adults and children alike; seasonal music throughout the
expanded illuminated event path, a new illuminated water feature on the West Pond, and the Garden of Appreciation will be turned into a lively warming area with a concession stand for seasonal snacks and

Shimmering Solstice is a completely custom-built show by Lightswitch, a collective of internationally
recognized lighting, media, and visual designers that has been uniquely designed to highlight the
features of Old Westbury Gardens. The goal was to turn the gardens into a visitor location that can be
enjoyed during the fall and winter holiday season and that would remain consistent with the mission of
Old Westbury Gardens.

“Shimmering Solstice was designed to be a celebration of our space,” said Maura Brush, Director of
Horticulture at Old Westbury Gardens. “The features that define Old Westbury Gardens such as the
formal allées, ponds, and statuary are all illuminated so visitors can view them in a completely different

This walk-through show is a family friendly experience people of all ages can enjoy and is designed for
visitors to explore at their own pace. For the exciting finale, visitors will once again be dazzled to see the
south facade of Westbury House come alive with magical lights and seasonal sounds—this year with an
exciting twist!

Tickets are on sale now. The show runs on select dates from November 25, 2022 and runs through
January 1, 2023. The admission time starts at 5:30 p.m. Check website for available dates and times.
For more information and to see a video preview of the event, visit

About Old Westbury Gardens:
Built in 1906 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Old Westbury Gardens is the former
home of John S. Phipps, his wife, Margarita Grace Phipps, and their children. Today, as a not-for-profit
organization, Old Westbury Gardens welcomes visitors of all ages for a wide range of historical, cultural,
artistic, educational, horticultural events. Old Westbury Gardens seeks to inspire appreciation of the
early 20 th  century American country estate through faithful preservation and interpretation of its
landscape, gardens, architecture and collections. For more information,