Harry P. Leu Gardens ‘Dazzling Nights’ ends in success, date announced for 2021

Thousands attend local event over the holidays

Dazzling Lights at Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando (Copyright 2020 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Organizers at the Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando are celebrating a huge success over the holiday season.

The creators of the popular “Dazzling Nights” event said after 36 days, the nighttime light show brought in more than 35,000 people from Central Florida and beyond.

“Dazzling Nights” was an outdoor holiday event consisting of a 3/4-mile walking journey featuring a 65-foot-long light tunnel, lasers, interactive light installations, more than a million points of light, snow and live entertainment.

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“The debut of Dazzling Nights at Leu Gardens was a resounding success, which enabled us to host patrons safely in a beautiful outdoor setting while creating lasting holiday memories,” said Orlando Venues Chief Venues Officer Allen Johnson.

Creators from the Creative City Project and The Memoir Agency worked with people at the city of Orlando, Leu Gardens and AdventHealth to make the event happen.

“We set out with the hope that Dazzling Nights will become an annual holiday tradition for the people of our city, and it looks like that’s where we’re headed” said Cole NeSmith, executive director of the Creative City Project.

Organizers said since the event opened on Dec. 1 it was the home to thousands of social media photos and more than two dozen proposals -- which all of them ended in yes. “It was beautiful to watch small groups of friends and family share this meaningful experience together at the end of a difficult year,” said NeSmith.

Following the success of the event, organizers are now planning to bring it back for this year’s holiday season. Due to the popular demand, the event will begin nearly two weeks earlier to accommodate even more guests. The opening date is currently scheduled for Friday, November 19, 2021.

Click here to learn more about the Harry P. Leu Gardens and events coming this year.

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