Dec 30, 2020
USA Today Readers Recognize Longwood Gardens’ Holiday Display

Readers of USA Today voted Longwood Gardens as the winner of its Best Botanical Garden Holiday Lights contest.

With more than 500,000 outdoor lights and fountains that dance to holiday classics, Longwood won the contest sponsored by USA Today and, topping a list of 20 botanical gardens from across the U.S.

Rounding out the top five is Galaxy of Lights at Huntsville Botanical Garden in Huntsville, Alabama; Gardens Aglow at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine; Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights, at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia, and Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, North Carolina.

This is the third consecutive year Longwood has won the Best Botanical Garden Holiday Lights award. In addition, in 2014, 2016, and 2018 Longwood was named Best Botanical Garden in North America. For more about the contest and the complete list of Botanical Garden winners, visit

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