While the day was warm and windy, a damp chill filled the air as night fell. Despite the chill, visitors flocked to Allen Centennial Gardens to attend the inaugural showing of Luminous.

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Luminous attendees were greeted at the garden’s gates by cheerful volunteers decked out in glow-in-the-dark necklaces, and, unexpectedly, a long line to wait in.

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Viewers were enchanted by illuminated orbs that seemed to fall from the branches of a willow tree as they waited in line for the event.

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Katie Cooney/The Badger Herald

Lanterns and lights of all kinds lit up what little snow remained, highlighting the peace and serenity of the garden in winter.

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Katie Cooney/The Badger Herald

Paths were lit with luminaries and white rope lights to guide viewers through the garden.


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Katie Cooney/The Badger Herald

Katie Cooney/The Badger Herald

Allen Centennial Gardens interns were responsible for creating and executing their own designs for certain parts of the garden, showing off their design talents.

Katie Cooney/The Badger Herald

Katie Cooney/The Badger Herald

Visitors were happy to warm up at several bonfires while they cooked s’mores and drank hot chocolate.

If you missed it this year, don’t worry — after an overwhelmingly positive response to the event, Allen Centennial Gardens has announced Luminous will be back next year.