Winter Wonderscape Holiday Light Show

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Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings December 2, 3, 4; 9, 10, 11; 16, 17, 18; 23, 24; 30, 31, January 1 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Winter Wonderscape Holiday Light Show is back for its second year and better than ever with our outdoor walk-through holiday light show featuring a variety of immersive light displays throughout the entire 17-acre site. Don’t miss our new and improved features and elements including motion and music. Walk through brightly lit tunnels, meander through fantasy lights falling like stars, view massive disco balls twirling to laser lights, enjoy a twenty-foot-wide fountain of lights and a wide array of other sparkling wonders. The kids will enjoy lighted sculptural forms including Peter Rabbit, the metamorphosis of the luna moth, penguins cavorting on skis, sleds and ice skates and a giant lighted snowflake.

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On your way out through the main building, don’t miss the RG Express Holiday Train display in the Hughes Conservatory! Visitors young and old will be enchanted by this custom-built garden-scale train, which was created by Applied Imagination, an internationally recognized company whose train displays meld botanical design and architecture.

As you leave the RG Express Train display, stop by the Garden Room for some music:

Friday, December 3 – Coffee Shop Romance is a husband-and-wife acoustic duo who uses lush harmonies and beautiful chemistry to reimagine music from yesterday and today.

Saturday, December 4 – Tom Box will be featuring the best in oldies and rock and soul music.

Saturday, December 11 – The Bluestem Bellows Band comprises five eclectic musicians who have found great joy in making music together using that world music wind instrument the accordion.

Friday December 17 – Britches & Hose Ukulele Club is an all-ukulele all the time ensemble.

Saturday December 18 – Barb Evenson on the Harp

You can take home a light up memento from the Winter Wonderscape holiday light show. Items are available for sale in a trailer outside the entry gates. Note: there will be no Gift Shop sales on December 24.

  • Color-Changing LED Light Up Rose $2.00
  • Foam LED Light Up Wand $2.00
  • Rainbow Prism Glasses $1.00


Tickets on sale starting 12:00 p.m. November 2. Buy your tickets early, as popular time slots sell out quickly.

Tickets must be purchased online. All tickets are for a specific day and entry time window (ex. 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.). You must enter during your time window but may stay as long as you like. DAILY CAPACITY WILL BE LIMITED.

Ticket pricing:     

  • $10 Adult General Public
  • $8 Adult Members & ISU Students
  • $5 Youth (ages 2-12)                                                              
  • Free for Youth under 2

outdoor holiday lightsYou should receive an email with your confirmation number that you will use to check in. Check in will be at the East Entrance bridge using your confirmation number or name. For questions or concerns, please contact Conference Services. Preferred communication method is by email at Can also be reached at 515-294-6222 during business hours, Monday – Friday, 7:30 – 4:30 p.m. During Winter Wonderscape, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. are the busiest times for visitation. We encourage you to visit after 7:00 p.m. to avoid larger crowds. The final ticket entry time will be 8:00 p.m. each night, with the show ending at 9:00 p.m.

Please note: Reiman Gardens will close early at 4:00 p.m. to setup for Winter Wonderscape on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. On New Year’s Day, Reiman Gardens will be closed during the day and open for the light show at 5:00 p.m.