Selby Gardens’ Lights in Bloom® up for national recognition by ‘USA Today’

Voting in Readers Choice Award contest runs until Dec. 6

More than 2 million lights will illuminate the gardens and walkways of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus during Lights in Bloom®. Photo by Dylan Jon Wade Cox, courtesy of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

The annual holiday spectacular Lights in Bloom®, featured at the downtown Sarasota campus of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, is in the running to be named one of the nation’s 10 best botanical garden holiday light displays, Selby Gardens has announced.

Lights in Bloom® “has become an annual holiday-season favorite locally and across the wider Gulf Coast region,” a news release points out. It is one of 20 botanical garden light shows nominated for the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice 2021 Award, the release points out.

Voting in the contest runs until noon on Dec. 6. Anyone may vote daily for Lights in Bloom® at

“Lights in Bloom® gets more spectacular every year,” said Jennifer Rominiecki, president & CEO of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, in the release. “I must thank our partner Affairs in the Air for annually transforming the Gardens for this breathtaking event,” she continued in the release. “I hope everyone who loves Selby Gardens and Lights in Bloom® will show that love by voting for us in this fun contest.”

“Selby Gardens’ Lights in Bloom® placed ninth in the USA Today 10Best contest in 2019,” the release points out.

Lights in Bloom will be on view at Selby Gardens’ downtown Sarasota campus on select nights beginning Dec. 11 and continuing through Jan. 2, 2022, the release notes.

“Several ticket options are available for visitors to enjoy the experience,” the release says. “Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended and can be made online at Space is limited, and most nights are expected to sell out well in advance,” the release adds.