Bellevue Botanical Garden recently announced that their annual event, Garden d’Lights, is canceled this year due to COVID-19. Known as one of Bellevue’s signature events, it draws over 90,000 people for a Festival of Lights that lasts over a month during the holiday season.
Garden d’Lights has run from the Saturday after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve for the past 25 years.
According to Cleo Raulerson, co-chair of the event and incoming co-chair of the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society board of directors, “This was a very difficult decision for us, since we know how much this event means to our community. We look forward to returning, better than ever, in 2021.”
Parks & Community Services Department and Bellevue Botanical Garden Society partner to make this event possible. There are normally almost 130 volunteers who repair and place half a million string lights with zip ties and rebar to create a variety of animals and nature scenes throughout a large portion of the garden.