The Event

Back by popular demand! Bigger, bolder and brighter!

Shimmering Solstice at Old Westbury Gardens is an unforgettable walkthrough experience of holiday lights, sights, and sounds! Be prepared to be enchanted by magical light displays and seasonal soundtracks that are set along Old Westbury Gardens’ beautiful paths that will lead you through the world-famous Walled Garden, Rose Garden, South Lawn and Allée, just to name a few.

Designed for Old Westbury Gardens by Lightswitch (a collective of internationally-recognized lighting, media, and visual designers), Shimmering Solstice allows guests to experience what is familiar every day in a whole new shimmering light. This year, even more beautiful visuals have been added!

For this year’s dramatic finale, an even more astonishing finale show will be displayed onto the south face of Westbury House. Don’t miss THE holiday light show experience on Long Island!

Dates

November 25, 2022- January 1, 2023
11/25-12/21: Friday-Sunday
12/21-1/1: Wednesday-Sunday
There are no shows on: 12/2, 12/24, and 12/25.

Tickets

Adults: $34.95
Kids (2-13): $19.95
Senior Sundays (65+): $26.95
Anytime, Anyday Tickets: $80

Old Westbury Gardens Members: 20% off Adult Tickets, 50% off Kids Tickets + Premiere Parking included!

Become a member today!

Additional service fees may also apply. See FAQs for more information.

NEW FOR 2022:

  • Re-designed interactive area featuring three new exhibits that will engage adults and children alike!
  • Seasonal music throughout expanded illuminated event path, with even more lights!
  • New illuminated water feature on the West Pond!
  • Updated and even more exciting Westbury House finale show!
  • The Garden of Appreciation will be turned into a lively warming area with a concession stand for seasonal snacks and drinks!

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Frequently Asked Questions


WHAT IS SHIMMERING SOLSTICE?
Back by popular demand! Bigger, bolder and brighter!
Shimmering Solstice at Old Westbury Gardens is an unforgettable walkthrough experience of holiday lights, sights, and sounds! Be prepared to be enchanted by magical light displays and seasonal soundtracks that are set along Old Westbury Gardens’ beautiful paths that will lead you through the world-famous Walled Garden, Rose Garden, South Lawn and Allée, just to name a few.
Designed for Old Westbury Gardens by Lightswitch (a collective of internationally-recognized lighting, media, and visual designers), Shimmering Solstice allows guests to experience what is familiar every day in a whole new shimmering light. This year, even more beautiful visuals have been added!
For this year’s dramatic finale, an even more astonishing finale show will be displayed onto the south face of Westbury House. Don’t miss THE holiday light show experience on Long Island!
WHAT ARE THE DATES FOR SHIMMERING SOLSTICE?
Show dates are between November 25, 2022 and January 1, 2023. The show will be open on the following dates:
November 25*, 26*, 27
December 3*, 4
December 9*, 10, 11*
December 16*, 17*, 18, 19
December 21*, 22, 23
December 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
January 1
*The Santa Babies Carolers will be performing from 6:30-8pm on these select dates
WHERE IS SHIMMERING SOLSTICE LOCATED?
Shimmering Solstice is located at Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY, 11568.
I CAME LAST YEAR, WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR?
The illuminated pathways and light displays have been expanded for 2022! Some new things to look forward to include: a redesigned and robust interactive area that will engage and entertain adults & kids alike, featuring three new interactive exhibits; seasonal music throughout expanded illuminated event path—now with even more lights; new illuminated water feature on the West Pond; updated and even more exciting finale projection show; The Garden of Appreciation will be a warming area with seasonal snacks and drinks. Something new for everyone!
WHEN CAN I PURCHASE TICKETS?
Tickets are on sale now.
WHAT ARE THE TICKET PRICES?
Adults: $34.95
Kids (2-13): $19.95
Senior Sundays (65+): $26.95
Old Westbury Gardens Members: 20% off Adult Tickets, 50% off Kids Tickets + Premiere Parking included!
DO OLD WESTBURY GARDENS MEMBERS NEED TO BUY TICKETS?
Yes.  Old Westbury Gardens members need to purchase tickets and can do so online.  Members are eligible to receive 20% off of regularly priced tickets, 50% off children’s tickets, complimentary Premiere Parking, and Flexible Ticket option.
WHAT IF I CAN’T USE MY TICKET? CAN I GET A REFUND?
Unfortunately, the tickets for Shimmering Solstice are non-refundable. However, if you purchased your tickets before 11/24/22, you can change the date you wish to attend up to 48 hours before the new show date. Tickets purchased after 11/24/22 are not eligible for rescheduling.
Old Westbury Gardens is unable to offer refunds once Shimmering Solstice tickets have been purchased. In the event you are unable to use your ticket completely, please consider your purchase a valued donation to the Old Westbury Gardens, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.
CAN I CHANGE THE DATE OF MY TICKETS?
If you purchased your ticket before 11/24/22, you can change the date of your ticket at least 48 hours prior to the new show date you wish to attend. To do so, you need to email tickets@oldwestburygardens.org.
Tickets purchased after 11/24/22 are not eligible for rescheduling. In the event you are unable to use your ticket completely, please consider your purchase a valued donation to the Old Westbury Gardens, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.
GROUPS
For groups of 20 or more, we offer a discount of 15%. PLEASE NOTE: All group reservations must be made by phone or email. Please call (516) 333-0048 or email grouptours@oldwestburygardens.org for booking and more information. No buses allowed.
WHERE DO I PARK?
Parking is free at Old Westbury Gardens. Just enter through our main gate at 71 Old Westbury Road. Quick tip: Carefully review the driving instructions from your GPS.  Please make sure it takes you to 71 Old Westbury Road.  If it takes you to Post Road that is incorrect.  That is solely a service entrance and you will not be allowed to enter.
Premier Parking is available. If you have purchased Premier Parking, simply enter through the main gate and follow the signs. Please be prepared to show your Premier Parking Ticket.
Premier Parking is available for just $25.
Please plan to arrive at the gate 15 minutes prior to your entry time slot, which will allow time to park, and for checking in.
ARE THE PATHS DARK OR COVERED?
In some areas, for dramatic effect, the lighting will be low level, as part of the immersive experience. However, we have increased the path lights this year to make it easier to see. You are encouraged to bring along a flashlight just in case of an emergency. But it should not be used unless it is necessary, as it may interfere with the effect.
The path is not covered. Also remember, this is an outdoor event, and the weather may be inclement. Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear for winter.
ARE DOGS ALLOWED?
Old Westbury Gardens does not allow pets or emotional support animals (except on designated days). Service animals are allowed in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Service animals in training are allowed on site, although they are not covered under Title III. Read more about the full policy here.
IS SHIMMERING SOLSTICE WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?
Shimmering Solstice is a walk-through experience in our gardens. Please be aware that the paths are made up of grass and gravel, and include inclines and occasional steps. The unpaved gravel pathways through the gardens are not wheelchair accessible.
Special parking is available for guests with state-issued handicap parking permits.
WHEN WILL CAROLERS BE PERFORMING?
The Santa Babies will be performing from 6:30-8pm on the following dates: 11/25, 11/26, 12/3, 12/9, 12/11, 12/16, 12/17, and 12/21.
Old Westbury Gardens – 71 Old Westbury Rd, Old Westbury, NY 11568 – oldwestburygardens.org