Yesterday my wife and I were invited to preview a take on holiday lighting inside the Crystal Bridge Conservatory before it opens to the public this Friday. Professional designers from Lightswitch, Toucan Productions, HYBYCOZO and used the latest technology to take the Myriad Botanical Gardens’ holiday display to the next level, beyond strings of lights.

Illuminations - photo by Dennis Spielman

The production company Lightswitch, with offices in Chicago, Hong Kong, New York, Orlando, and San Francisco, was hired to produce “Illuminations: A Northern Lights Experience in the Crystal Bridge” for Oklahoma City’s 30-year-old icon located in the heart of downtown. This light show uses nontraditional lighting techniques with the latest and greatest tools in entertainment technology to create an experience that can be enjoyed by guests of all ages. The display will evoke and enhance the personality of the Conservatory’s collections.

On the music end, Toucan Productions in Oklahoma City gives Illuminations another layer with the sound design as the lights work in sync to the music.

Illuminations - photo by Dennis Spielman

Inside the Crystal Bridge Conservatory are interactive lanterns by HYBYCOZO cast geometric shadows and make for a fun photo opportunity.

This show is proudly presented by OGE Energy Corp., with sponsors Devon Energy, Tinker Federal Credit Union, and Delta Dental. Hours are Tuesdays through Sundays, 6 p.m., last entry at 9 p.m. Closed Mondays. Open New Year’s Eve, 6-11 p.m. Closed December 8, 14 & 15 for private events. Admission for Gardens members is $5 adults, $3 children. For nonmembers cost is $7 adults, $5 children ages 3-12. Children 2 and under are free.

Continue your holiday adventure at the gardens with the Devon Ice Rink and Mo’s Carousel. For more information visit

Illuminations - photo by Dennis Spielman

It’s an expereince worth checking out.