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Bloedel lights up for Christmas

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – They almost didn’t make it to 2011, but this Christmas the Bloedel Conservatory is trying something new; a lighted holiday display called the “Jewel Box of Lights“.

John Coupar with Friends of the Bloedel says you’ve never seen the dome like this before. “Little laser pinpoint lights on the waterfalls and throughout some of the ferns and bamboo. All around the ponds it’s all lit. The bridges are all lit. It’s a real special effect here at night. Planted a lot of poinsettia displays within the dome, so it’s very colourful. We also have some ornaments in some of the trees. It’s really quite spectacular.”

He says it’s all part of the Bloedel’s reinvention. “To re-engage the community and get them to come out here and realize how fantastic it is.”

And the best part? Coupar says it’s warm even on the chilliest winter night.

He is hoping the display will be expanded every year now that the conservatory has teamed up with VanDusen Botanical Garden.

The display runs until January  2nd.