Thanksgiving Point’s revamped holiday attraction, complete with an abundance of lights and different sections and experiences, will open to the public on Friday.

“Luminaria: Experience the Light” covers the Ashton Gardens and will be open until Dec. 31. Josh Berndt, Thanksgiving Point communications director, said the light experience is like nothing Utah County has seen before.

“They (those that attend) can expect to have their minds blown,” Berndt said. “There’s almost a million lights and 27 different beats, which are each unique. Everything you can think, smell or feel about the holidays are going to be represented in a different area.”

This is the first year for Luminaria, which is taking the place of the previous drive through light experience at Electric Park.

“It was a nice slow meandering drive through,” Berndt said. “But with the amount of traffic, buildings and people in the area that became slowly unrealistic.”

In different areas of the garden, visitors can interact with reindeers, make s'mores and see the Light of the World Garden fully lit up.

Berndt said he was excited to see the many months of work in the garden to come together. He said from the minute guests step into the garden they will be surrounded by lights and holiday magic.

The first or most recognizable thing they will see is Tree Top Summit, which stands on top of a hill and features a 120-foot-tall Christmas tree. Many lights, including a mosaic of luminaries, will highlight that.

“It’s just going to be the first kind of aha moment and that’s what I’m most excited to see come to fruition,” he said.

Tickets are available for purchase at thanksgivingpoint.org. While there are different packages available, the basic tickets run $20 for adults and $17 for seniors and children 3-12. The event has timed-tickets to make sure it is not too crowded.

“We want the experience to be special and we don’t want it to be overcrowded like an amusement park,” he said.

Shelby Slade is a reporter for the Daily Herald who covers crime and the southern part of Utah County.

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