Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Dallas Arbortetum’s Chihuly Nights sold out except for three just-added nights
The tickets will sell before Friday, so buy up if you want to go.
DALLAS The Chihuly sculptures at the Dallas Arboretum are the holiday gift that just keep on giving. The glass-blown sculpture exhibit by Washington artist Dale Chihuly was supposed to close in November, but was extended through the end of the year by popular demand, with more Chihuly Nights added to the calendar here and there.
Tuesday morning, the Dallas Arboretum announced that three more Chihuly Nights dates have opened up: December 7, 8, and 13. But these are the last new dates -- really, they say. The exhibit will not be extended into January; in fact, Chihuly representatives have already purchased their plane tickets home to Washington after the holidays.
All Chihuly Nights tickets are sold out except for the three new days, December 7, 8, and 13. Arboretum representatives estimate that those nights will be sold out by the end of the week. Note that two of the three additional dates fall on a Friday and a Saturday -- rare for Chihuly Nights. Consider scheduling a date night if you can snag tickets.
See photos of the exhibition during the day and at night.
The Chihuly exhibit has brought about 850,000 people to the Arboretum since it opened in May, a 60% increase for the gardens.
The exhibit is still open -- and not sold out -- during the day, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through December 31, excluding Christmas Day. The Arboretum offers a $5 discount on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday during the day through December 19.
The difference between seeing the Chihuly exhibit during the day and at night is stark, however. In daylight, the glass bulbs take on an Alice in Wonderland feel, making the lush gardens feel like a children's playplace. After dark, many of the sculptures light up from the inside out, turning the space into a romantic, quiet date spot.
If we had to choose one, we'd pick nighttime, which is why evenings are selling out. But seeing the colorful, one-of-a-kind exhibit during the day is better than missing it altogether.
Shannon Sutlief contributed to this story.
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