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Free light show for kids

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, in partnership with Lite 102.9, will host its first Kids Night, 5:309 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Children 12 years old and under, who are accompanied by a paying adult, will receive free admission to Holiday Lights at The Garden.

Activities begin at 6 p.m. and will include a reading of the holiday classic "The Polar Express," a ride on The Garden Express electric tram and even a visit by Santa Claus.

After the activities are completed, guests can visit the holiday lights display, which uses energy efficient LED lights that combine contemporary and traditional displays with accents on nature. Brilliant white lights will sparkle in the White Garden, while the Canal Garden will feature a wide variety of colorful Christmas splendor. Visitors can warm up in The Orchid Conservatory, where the weather is always perfect and exotic tropical plants from poinsettias to orchids are always in bloom.

The Visitor Pavilion will have hot drinks, tasty snacks and a custom-designed train display from Metrolina Model Railroaders.

New to The Garden this year, the Belmont Historical Society will present the original miniature train that shuttled children around Stowe Park in the 1950s -- now fully restored, but not operational.

Admission to Holiday Lights at The Garden is $12 for adults and $11 for seniors 60+. Members receive a half-price discount.

Holiday Lights at The Garden is sponsored by CaroMont Health, Lite 102.9 and the Duke Energy Foundation. Visit the website for the latest information.

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