The Night Garden show returns for the Christmas season (includes video story)

The Night Garden Experience brings the Fairchild Botanic Tropical Garden to life this holiday season by animating its rare tropical plants with holographic technology. 

“You feel like you’re in the world of Avatar, Pandora like you’re going through an adventure,” said Daniel Wu, the garden’s director of operations. 

The event is open to all ages every week from Wednesdays to Sundays, starting at 6 p.m., and will run until Jan. 8. However, on Christmas week The Night Garden will be open every day and will host a special New Year’s Eve celebration with DJs, specialty performers and fireworks. 

Throughout the mile-long tour, visitors can find a misty rainbow forest, fairies, luminous butterflies and plants, kinetic sculptures a dancing ground, as well as an interactive talking tree. 

Visitors typically stay for 60 to 90 minutes, where they can enjoy drinks, food trucks and a seating area to enjoy the illuminated garden. Tickets can be bought on their website and discounts are offered for students, seniors and military. 

Nicole Ardila is a digital broadcasting major at FIU, also pursuing a minor in psychology. She's reported for Caplin News from Washington, D.C. for an NBCU Academy Fellowship and directed the Opinion section for FIU’s student media, PantherNOW. In the future, she hopes to become a photojournalist and producer for documentaries/film to share important stories from across the world.

Claudia Morales is a junior FIU student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Digital Communications/Broadcasting. She obtained an associates degree in Mass Communications/Journalism from Miami Dade College. She served as a photographer for The Reporter, the student newspaper at Miami Dade College. She also studied abroad in France and Italy, where she acquired knowledge about globalized media.