A garden of magical lights

Take a walk through creative displays surrounded by 35,000 lights
December 17, 2020

Story Location:
31401 Melloy Court
Lewes  Delaware  19958
United States

The Garden of Lights show has become a holiday tradition for Cape Region residents who enjoy the half-hour walk-through show at Mill Pond Garden.

The 35,000-light show is designed by Michael Zajic, who was trained in the mechanics at Longwood Gardens in 1993. Zajic used that training to create a world-class, million-light show at Brookside Gardens for the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Zajic also consulted for the renovation of the Lewis Ginter Botanic Garden’s light show in Richmond, Va., in 1998. A horticulturist, Zajic is the founder of the Delaware Botanic Gardens in Dagsboro, founder of Mill Pond Garden in Nassau and founder of the Cape Farm and Garden Tour of 2016.

The displays – using LED energy-saving lights – are creatively crafted by a team of four gardeners trained in light displays who started working in September. The theme is the garden itself, featuring shrubs, trees, flowerbeds, dancing fountain, flowing stream and pond all done in lights.

Mill Pond Garden is a public, nonprofit botanical garden in a residential community, Shadyside, fronting on Red Mill Pond. It is a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat.

To avoid crowding, visitors to the Garden of Lights need reservations and timed tickets this year. The cost is $12 per vehicle. The last two shows of the season will be Wednesday, Dec. 23 and Sunday, Dec. 27.

Go to for more information. Mill Pond Garden is at 31401 Melloy Court off Minos Conaway Road near Lewes.

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