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What to Expect at North Forest Lights: Season 3

North Forest Lights at Crystal Bridges

North Forest Lights is back for a third (and final!) season in Crystal Bridges’ North Forest! Montreal-based multimedia and entertainment studio Moment Factory created and produced North Forest Lights exclusively for Crystal Bridges using the environment of the museum’s surrounding forest to come up with five light-and-sound installations that bring the soul of the forest to life.

To plan your trip, here’s what you can expect during the final season of the North Forest Lights experience, open now:

Your journey begins on Museum Way

We’re asking that all guests attending North Forest Lights park at the additional parking and gravel lots at the top of the hill (across the street from the Amazeum). From there, follow the path of lights into the North Forest. The check-in kiosk is found just within the trees (see map above).

This kiosk will be the command center where tickets will be scanned and accessibility needs can be handled (keep scrolling for accessibility info). This kiosk will also serve as the lost-and-found destination for items or members of your party should you get separated.

North Forest Lights will be open in the evening hours after sunset Wednesday-Sunday, and times will vary depending on the twilight hour each day. When you purchase your ticket, you will note the 15-minute window in which you’d like to attend. Departure times are broken out every 15 minutes to regulate the flow of traffic in the experience. You will then make your way down the path into the North Forest. Once you hit the Deer sculpture by Tony Tasset, turn right, and you’ve made it to North Forest Lights!

A few other tips:

  • Per CDC’s updated guidelines, we are requiring all visitors ages 2 and up and staff to wear a face covering indoors and for outdoor programs. Masks will be available upon entry for those who do not have one.
  • This is a nighttime, outdoor event, so please check the weather before you go and dress accordingly.
  • Well-behaved dogs on a leash are allowed in North Forest Lights.
  • No outside food and drinks will be allowed inside, but guests are welcome to enjoy the seasonal snacks and drinks available at the Village (keep scrolling to learn more!).
Outdoor pavilion at night with people
The Village at North Forest Lights (photo taken in 2019).

Grab a seasonal beverage or snack at the Village

In addition to the five, unique installations that make up North Forest Lights, there is a special area called the Village (located in the food truck area) where guests will have the opportunity to purchase drinks (hot cocoa, coffee, wine, beer, etc.), snacks (nachos, paninis, roasted pecans, etc.), and spice up your hot chocolate with Irish cream, salted caramel, or peppermint schnapps.

You can also purchase a culinary package, available for purchase online when you buy your ticket. Packages must be ordered 24 hours in advance of your ticket time.

photo booth station at north forest lights

Snap a North Forest Lights photo in the forest

Located near the Memory of Water installation, guests can also snap a North Forest Lights photo in the designated photo station. The area will be decorated with lights to make the area a perfect place to snap memorable selfies or holiday photos.

crystal grove in north forest lights
North Forest Lights at Crystal Bridges. Courtesy of Moment Factory.

Be prepared for lots of walking. Accessibility assistance will be available.

There will be about 1.5 miles of walking in total, including the walk to and from the additional parking lot. We understand that this might be a lot for some family members, so we will have assistance available. Wheelchairs will be available for guests to check out at the North Forest Lights entrance, and a mobility shuttle will be offered to transport folks with accessibility needs by request from the parking lot to the entrance of North Forest Lights where they can meet back up with their party.

The trails created for this experience are wheelchair and stroller-accessible. Depending on the age and abilities of your group, you may also choose to bring strollers or wagons.

Dale Chihuly's Sole D'Oro glowing at night
Dale Chihuly, Sole D'Oro, 2017, 162 × 168 × 168 in., blown glass and steel, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2019.9Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.

Enjoy Crystal Bridges sculptures at night

There are several sculptures from the Crystal Bridges collection found in the North Forest including Tempest by Brian Tolle and Sole d’Oro by Dale Chihuly (pictured above). When you enter North Forest Lights, you’ll be able to admire these sculptures illuminated in a new light after dark!

 

 

North Forest Lights is open through January 2, 2022.

For more FAQs and tickets, visit the North Forest Lights page.