North Forest Lights

October 26, 2019 - February 16, 2020

Tickets

Adults: $22
Adult members: $15
Youth 7 to 18: $10
Youth members 7 to 18: $7
Kids 6 and under: FREE
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North Forest Lights is an artistic light and sound experience in the middle of the North Forest unlike anything Crystal Bridges has ever presented before. Five distinct installations will bring the soul of the forest to life with light, sound, and sensory effects in a captivating, family-friendly experience.

Crystal Bridges partnered with Montreal-based multimedia and entertainment studio Moment Factory to bring this concept to life. Each encounter that visitors will experience on their walk through the Ozark woods translates nature’s secret music and hidden communication into a symphony of light and sound. North Forest Lights invites people to reconnect with nature and art while helping them to feel part of it.

The five distinct installations that will come to life with light, sound, and special effects are:

  • Crystal Grove – waves of light ripple through the trees in jewel-like fragments.
  • Forest Frequencies – like an orchestra tuning itself into harmony with its surroundings, visitors will experience a variety of music styles from our region’s ragtime, to bluegrass, folk and classical traditions, which will be enhanced by a light show, to inspire a spirit of celebration. 
  • Whispering Tree – visitors are invited to engage in private dialogue with a massive tree as lighting effects respond to the conversation, for all to see.
  • The Hearth – enter this special gathering space convening around an enormous, magical hearth, and immerse yourself in the warm glow and beating heart of nature.The Hearth evokes the region’s spiritual heritage with hymnal and gospel rhythms and melodies that conjure a transcendent communion in the woods.
  • Memory of Water – while crossing a wooden bridge, visitors will become enveloped in a fog as light pixels give the illusion of water interacting with the forest.

The experience will be open in the evening hours after sunset. 

The forest is a natural setting with changing elevations, please watch your step.

The Village

During the experience, guests are also welcome to enjoy The Village, a communal campfire area offering warm beverages, scrumptious snacks, and merchandise. Warm yourself by the fire with hot cocoa or coffee and enjoy the magic of the forest at night. Near the Memory of Water installation, guests can also snap a North Forest Lights photo in the designated photo station. 

Want to add a culinary basket to your experience? No matter if you’re coming to North Forest Lights with your family, friends, or a special date, culinary basket options are available to make your night truly unforgettable. Treat your date to a romantic Heart of the Forest package with a bottle of wine, chocolates, strawberries, and more, or have a bottle of sparkling cider, s’mores, and more with the Nature’s Secret package, perfect to share with your friends or the kids. Available for purchase online when you buy your ticket. Baskets must be ordered 24 hours in advance of your ticket time.

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General FAQ

1Is this a Christmas / holiday light show?
No, this is not a holiday light show, but rather a group of installations using light and music to create unique experiences that help us connect with nature. It’s a great way to spend the holiday with families and friends.
2What are your opening hours?
North Forest Lights will be open in the evening hours after sunset. Hours will vary based on when twilight occurs. Scroll up to click on the day you’d like to attend, then check the available time blocks for that day.
3Who can visit the experience? Is it suggested for children and seniors?
The experience is designed for all ages. If you have accessibility needs in your party, please scroll down to the Accessibility section for more information.
4How long does it last?
Plan for about 45 mins. to see and enjoy the experiences, although you may spend more or less time depending on your preferences.
5How much time can I spend visiting? Am I limited in time?
There is no limit to how much time you can spend in the forest.
6How should I dress?
Comfortable attire and dress for the seasonal weather temperature. Check the weather forecast in advance of your experience date and time. Comfortable walking shoes are encouraged.
7Are there restrooms?
Yes, restrooms will be located in the parking lot and in the Village area. The restrooms in both locations are wheelchair accessible.
8Will merchandise be available for purchase?
Yes. Branded merchandise for North Forest Lights will be available for purchase in the Village area as well as a satellite location once you enter the North Forest.
9Why is it not possible to visit the experience during the day?
North Forest Lights is a nighttime lighting experience. All the installations use illuminated light effects, which cannot be seen during the day.
10Will the North Forest Trail be open during the day for guests to walk on?
Yes, the North Forest Trail will be open for guests during the day.

Tickets

1Can I buy my ticket when I arrive?
Yes, however, your preferred times may be full. We encourage advance purchase.
2There is a time on my ticket. What does it mean?
You may arrive at the North Forest Lights entrance any time during the hour-long time slot on your ticket.
3Why should I purchase my ticket ahead of time?
Space is limited for each time slot, so it is recommended to purchase your ticket in advance for you to participate at your desired time. Adult member tickets are limited to 2 tickets per member purchase.
4Where can I buy a ticket?
Tickets can be purchased at CrystalBridges.org, through the call center, or at the outdoor Guest Services tent when you arrive at North Forest Lights.
5Can I visit the experience many times with the same ticket?
Your ticket is valid for one visit to the experience only.
6Do you have group rates?
For groups of 10 or more, please reach out to our Group Tours department for coordination and assistance with tickets. Specially priced $18 group tour tickets are available for groups of 10 or more adults. Call 479-418-5746. Crystal Bridges is also offering a Winter Party Package called the Infinity and Light Package, which includes a gastro-molecular tasting menu, tickets to the Kusama Infinity Mirrored Room, and tickets to North Forest Lights to create a full evening of fun for you and your party.
7Can the exhibition coupons given to school tour groups be used to get free entry for this experience?
No, coupons given to school tour groups do not apply to North Forest Lights.
8Are tickets reimbursed if it rains?
The weather will be monitored to ensure guest safety. The experience will be held rain or shine if the weather poses no threat to public safety. If the experience is canceled due to unsafe weather, then tickets will be refunded.

Food

1Can we eat there?
Yes! The Village, located in the High South on a Roll food court area, is a designated food area within the experience that will offer snacks and warm beverages. You may also be interested in purchasing a culinary basket to enhance your experience! Culinary baskets can be purchased online when you buy your tickets and must be purchased 24 hours in advance of your ticket departure time. There will also be a satellite location for drinks and snacks once you enter the North Forest.

Accessibility

1Is it accessible to all?
Yes. The trails created for this experience are wheelchair and stroller-accessible. 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.
2Is there a lot of walking involved?
The full experience is about 1 mile (1.5 km) of walking. The forest is a natural setting with changing elevations, so please watch your step. Some benches and seating are provided along the trails.
3Are strollers and wagons allowed for children?
Yes, we encourage you to plan for about 1 mile of walking. Depending on the age and abilities of your group, you may choose to bring strollers or wagons.

Guidelines

1Are pets allowed if they are on a leash?
Dogs on a leash are allowed. Dog owners are asked to clean up after their dogs and keep them under control at all times.
2Can I take photos?
Yes, taking photos and videos is encouraged, however, flash photography is prohibited. Flashes will interfere with light experiences. Near the Memory of Water installation, guests can also snap a North Forest Lights photo in the designated photo station.
3Can we bring snacks or drinks into North Forest Lights?
No outside food and drinks will be allowed inside. Please enjoy the seasonal snacks and drinks available at the Village inside North Forest Lights.

Created and produced by Moment Factory

Sponsored By

The Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation

The Bogle Family, Terri & Chuck Erwin, and George’s