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Night Lights

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Wave Hill’s 50th anniversary festivities reach a crescendo this spring with a month-long celebration, when visitors will be invited to attend in the evening to enjoy the garden landscape at a time of day and during a season when it is normally closed to the public. Take in The Lightening: a Project for Wave Hill’s Aquatic Garden, an immersive, outdoor installation by acclaimed artist Chris Doyle. Wander through Glyndor Gallery to see Chris Doyle: Landscape Fictions and find plenty to edify body and soul in The Shop and The Café, including informal piano performances in the Mark Twain Room of Wave Hill House—the sets will range from classical and jazz to show tunes and works composed by the guest pianists. Tonight’s performer is Janice FriedmanA Wave Hill at 50 anniversary event.

Evening admission for Night Lights at Wave Hill: $25/$20 Wave Hill Member/$12 children. Purchase tickets in advance and save $2. All sales are final; no refunds or exchanges. Rain or shine.  Tickets available now, online and onsite at the Perkins Visitor Center.

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Your Visitor Experience at Night Lights


Night Lights will take place rain or shine; there are no refunds or rescheduling and all tickets are final sale.  Every person attending Night Lights will need a ticket, including children ages 1 through 12.


Wave Hill House, the Café, Glyndor Gallery, The Conservatory and the Shop at Wave Hill will be open until 9pm.

We encourage you to experience all of Wave Hill’s spectacular gardens during these special evening hours, but please note that certain areas will be closed at dusk for our visitors’ safety.  The Aquatic Garden and The Lightening experience will be open until the garden closes at 9:30pm


The Café at Wave Hill House and the Kate French Terrace will be open each evening. A pianist will perform nightly in the Mark Twain Room. 

Join us on select evenings, Thursday April 23 - Members Night, Friday May 1, Friday May 8 and Friday May 15 for Night Lights Lounge with open bar and hors d’ oeuvres. Menu here

There is no picnicking or outside food or beverages allowed on the grounds of Wave Hill during this special event. 


Please note that there is an incline up to The Lightening at the Aquatic Garden, so please be sure to wear appropriate footwear.

Some paths on our grounds are inaccessible to wheelchairs and for those who may have difficulty walking in narrow or rocky conditions. Wheelchair access to The Lighteningrequires travel over steep gravel paths.  Unstaffed, non-motorized wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the ticket tent.

Both Wave Hill House and Glyndor Gallery are ADA-accessible.

Stroller parking will be available at the entrance to the Aquatic Garden as strollers are not permitted at The Lightening.


The Glyndor Gallery will feature the exhibit, Chris Doyle: Landscape Fictions, and we encourage visitors to make this their first stop before viewing The Lightening in the Aquatic Garden

The Shop at Wave Hill will be open with special Night Lights themed merchandise.