Lumagination 2020 Buffalo Botanical Gardens | New York by Rail

january, 2021

janLumagination 2021Month Long Event (january) Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave, Buffalo, NY 14218

Event Details

Lumagination 2021

Lumagination 2021 transforms the Buffalo Botanical Gardens into a magical world with state-of-the-art lighting and sound technology.

State-of-the-art special effects transform the Buffalo Botanical Gardens into Lumagination 2018. | Photo from Buffalo Botanical Gardens, by Joe Diebold

State-of-the-art special effects transform the Buffalo Botanical Gardens into Lumagination. | Photo from Buffalo Botanical Gardens, by Joe Diebold

Visitors to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will enjoy a feast for the eyes at Lumagination 2021. Colorful special-effects, pieces of art, waterfalls, and thematic creations transform the familiar botanical gardens into something entirely different. The gardens are located at 2655 South Park Avenue in Buffalo, New York.

The visionary tour through the magical world of Lumagination takes guests on a tour of the greenhouses, each with their own theme enhanced by light and sound. This year’s particular installment provides an aquatic “under-the-sea” experience. Oversized coral will decorate the Main Palm Dome to give visitors the feeling of walking the sea floor, as fish are projected onto the ceiling above. The Aquatic Garden and Asia Rainforest will be laced with paper jellyfish and intricate lighting designs, while glow-in-the-dark plankton will illuminate the Desert Room. Other greenhouses display beautiful glass coral sculptures, optical rugs, and “sea aliens.” The Wegmans Family will offer interactive fun for children of all ages.

Lumagination 2021 features the innovative work of undergraduate students and professors at the University at Buffalo School of Theatre and Dance. Their greenhouse will be packed with state-of-the-art technology, elaborate sculptures, and theatrical designs to deliver a dramatic show.

Lumagination 2021 Dates and Times

Lumagination 2021 can be seen on several dates between Jan. and Feb. from 6-9 p.m., 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays the specific dates have not yet been announced. The Botanical Gardens will close at 4:30 p.m. and re-open at 6 p.m. for Lumagination. These dates below are the 2020 dates for a frame of reference for when they could be.

January 24 – Launch Party – Tickets sold separately. 

January 25-26, 29-31
February 1, 5-9, 12-22, 26-29


Ticket Sales at Lumagination 2021

Tickets available online or at the door! Tickets purchased online can be used any night of Lumagination. Guest passes and coupons are not valid.

General Public Tickets:
$14 Adults
$12 Seniors (62+)
$12 Students (13+ with ID)
$6 Kids 3-12
Kids 2 and under free

Botanical Gardens Members’ Tickets:
$12 Adults
$10 Seniors (62+)
$10 Students (13+ with ID)
$6 Kids 3-12
Kids 2 and under free

Special Nights at Lumagination 2021

Please note: these special nights are from 2020. The 2021 schedule has yet to be announced.

January 26 – Family Night with the Aquarium of Niagara
Aquarium of Niagara Members will receive Botanical Gardens’ Member prices. Everyone will enjoy kids activities, touch tank fun and more!

January 28 – Photo & Influencer Night
For professional and amateur photographers only.

January 29 – Sensory Night hosted by Autism Services
Everyone is welcome! We encourage the autism community to enjoy this special evening. ASI facilitators will be on-hand to greet visitors and discuss the benefits of sensory environments.

February 5 – Hero Night & Happy Hour
Active Military and Veterans, with valid ID, receive free admission.

February 6 – Pride Night with the Pride Center of WNY

February 9 – Family Night with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Hands-on art fun!

February 14 – Valentine’s Day & Happy Hour
The first 300 visitors will receive a special Valentine’s Day surprise!

February 16 – Family Night with the Buffalo Audubon Society
Everyone will enjoy added kids activities and more!

Take Amtrak to Lumagination at the Buffalo Botanical Gardens

Experience Lumagination 2021 via Amtrak to Buffalo-Exchange Street Station in Buffalo—Don’t forget to use the Amtrak See New York and Save 15% discount!

Get picked up from Buffalo-Exchange Street Station and taken to your reserved NYTRAIN Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Click here to reserve your car or call the Buffalo office today at 716-884-6666.


Month Long Event (january)


Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

2655 South Park Ave, Buffalo, NY 14218