Holiday’tulip’ light show at Windmill Island coming this Christmas

HOLLAND — The bustle of Tulip Time may be over, but Windmill Island Gardens has big plans beyond May this year.

The park is making plans for a special Christmastime event called “Magic at the Mill” this December, a “spectacular” holiday music and light show at the park.

“The plan is to open for several weekends in December as a special, ticketed event,” said Windmill Island Gardens manager Matt Helmus.

Scenes from Tulip Time 2022 as people walk through fields of tulips Monday, May 9, 2022, at Windmill Island Gardens in Holland.

The display will mimic the tulip fields, with hundreds of color-changing LED light bulb “flowers” mounted on “stems,” and lights will also adorn the De Zwaan windmill. The lights can be synchronized to music for an 8minute light show.

Holland City Council authorized Helmus last week to work within a $ 100,000 budget to put together the new event, with funding to come from the park’s own fund balance from its admission revenues and support from the Holland Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, which helped develop the event to draw more tourism in the slower winter months.

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