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Enter a desert wonderland this holiday season at Desert Botanical Garden with Las Noches de las Luminarias. Enjoy an evening filled with sparkling luminarias and twinkling holiday lights. Musical performances, entertainment and holiday delights line the Garden’s iconic trails for a picture-perfect night.

Desert Botanical Garden’s longest-running tradition is Las Noches de las Luminarias (Luminaria). On a cold December night back in 1978, volunteers and staff worked on lighting 700 luminarias and welcoming 600 guests for a one-night experience at the Garden. The idea for Luminaria came from the executive director at the time, Rodney Engard, in collaboration with staff and volunteers. Engard wanted to create a holiday event that represented the Southwest and complemented the Garden’s beauty, which was a gift to the community.

Many of the same traditions still hold true more than 40 years later. Luminarias are placed, lit and snuffed by the hands of staff and volunteers. New traditions have been added, such as twinkle lights on trees throughout the Garden. Adding more nights, luminarias and entertainment to the celebration of Luminaria help the Garden enhance its longest-running tradition every year.

Advance ticket reservations are required.

Las Noches de las Luminarias| Select nights Dec. 1-30, 2023
This article and photo were taken from the press release section of the dbg.org website.