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Las Noches de las Luminarias

DATE: Dec. 9 -11, 15 - 18, 20 - 23, 26 -31
TIME: 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
PRICE: Member Adult: $34.95 | Member Child 3 - 17: $14.95 | General Public Adult: $39.95 | General Public Child 3-17: $16.95 | Children 2 and younger: FREE

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.

Plus, new this year, the holiday also includes an extra layer of beauty with the bold and lyrical large-scale sculptures of Playing with Stars by Rotraut interweaving gracefully with the sparkles of the luminaria bags throughout the trails and Ottosen Gallery.

Also new this holiday season, head over to Webster Auditorium and take part in building an Enchanted Garden Village each night of Luminaria. Bring your creativity and use elements like stones, moss and other enchanted accessories on this community project for kids and the young at heart.

To see the full calendar of Luminaria performances, please click here


SPONSOR A LUMINARIA TRIBUTE BAG | Honor a loved one or celebrate a special occasion with a personalized message on a special luminaria bag that will be placed at the Jan and Tom Lewis Desert Portal during Las Noches de las Luminarias. Sponsorship begins at $125. Call 480.941.3517 for more information or purchase here.

Dec 18 | LA POSADA
Returning for the first time since 2019, La Posada on Dec. 18, celebrates the Mexican holiday tradition of La Posada. Cherish the time spent with family and friends, join in the festivities of two singing processions through the Garden, break piñatas and savor traditional food and drinks. La Posada activities are included with Luminaria ticket. Click here to learn more about La Posada.

HELP THOSE IN NEED | This year when you purchase your Luminaria tickets, you will have the opportunity to help those in need by donating to Season for Sharing during the check-out process. Season for Sharing funds agencies help at-risk children and families, improve education and serve the elderly.


Know Before You Go


  • Please enter at your ticketed time. Advance reservations are required and entry times have limited capacity. The last guest admission is 8:30 p.m.
  • Parking is complimentary. Please allow extra time to park and enter at your designated time.
  • Patio Café and Gertrude’s Restaurant offer several dining options. Advanced reservations are recommended for Gertrude’s.
  • Bars offering a variety of holiday drinks are available throughout the Garden and accept debit and credit only.
  • Garden Shop is open until 10 p.m. Members receive a 10% discount upon presentation of a valid Membership card at checkout.
  • Electric scooters and wheelchairs can be rented at the SRP Visitor Center on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Playing with Stars: Rotraut at Desert Botanical Garden

Oct. 7, 2022 - May 14, 2023

The bold and lyrical large-scale sculptures of Rotraut will enliven the Garden t​rails while a selection of her paintings and small sculpture fill the Ottosen Gallery. Known around the world, and based in Arizona, Rotraut’s artwork explores the energy of the seasons and the relationship of nature with the sky, sun and universe.

Cactus Clubhouse

Dec. 1 - Feb 28

Desert Botanical Garden invites kids to engage with the outdoors around them at Cactus Clubhouse–a nature play space. The play area provides unstructured, child-led activities for kids under 12 to discover the fun of the natural world.

Dog Days at the Garden

Jan. 14

Bring your furry friend to Dog Days at the Garden for the “ultimutt” nature experience. Explore the beauty of the Sonoran Desert and stroll the Garden’s five thematic trails Saturday mornings.

Become a member and get unlimited access all year!

Dec. 9 – 11, 15 – 18, 20 – 23, 26 – 31 | Garden closes at 4 p.m.  Last entry at 2:30 p.m. Garden reopens at 5:30 p.m. for Luminaria ticket holders. Dec. 25: Garden is closed