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Since 1978, nearly 2 million Garden visitors have made Las Noches de las Luminarias a part of their holiday tradition. What began as an idea from former Executive Director Rodney Engard, Garden staff and volunteers to create a Southwestern holiday event that also was a fundraiser for the Garden to support its budget and mission, has grown into a 21-night celebration with more than 8,000 candles and nearly 200,000 twinkle lights on the trails.

Discover some of the most memorable years of Las Noches de las Luminarias.

 

  • 1978 – FIRST-EVER LAS NOCHES DE LAS LUMINARIAS 700 LUMINARIAS | 600 PEOPLE

  • 1986 – POPULARITY GROWS | TICKETS SOLD TO HELP WITH CROWD CONTROL

  • 1987 – MEALS INTRODUCED | FEATURING THE HEARTY COWBOY MEAL
  • 1989 – EXPANDS TO 3 NIGHTS | $40,000 RAISED
  • 1998 – ENTERTAINMENT ADDED
  • 1998 – EXPANDS TO 4 NIGHTS | LUMINARIA KITS SOLD
  • 2004 – EXPANDS TO 22 NIGHTS | 132,000 CANDLES (LIT AND SNUFFED BY HAND)
  • 2005 – LIGHTER CONTEST HELD FOR VOLUNTEERS
  • 2009 – BOPPART COURTYARD TURNS INTO A WINTER WONDERLAND
  • 2009 – GUESTS EXPLORE BRAND NEW BERLIN AGAVE YUCCA FOREST & BRONZE ALLAN HOUSER SCULPTURES
  • 2010 – TRAVELER APPEARS AT LUMINARIA FOR THE FIRST TIME
  • 2014 – LUMINARIA “LABYRINTH” BECOMES A FAN-FAVORITE
  • 2015 – BRUCE MUNRO LIGHT EXHIBIT | 24 NIGHTS OF LUMINARIA
  • 2017 – LIBERTY WILDLIFE MAKE THEIR “HOOT” OF A DEBUT
  • 2017 – JUNE KANEKO + LUMINARIA
  • 2018 – 40 YEARS OF LUMINARIA
  • 2019 – WILD RISING BY CRACKING ART GLOWS
  • 2020 – FIRST-EVER SILENT NIGHT
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