Descanso Gardens To Debut New Holiday Light Show

For the first time ever, Descanso Gardens, the iconic L.A.-area botanic garden, will be bathed in gorgeous color when “Enchanted: Forest of Light” debuts. For 43 nights, starting Nov. 25, 2016, Descanso’s hallmark oak trees and botanic collections will be the stars of this brand new, exciting holiday season light show event.


Lightswitch®, an industry leader in creating high-impact theatrical and environmental light effects, is creating 10 unique lighting experiences that illuminate some of Descanso’s most beloved locations, including the Japanese Garden and the Camellia Forest. Visitors will stroll along a one mile walk through the Gardens to see these large-scale light displays, three of which will be interactive, allowing visitors to manipulate the lights and sounds.


Highlights include “The Pool,” an interactive light sculpture by artist Jen Lewin in which people manipulate colors by walking over lighted pads, and the “Symphony of Oaks” which invites visitors to manipulate the sounds and lights in the Oak Grove. The walk concludes with a spectacular light display in Descanso’s iconic Japanese Garden, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. And the evening isn’t complete without a stop for hot cocoa (or an adult beverage) and dinner or a snack along the way.


Tickets are currently on sale and are $28 for adults, $24 seniors 65 and older and children 3-17; free for children 2 and under. Tickets are sold in advance and online at


Descanso Gardens anticipates 100,000 visitors will attend “Enchanted: Forest of Light.” This multi-generational experience, designed to delight all ages, will be presented daily starting Friday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m.“Enchanted: Forest of Light” will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


Find information and watch a preview of “Enchanted: Forest of Light” at Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011. For information, call (818) 949- 4200 or visit Descanso Gardens is a member-supported garden accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.


Credit: Descanso Gardens.


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