The holidays might look different this year due to COVID-19, but Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix is keeping a Southwest tradition alive.
Las Noches de las Luminarias will take place on select nights in November and December, lighting up the night amid the garden’s 50,000 desert plants. Eight thousand luminarias and rows of twinkling lights will illuminate the plant collection and trails through New Year’s Eve.
Garden members can buy tickets now. Sales open to the general public beginning Monday, Oct. 19. Admission will be limited and reservations are required. You can reserve your dates at https://dbg.org/events/las-noches-de-las-luminarias-2020/2020-11-27.
What’s new this year
For the first time, there will be a “silent night” for “self-reflection and rejuvenation” that coincides with the winter solstice on Dec. 21.
While past years have featured live entertainment such as storytelling, stargazing, mariachi bands and handbell choirs, most dates this year will only have “prerecorded sounds of the holiday season and Southwest due to capacity restrictions of venues and trails.”
There will be a limited amount of live music during the member weekend, Dec. 4-6.
A touchless photo booth will be available for visitors who want to commemorate the evening by taking photos, GIFs and Boomerang videos.
COVID-19 safety at the garden
Tickets must be reserved online or by phone ahead of time; they will not be available for purchase at the gate.
All Desert Botanical Garden staff will be wearing face coverings, and all visitors ages 6 and older are asked to wear them as well while maintaining 6 feet of distance from other groups.
As a precaution, some experiences will remain closed at the garden, including select trails, Gertrude’s Restaurant, the Cocoon, the Cactus Clubhouse and the Ottosen Gallery.
Las Noches de las Luminarias
When: 5:30-10:30 p.m. Nov. 27-28 and Dec. 4-6, 11-13, 17-23