Prepare to be mesmerized! Holiday-season nights in Descanso Gardens are a magical interplay of lights and natural beauty that dazzle as you stroll through the Enchanted Forest of Light. Kids and adults alike will thrill as they enter 10 different themed gardens, each beckoning visitors to slow down and savor the sparkling and serene displays.
Each light installation plays off of the plant life found in the gardens, creating a seamless blend of art and nature. One moment you’re in a prehistoric forest; the next, you’re shooting lasers across a lake. Follow a path where the colors change with every step you take (kids go crazy with this!), and end up in a colorful forest where you might expect a unicorn to emerge any moment.
Tickets have a timed entry and must be purchased in advance, but once inside, you’re free to stay as long as you please. Don’t worry about becoming hungry or thirsty while you explore, because Descanso Gardens has plenty of dining options, including vendors positioned throughout the Enchanted Forest! Grab a glass of wine and some hot chocolate for the kids while you walk the mile-long path. Maybe make it a fancy date night by dining at their signature restaurant, Maple (reservations suggested), before wandering through the labyrinth of lights.
Yes, it’s a labyrinth, but just follow the arrows; you’ll see everything and end up right back where you started. Be sure to bring warm clothes—it’s as chilly as it is enchanting!
Enchanted Forest of Lights runs daily through January 7 (closed December 24 and 25), from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. General admission tickets start at $28; children 2 and under free. Members of Descanso Gardens receive $5 off admission prices. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Descanso Gardens visitor center. Gift shop and refreshments available.
From Verdugo Blvd. in La Cañada, go south on Descanso Dr. You’ll find Descanso Gardens on the right. Free parking, but the lot is small, so arrive early to find a spot. No dogs.