More than 8,000 luminarias, or lighted bags, will illuminate the trails at Desert Botanical Garden beginning Thursday, when Las Noches de las Luminarias opens for the season.
The 34th annual holiday event includes nightly performances by ten musical groups and handbell ensembles. There's also food and drink available - including warm spiced apple cider and hot chocolate - so you can stay fueled as you stroll through the softly glowing desertscape.
Prices and dates listed are for the general public; garden members get a discounted rate and members-only previews Dec. 1-4.
DETAILS >> 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 8-11, 15-23, 26-30. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. $25 for adults, $12.50 for children ages 3-12. Meal tickets are $16.50 for adults and $8.95 for children 12 and younger. (480) 481-8188 or www.dbg.org.