March 24, 2023
What to know about Las Noches de las Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden

PHOENIX — The Desert Botanical Garden welcomes the holiday getaway season with its legendary tradition of Las Noches de las Luminarias.

“This custom begun to share with people in this article at the garden the magnificence of the holiday seasons,” said Marisol Peláez, digital marketing and advertising manager at the Desert Botanical Back garden. “People can wander by means of the trails and they are heading to be ready to abide by this route full of luminaria lights.”

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‘Las Noches de las Luminarias’ 2022 version.

The backyard commenced this southwest tradition in 1978.

“They started with the volunteers at the time, by hand lights 700 luminaria baggage and now this occasion has grown to…more than 8,000 luminaria bags at the back garden,” Peláez.

New this year: Guest will see sculptures of ‘Playing with Stars’ by Rotraut in the garden.

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New this calendar year: Guest will see sculptures of ‘Playing with Stars’ by Rotraut in the backyard garden.

Las Noches de las Luminarias is a long-standing tradition below in the Valley, and a great deal like the very first night time, they are nevertheless lit by hand, candle right after candle.

The luminaria baggage illuminate the garden’s trails and lead visitors to live enjoyment.

“We’re likely to be ready to see all kinds of tunes. We have Christmas carolers, we have mariachi, we have Americana, we have rock, so men and women are going to be capable to discover for sure a large amount of enjoyment solutions,” claimed Peláez.

Las Noches de las Luminarias at the desert botanical garden runs until December 31st.

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Las Noches de las Luminarias at the desert botanical garden operates until December 31st.

“You’re able to working experience the desert, you know, in a various light. It’s a excellent practical experience for the entire relatives,” claimed Peláez to ABC15.


  • Dates: Las Noches de Luminarias are lit on picked dates, which consist of December 9 -11, 15 – 18, 20 – 23, and 26 -31 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Ticket charges: $39.95 for grown ups, $16.95 for kids [ages 3-17] and young children 2 and young enter for Free. [Member prices differ].
  • In which: Desert Botanical Back garden [1201 N Galvin Pkwy] in Phoenix.


For the to start with time due to the fact 2019, the Desert Botanical Garden will be bringing back again ‘la posada!’

“For these that never know what a posada is, it’s a reenactment of the journey that Joseph and Mary took in advance of Jesus was born… so persons will go to distinct stations, and they will be singing back and forth-reenacting this record,” stated Peláez. “So, we’re obtaining an party throughout Las Noches de las Luminarias where folks can love audio, they can love folkloric dance, they’re going to be able to enjoy mariachi… we’re going to have three processions [so] we propose that you check out our web page. The three processions will be led by the mariachi.”

The Luminarias illuminate the pathways to live entertainment. The image above showcases an all-female mariachi band playing at the garden.

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The Luminarias illuminate the pathways to are living leisure. The picture earlier mentioned showcases an all-woman mariachi band actively playing at the yard.

It is hugely prompt that you pre-register on the internet for this function since it tends to sell out.

La posada will consider area on December 18.