Luminaria Nights

Come Glow at California Botanic Garden this December

Members Only Preview Night &
Acorn/Family Plus VIP Reception:
Friday, December 8
Open to All:
december 9 & 10, 15 & 16

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Come find your glow this winter during Luminaria Nights at California Botanic Garden. This holiday lights experience is like no other in Southern California, featuring peaceful luminaria- and string light-lined paths between beautifully illuminated musical venues. With at least three live performers each night, art installations, and food, sweet treats, and drinks available for purchase, Luminaria Nights highlights the quiet evening beauty of CalBG’s unique native plant gardens. New this year: Members Only Preview Night on Friday, December 8th! Become a CalBG member today to purchase tickets for this special night. Join at or upgrade to the Acorn or Family Plus membership level to gain access to our December 8th VIP reception with exclusive treats, drinks, and music.


$20 Adult | $15 Student/Senior/Child
$15 Member Adult* | $10 Member Student/Senior/Child*

*Please note: Members must create an account and log in (upper right corner of ticket page) in order to see member price discount in shopping cart.

Music & art installation schedule

Dynamic Art Installations (all nights)
Mirror Speak: Water and Light (by Lachlan Turczan)
Fluorescent Flowers (by Craig Burrows)

Friday, December 8th (Members Only Preview Night)
ShamaMamahS (folk trio)
Steve Rushingwind (Native American flutes)
Ray McNamara (steel drums; VIP reception for Acorn and Family Plus Members)
Food Truck: Seoulmates

Saturday, December 9th
Ray McNamara Ensemble (blues)
Steve Rushingwind (Native American flutes)
Pheobe Madison Schrafft (harp)
Food Truck: Tropic Truck

Sunday, December 10th
Anamaria De La Cruz Ensemble (original songs and covers)
Celia Hollander (electronic soundscapes) in collaboration with Floating & Lachlan Turczan
Pheobe Madison Schrafft (harp)
Food Truck: Baby's Burgers

Friday, December 15th
Jazz Doctors (jazz ensemble)
Steve Rushingwind (Native American flutes)
Pheobe Madison Schrafft (harp)
Food Truck: Tropic Truck

Saturday, December 16th
Jazz Doctors (jazz ensemble)
Steve Rushingwind (Native American flutes)
Anamaria De La Cruz Ensemble (original songs and covers)
Food Truck: 5Elementos

important event information

If Luminaria Nights is not already sold out, very limited numbers of tickets will be available during the event at the Admissions Kiosk. We highly recommend purchasing your tickets in advance. Please check the website for “sold out” notices before traveling to the Garden if you are hoping to purchase tickets at the entrance. 

There are no refunds on Luminaria Nights tickets, unless the Garden must cancel the event due to weather conditions. If you have tickets to a canceled night of Luminaria Nights, you will receive an e-mail giving you the option to: attend another scheduled night of Luminaria Nights (subject to Garden capacity limits), convert your Luminaria Nights ticket to one free general admission to California Botanic Garden (excluding special, ticketed events and expiring one year from ticketed event date), apply tickets to membership, apply tickets to a donation, or receive a refund. 

Parking for Luminaria Nights is free, but may be impacted due to crowds. Parking is available in the CalBG Main Lot, in available spots on College Ave. north of Foothill Blvd., in the adjacent parking lot between North College Ave. and the former School of Theology apartment buildings, and along the access road in front of the former School of Theology. Please heed all parking signs and attendant instructions.

Luminaria nights
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interested in participating as a vendor? all types of wedding-related vendors are invited to apply. vendor registration starts at $200



Adeline Ojeda