Illuminated Forest



Sunday, November 19, 2017 – January 09, 2018

Each year during the holidays, Descanso Gardens transforms it grounds into an enchanted forest with whimsical lighting displays and interactive exhibitions. A one-mile path, intended for nighttime enjoyment, veers through the Oak Woodland, Camellia Forest, Japanese Garden, and Rose Garden.

Special Light Effects

Descanso Gardens partnered with Lightswitch to create ten high-impact theatrical experiences using environmental light effects. New this year is “Aqueous” by Jen Lewis, an interactive landscape of meandering pathways of light.


The Symphony of Oaks invites visitors to manipulate the sounds and lights in the Oak Grove.  The walk concludes with a spectacular light display in Descanso’s iconic Japanese Garden. Enjoy a stop for hot cocoa or an adult beverage and dinner or a snack along the way.


Enchanted runs from 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM. The gardens are closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


Advance ticket purchase is required and they are sold for specific time slots. Ticket sales begin Monday, October 16, 2017 at noon (member pre-sale begins Monday, October 2, 2017).

General admission (adults, seniors, children 3–18): $28–30.

Children under 2 are free, but still require a ticket.

Descanso Gardens members pay $25–$30.



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