October 6, 2017

Tickets on Sale Oct. 15

Phoenix, October 6, 2017 – Desert Botanical Garden welcomes you to its iconic holiday event – Las Noches de las Luminarias – set for Nov. 24 through Dec. 30. The Garden will be aglow for 21 magical evenings as guests experience the beauty of more than 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags, thousands of white twinkle lights and dramatic desert views. As an exciting addition to this year’s event, visitors will experience the bold, monumental sculptures of Japanese-American artist Jun Kaneko, which will be on display throughout Garden trails. Tickets are on sale Oct. 15 at or by calling 480.941.1225.

Throughout the evening, guests will have the chance to experience wonderful musical performances by some of the Valley’s most popular bands and performers. All acts perform nightly unless otherwise noted. Please visit for more information about the artists. Programming is subject to change. 

  • Mariachi Pasion and Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli
  • Run Boy Run
  • Traveler featuring Scott Jeffers
  • Simply Three | Dec. 1-22, 27-30                                    
  • The Sugar Thieves | Nov. 24-25, Dec. 23 & 26                        
  • Mother Road Trio | All evenings except Dec.9                                 
  • The Sahnas Brothers | Dec. 9                           
  • Salt River Brass Quintet
  • Handbell Ringers of Sun City | Nov. 24-25                
  • Desert Bells International | Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29                      
  • Bells of Joy | Dec. 3 & 21                                           
  • Camelback Bible Church Bells | Dec.15 & 19             
  • Bells of Prais | Dec.16                                       
  • Dayspring Bells | Dec.17                                     
  • Rhapsody Handbells | Dec. 20 & 30                             

Other evening entertainment includes Liberty Wildlife, Yellowbird/Duncan Family performances and cowboy and cowgal poets and musicians. A sumptuous buffet dinner is available at an additional cost from Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events, and the Garden’s Patio Café will be open for a la carte items. Buffet meal tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under. Gourmet s’mores by a fire pit, boutique wines, cocoa and cider will be available for purchase.

In addition, Gertrude’s restaurant will be open. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 480.719.8600 or visiting The Garden Shop will also be open each night of Luminaria and is the ideal place to find desert-inspired gifts for the holiday season.

WHEN:             Members: Dec. 1-3, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; General Public: Nov.24-25, Dec. 8-10,15-17,19-23, 26-30, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

WHERE:          Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008

TICKETS:        Members: Adults: $25 and Children 3-12: $10   General Public:  Adults: $30 and Children 3-12 $12.50; Children 3 and under are admitted free.

INFO:               For additional information or to buy tickets, please call 480 941.1225 or visit

About Desert Botanical Garden
Desert Botanical Garden is the largest botanical garden in the Southwest, featuring 55,000 plants from across the world. The Garden allows visitors to experience the beauty of the desert like never before. For 78 years, the Garden’s commitment to the community is to advance excellence in education, research, exhibition and conservation of desert plants of the world with emphasis on the Southwestern United States.