Lightscape at the LA Arboretum returns this holiday season for 2023! Don’t miss this must-see spectacular holiday light show! Experience a one-of-a-kind, immersive night adventure, wandering into a festive world of wonder with thousands of twinkling lights in the various attractions from the Cathedral of Light to the Star Tunnel and more.
Tickets To Lightscape 2023 at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
Lightscape transforms the Arboretum into a night of wonder and light for an unforgettable holiday event for family and friends.
The internationally acclaimed Lightscape returns with stunning new installations along a new expanded trail. Also new for 2023, Santa will be at Lightscape on Dec. 7-9, 15-17 and 20-23.
Over the last three years, I had the opportunity to preview the newest holiday event in Los Angeles called Lightscape. I was enthralled by all its beauty! Upon entering the historic LA Arboretum gardens I came across rows and rows of illuminated Christmas trees in the Geo Forest. They shined brightly in all their glory on the grassy null.
In 2021, I continued my stroll down the approximately one-mile easy trail to be greeted by a very large display of iron circles with fire blowing out of them. This is affectionally called the Fire Garden, which sweetly played the tune Silent Night. I took a few moments to reflect and enjoy the peaceful song. What’s so unique about Lightscape is that each area is designed for people to pause and reflect upon the art that is before them.
Up next was Hollywood of the Arboretum where various movies were displayed on the grown as you walked by. They had timeless classics from each era including 1968’s Mission Impossible and 1984’s Jurassic Park 3.
After gazing at Hollywood stars for awhile, I came upon my favorite part of Lightscape, the Signing Trees. One tree after another lit up as it is appeared that each tree was singing for an audience of one. It was a very beautiful and inspiring exhibit.
After being serenaded by the Singing Trees, I made my way to the Jignatics. The Jignatics is a large field of flowers that light up the night sky. They illuminated their beauty in red, yellow, and orange with a range of green and blue stems.
One of the most eye catching exhibits of Lightscape is the Winter Cathedral made up of over 1,000 Christmas lights. It is the best spot in the arboretum to capture that special holiday photo or family portrait. Be prepared and pack your camera or charge your cell phone ahead of time.
Next up was the gorgeous Lilies floating on the lake. Consisting of large size flowers, the lilies floated above Baldwin Lake like delicate works of art. In the background, you could see the historic Queen Anne Cottage and Coach Barn lit up in a variety of gentle hues.
After visiting the Lilies, I walked into a forest of disco music called the Disko Tannsi. I immediately felt like I was in the middle of the 1977 movie Staying Alive starring John Travolta. Silver statues were placed around the prehistoric/tropical jungle as pink and silver lights shined upon them and brought them to life. Parents and their kids were also dancing to the music as they made their way to the final exhibit area.
Last, but not least, I came across a sea of lights that looked liked stunning tulips coming up out of the ground. There was an entire musical presentation as the lights changed and moved back and forth across the grassy field. It was a great way to end Lightscape, the newest holiday light exhibit in LA!
A few new exhibitions for the 2023-2024 season includes Submergence, Christmas Tree Lane, S’mores and Bouquet d’abet-jours.
How To Purchase Tickets For Lightscape
Purchase tickets now for first choice of the best dates and times. If you are an Arboretum member or become a member, you can save $3 per ticket.
November 17, 2023 – January 2, 2024
Tickets Entry Times:
5:30pm-8:45pm in 15-minute intervals (closes at 10pm)
Child (3-12): $14-$18
Infants: (0-2 years): free
*$3 service charge apply
Free park and ride (handicap accessible) available at Santa Anita Park race track, Gate 6 off of Colorado Blvd. Onsite parking available to purchase, add to your cart when you book your entry tickets.
To Purchase Tickets:
To learn more about Lightscape at the LA Aboretum and to purchase tickets, visit www.aboretum.org.