by Photo courtesy of the San Diego Botanic Garden

More than one million holiday lights will illuminate the 37-acre San Diego Botanic Garden for the upcoming holiday season. 

Lightscape, the large-scale lighting display pulls international travelers to see holiday lights, tunnels, fire, sculptures, and artistic installations. The show has sold out in the world’s largest cities, including London, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. 

The six-week-long event begins from Nov. 18 through Jan.1 that will feature “spectacular artistic installations that come to life after dark with color, imagination, and sound,” organizers wrote in a statement. Ticket holders may walk through the garden from 5 p.m. through 8:30 p.m. with exception of Christmas day. 

“We are ecstatic to announce that Lightscape is making its San Diego debut at San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas during the 2022 holiday season," said SDBG President and CEO, Ari Novy, Ph.D. in a statement. "Visitors to the Garden will experience this internationally-renowned holiday light show, unlike anything San Diego venues have offered before. Following sold-out shows in London, Chicago, Melbourne, and New York, we look forward to transforming the Garden into an enchanting, festive, after-dark spectacular where family and friends celebrate and make memories. We are thrilled to launch what we know will become a San Diego holiday tradition.” 

Ticketholders may walk an illuminated one-mile trail customed designed for the San Diego Botanic Garden with suspended strands and tunnels of light, a fire garden, lantern trees, and artistic installations. Visitors can engage with immersive experiences such as the Cathedral of Light the Star Tunnel, and the Fire Garden. 

Tickets begin at $29 for adults and $18 for children ages 3-12, and free for guests ages 2 and under. 

For more information about the event, tickets, and parking, visit

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