Lightscape at the LA Arboretum is happening now through January 2nd. I went last December and was so excited that it was back and reimagined for the 2023 season. One of my favorite things about the holiday season in LA is getting to experience places like the arboretum in a different way. Throughout the year guests can enjoy the beauty of the arboretum in the daytime while Lightscape invites guests to enjoy fun and unique light installations bringing the garden to life in a unique way.
Guests can enjoy a variety of light installations throughout a one mile trail. There are benches at different points during the trail should you need to sit down and rest. As you first start your experience you’ll see a group of food trucks. This is the only place for meals. There are refreshment stands throughout the trail but they serve items like popcorn and hot chocolate. They even have a spot where you can roast s’mores.
This event is good for the whole family and is accessible for all visitors. It is dark in some areas, one of the displays wasn’t turned on when we were there making that part darker than usual. The music throughout the event ranges from holiday songs to everyday songs so while this event only takes place during the holidays it doesn’t feel like a typical holiday event. I think of this as a cool light and sound experience that just happens to take place during this time of year. That being said, you can see Santa here on select nights in December, but it is a completely different experience than walking or driving around a neighborhood looking at lights and decorations.
Even though it was my second year to attend Lightscape I was so excited for Elliott to experience this for the first time. I squealed with delight when I saw that the Winter Cathedral of Light was back and I could take photos with him there. This is one of the most popular photo ops and it is absolutely beautiful.
There were several installations that stood out to us. Some of our favorite new additions were Rainbow Road and Feasts of Lights. I especially love seeing the trees and plant life illuminated.
What to Know Before You Go
- Lightscape is not included with daytime admission to the LA Arboretum. This is a separate ticketed event.
- Purchase parking when you purchase your tickets. Parking is not available for purchase on site.
- Wear comfortable shoes
- This is a rain or shine event
You can purchase your tickets here.