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Luminaria Nights

December 1 @ 5:30 pm - December 10 @ 8:30 pm

December 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 8th, 9th, 10th        5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Purchase online before November 24th and take a dollar off admission!

$13 $12 Adults, $7.50 $6.50 Children

$10 $9 TBG Members, $4 $3 Member Children

This offer is only valid for online purchases. Purchase tickets below!

Join us in celebrating the 31st annual Luminaria Nights at Tucson Botanical Gardens!  2,000 candlelit luminarias and a special holiday light show will transform the Gardens into a winter wonderland with fun for the whole family.

One of our most popular events of the year is a Tucson tradition for friends and family. In addition, you can see our newest exhibit Origami in the Garden2 and see the botanical illustrations of Manabu Saito in the Porter Hall Gallery.

There will be different performances every night featuring local musicians, dancers and school groups.  Food and drinks in flavors that reflect the season will be available from our very own Cafe Botanica and a round-up of some of Tucson’s favorite Food Trucks!

Just Announced!

We have partnered with the Tucson Folklife Alliance to bring a display of Korean Jinju lanterns for this year’s Luminaria Nights! The large paper and silk lanterns will be on display during each of the evenings and range in size from a few feet to well over 8 feet tall. The lanterns compliment our theme of historical and cultural paper art throughout the gardens, including our main exhibit Origami in the Garden2.


Entertainment Schedule:

Friday Dec. 1 Saturday Dec. 2 Sunday Dec. 3
Tucson High Magnet School Choirs Tucson Flute Club Moonshine
Tucson Women’s Chorus Catalina Foothills Choir Christ Community Festival Choir & Desert Christian Handbells
Musette Magic Voice Studio Roxanna Baker
David Hernandez Accordion Duo Sonora Winds Bright & Morning Star Choir
Crowded Quartet Luminaria Recorder Consort Palladio String Quartet
NoethenButJazz Quartet Havin’ a Blast
Tucson High
Friday Dec. 8 Saturday Dec. 9 Sunday Dec. 10
Desert Melodies Klezmerkaba Desert Bluegrass Association
St. Michael’s School Chorus Maguire Academy of Irish Dance Desert Spirit Flute Circles
Tucson Girls Chorus The Buzzkills Tucson High
Cross Middle School Jazz Combo Young MacDonald Casto Kids
Tucson High Mzekala and Friends Havin’ a Blast
Tucson High Rezonators Brass Band Catalina Foothills Flute and Clarinet Choirs
Tanque Verde High School Jazz Band

Parking and Directions:

During Luminaria Nights, the Tucson Botanical Gardens parking lot will only be available for passenger drop-off and Handicapped Parking.

Parking will be available at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1825 N Alvernon Way (click for Google map). Complementary shuttle service to and from Tucson Botanical Gardens provided by HOPE Incorporated, Tucson. Tickets are good for any night of the event.

Please Be Aware:

If inclement weather causes us to close for one of the nights, your tickets are good for any other nights during the 6 night engagement. The engagement will only be during those 6 evenings and there will be no refunds.

Luminaria Nights Tickets 2017

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    By purchasing your tickets online by November 24th you receive $1 off each ticket. The amounts shown reflect the discounted price. After November 24th advance ticket sales will be available online until Dec. 1st at full price. After Dec 1st, ticket sales will only be available in the Gardens Gift Shop at full price.
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December 1 @ 5:30 pm
December 10 @ 8:30 pm