Garden of d’Lights

An illuminary experience to glow your mind



Experience the Ruth Bancroft Garden’s cacti and succulent collection in a whole new way at this year’s Garden of d’Lights.  Using specially programmed lasers, spot and LED lights, the illuminated Garden comes alive at night, creating magical colorful sculptures from its many cacti, succulents, and trees.  Discover our unique lighting installations as you follow a meandering path through the garden.

A must see this holiday season!

Garden of d’Lights is part of a continuing series of special events welcoming the public to the Garden and our newly-completed Coit Family Visitor and Education Center.


Weekend evenings (Fri/Sat/Sun) from November 30th – December 29th

– Show Session I:  5:30pm – 7:00pm  – (gates open at 5pm)

– Show Session II: 6:30pm – 8pm  – added due to popular demand!

– Show Session III: 7:30pm – 9pm

Ticket is valid for a single session only.  


Adult Ticket: (age 16 and up) $25
Child Ticket: (ages 4-15) $15
Children 3 and under are free.

Private Party Rentals:
During the Garden of d’Lights, our new Coit Family Visitor and Education Center will also be available for company parties and other private event rentals. Contact Lucy Kim, our Private Event Rentals Manager for more information.

Thanks to our sponsors and volunteers!

Note: This event is not recommended for people with photosensitive epilepsy or sensitivity to flashing lights.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Special Note: This event is not recommended for people with photosensitive epilepsy or sensitivity to flashing lights.

Age and ticket purchase restrictions.

Each child must be accompanied by an adult – One adult ticket per child ticket.
While this event is open to adults and children of all ages, we want to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience. This is a nighttime event and due to the potential danger of accidental contact with the Garden’s many cacti and other spiny plants, close adult supervision of children is necessary. Therefore each child must be accompanied by an adult.

What’s the refund policy?
ALL SALES ARE FINAL. This event will take place rain or shine. There are no ticket cancellations, refunds or exchanges for other garden events. In the event of extreme weather or other unforseen circumstances, the Garden, at its discretion, reserves the right to cancel that evening’s events. In the event of a cancellation, ticket holders will receive a Garden gift certificate of equal value to your ticket or tickets purchased. Gift certificates will be issued upon presentation of your ticket(s) and printed reservations at the Garden’s Admissions Kiosk before January 31, 2020. All proceeds benefit the Ruth Bancroft Garden.

Date Changes: Should you need to change the date/time of your tickets, we have made it possible for you to “transfer” your tickets to a new date up to 24hours before the event as long as there are tickets available for the date desired.  You will need to log back into your Eventbrite account and use the “Transfer” option in order to select the new date and show time. There is a $1.50 per ticket fee for each event date/session time transfer.

Can I purchase tickets at the door?
Yes, you may purchase tickets at the door however there are a limited number of tickets available and we might sell out for your desired date and time. We we recommend you purchase tickets in advance to guarantee your spot.

Can I use Garden Guest Passes for this Event?
No, guest passes may not be used as entry tickets for this event.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
All parking must be in the Garden’s parking lot. Absolutely no street parking. Please try to carpool or use rideshare services like UBER or Lyft.

Do you have group tickets available?
For groups of 16 or more adults please call the Garden at 925-433-5311 or email lights@ruthbancroftgarden.org. Groups will be required to carpool given the Garden’s limited parking lot capacity.

What can I bring into the event?
We recommend you dress warmly and bring your camera as there will be lots of great photo opportunities.

Is the Garden handicapped accessible?
Yes, the Garden is handicapped accessible, but the pathways are gravel, not paved.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
You may bring either your printed ticket OR have the email with the scannable ticket code showing on your phone. Tickets will be scanned at the entrance to the event. Tickets are only valid for a single entry.

Where can I learn more about the Garden of d’Lights?
On our website: www.ruthbancroftgarden.org/lights2019

Where can I learn more about the Ruth Bancroft Garden?

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
For questions email: lights@ruthbancroftgarden.org or leave a message at 925-433-5311 and your call will be returned promptly.

Here’s a preview of what’s in store for you at the Garden of d’Lights.

Photos by Kelley Lotosky of Let’s Spread Beauty

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