Garden of d’Lights
An illuminary experience to glow your mind

Closed for the 2020 holiday season.
Mark your calendars for Garden of d’Lights will be back in 2021!

Experience the Ruth Bancroft Garden in a whole new way at this year’s Garden of d’Lights.  With more lights and more lasers, this year’s Garden of d’Lights is set to be better than ever.  Guests of all ages are in for a holiday treat as they meander through the Garden’s 3.5 acres of mature cacti, succulents and trees that are transformed into  magical colorful botanical sculptures by thousands of lights.


As a wholly outdoor botanical garden and nursery, we are able to remain open under the current State and County Covid-19 shelter-in-place guidelines. Should the situation change, Garden of d’Lights ticket holders will be contacted via email or check our homepage for updates. A reminder that Garden of d’Lights is a rain or shine event.
(updated as of 12/31/2020)

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Timed Ticket Admissions by Advanced Reservation Only

Nov. 20 – Jan 3: Friday/Saturday/Sunday Evenings –

  • Admission Group 1: Enter from 5:30pm – 6:00pm
  • Admission Group 2: Enter from 6:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Admission Group 3: Enter from 7:30pm – 8pm

Jan. 5 – Jan 17: Tuesdays – Sundays at 5:30pm only.

Due to Covid-19 and the need for social distancing, tickets must be purchased in advance and there will be timed ticket entry.  Capacity is being restricted to 120 per entry group time.  Guests are requested to arrive within the 30 minute entry window.  We anticipate guests will spend 1-1.5 hrs to stroll through the light display.  Masks will be required of all guests ages 3 and older. The event is entirely outdoors and guests stroll through the 3 acre Garden at their own pace.  There is no “show” component in the sense where attendees would congregate together in a group beyond themselves for any length of time.  No food or beverages will be allowed in the Garden during this event.


Ticket Prices

Garden Members

 – Adult:  $16 (age 16 and up)
 – Child: $8 (ages 6-15)
 – Children 5 and under are free.



 – Adult:  $20 (age 16 and up)
 – Child: $10 (ages 6-15)
 – Children 5 and under are free.

Buy Tickets

Members will be asked to show a valid membership card when checking in.
Ticket is valid for a single session only.
RBG Guest passes not valid for admission to this special event.
AHS Reciprocal Garden Membership is not valid towards member discounted tickets.
Note: This event is not recommended for people with photosensitive epilepsy or sensitivity to flashing lights.

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.

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.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.
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, adult supervision of children is necessary.

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 unforeseen 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 March 1, 2021. All proceeds benefit the Ruth Bancroft Garden.

Can I purchase tickets at the door?
No.  All tickets must be purchased in advance due to the need for capacity restrictions to allow for social distancing in the Garden.  Capacity for each entrance time is limited to 120 guests.

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?
We are not offering discounted group tickets for this event.

Does my AHS Reciprocal Garden Membership qualify me for discounted member tickets to this event? 
No.  Only valid Ruth Bancroft Garden Membership qualifies for the purchase of discounted tickets. Guests purchasing discounted tickets will be asked to show their membership card at checkin.

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.

Can I bring food or beverages?
No food or beverages are allowed into the Garden during this event.

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 of your ticket order receipt showing on your phone.  Tickets are only valid for a single entry. Those purchasing Member discounted tickets will be asked to show a valid RBG membership card at check in.

Where can I learn more about the Garden of d’Lights?
On our website: www.ruthbancroftgarden.org/lights2020

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

Images from our 2019 Garden of d’Lights.

Photos by Kelley Lotosky of Let’s Spread Beauty

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