Annual December exhibit at Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden
Last week, I blogged about Chihuly in the Garden Exhibit at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden. This week I returned to the Garden in the evening for Las Noches de las Luminarias, an annual exhibition during the month of December.
The garden paths are lit with more than 8,000 Luminarias bags. A luminaria is a traditional Mexican Christmas lantern, originally consisting of candles set in sand inside a paper bag. The bags at the Garden are not paper, but retain the look of a paper bag. The candles are all hand lit. The evening includes entertainment and refreshments.
The Garden has a number of terraces and sitting areas, where you’ll find the entertainers. You can sit on the chairs in the area and listen to the music, perhaps sipping a drink you purchased at one of the bars set up in each area, or wander through the park, listening to bits of music as you stroll. I heard a Mariachi band, guitar and violin world music, Apache story telling, and Christmas carollers.
Have you been to Las Noches de las Luminarias? Have you seen the Chihuly Exhibit? Do you like the sculptures better in the daytime or in the evening?
Note:Las Noches de las Luminarias is an annual event. The garden is filled with luminarias and entertainers. Refreshments are for sale. However, the Chihuly in the Garden exhibit was a temporary exhibit in the winter of 2013-2014.