Tucson Botanical Gardens will be illuminated with over one million lights for its annual holiday event, LightsUp!, Tuesday through Sunday until January 7th. Six areas of the gardens will be dedicated to this event, featuring luminaria chandeliers, lit animal props, punched tin stars, and a Christmas-themed soundtrack throughout the walk, which should take an estimated 45 minutes. Snacks and refreshments are available through the garden’s partnership with Edna’s Eatery. The event runs from 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.; ticket prices may vary depending on date and time.
Visitors can also admire the garden’s oversized catrinas in their Barrio Garden area. Created by notable artist Ricardo Soltero, the seven foot sculptures were set up for Dia de Muertos, but will remain until December 31st. Other exhibits currently showcased include the Enchanted Gardens statues by John Benedict, Alien Invasion of the Plant Kind, and Butterfly Magic, which will end on the last day of spring.
“The Tucson community and many corporate and individual sponsors wrapped their arms around us and embraced this new Tucson event. We are so thankful,” said Michelle Conklin, TBG Executive Director. “We hope LightsUp!, a multi-sensory experience in light, décor and sound design becomes a local holiday tradition for years to come.”
Tucson Botanical Gardens is included in the list of museums and other educational organizations available to students through a culture pass, which can be obtained through Pima college and county libraries.