Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden luminarias 2020 tickets on sale now


The holidays might look different this year due to COVID-19, but Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix is keeping a Southwest tradition alive.

Las Noches de las Luminarias will take place on select nights in November and December, lighting up the night amid the garden’s 50,000 desert plants. Eight thousand luminarias and rows of twinkling lights will illuminate the plant collection and trails through New Year’s Eve.

Garden members can buy tickets now. Sales open to the general public beginning Monday, Oct. 19. Admission will be limited and reservations are required. You can reserve your dates at

What’s new this year

For the first time, there will be a “silent night” for “self-reflection and rejuvenation” that coincides with the winter solstice on Dec. 21.

While past years have featured live entertainment such as storytelling, stargazing, mariachi bands and handbell choirs, most dates this year will only have “prerecorded  sounds of the holiday season and Southwest due to capacity restrictions of venues and trails.”

There will be a limited amount of live music during the member weekend, Dec. 4-6.

A touchless photo booth will be available for visitors who want to commemorate the evening by taking photos, GIFs and Boomerang videos.

COVID-19 safety at the garden

Tickets must be reserved online or by phone ahead of time; they will not be available for purchase at the gate.

All Desert Botanical Garden staff will be wearing face coverings, and all visitors ages 6 and older are asked to wear them as well while maintaining 6 feet of distance from other groups.

As a precaution, some experiences will remain closed at the garden, including select trails, Gertrude’s Restaurant, the Cocoon, the Cactus Clubhouse and the Ottosen Gallery.

Las Noches de las Luminarias

When: 5:30-10:30 p.m. Nov. 27-28 and Dec. 4-6, 11-13, 17-23 and 26-31.

Where:1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix.

Admission: From $29.95, $10.95 for ages 3-17. Reservations required.

Details: 480-941-1225,

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Desert Botanical Garden 2020 fall plant sale: Reservations required


In the market for a new cactus to spruce up your yard? The fall plant sale at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix has what you are looking for and then some.  

The 2020 fall plant sale will be a bit different than in the past due to COVID-19 restrictions, but there is still ample opportunity to purchase cactuses, succulents and other plants.

The sale will be open for three weekends in October and garden members get first crack. The sale opens on Oct. 16 for members and Oct. 17 for the general public.  New this year: Reservations are required. Book yours at

What kinds of plants will be available? 

The plant sale is divided up into sections including cactus, agave, shrubs, butterfly plants and trees. 

Tina Wilson, the garden’s director of horticulture, said in an email that they have “a lot of new aloes this year to check out, along with an assortment of cactus and succulent collectibles.”

She said the sale will have plants that people are looking to replace after a hot, dry summer. The sale will be restocked throughout the week.

As for cost, it ranges. Wilson said potted plants are generally $5 to $150, but some special boxed specimens can go for up to $800. 

How has the plant sale been modified for COVID-19?

Reservations and timed entry is intended to help reduce crowding at the plant sale. The following safety measures have been implemented:

  • Face coverings are required for anyone 6 or older.
  • No cash transactions. All major credit cards are accepted.
  • Sanitized shopping carts are available.
  • Guests must maintain 6 feet of distance. 
  • Curbside pickup and plant delivery are available.

Desert Botanical Garden fall plant sale

Where: 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix.

When: 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Members only on Oct. 16, 23 and 30. Open to the public on Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and Nov. 1.

Details: Make reservations at

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