Visiting the Enchanted: Forest of Light in Los Angeles

One of our favorite things to do for the holidays is getting tickets to Descanso Garden’s Enchanted: Forest of Light. From November to January, Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge transforms their park into a beautiful light show of color.  The awe-inspiring atmosphere is the result of blending nature with special effect lighting.  The blend delivers an experience, unlike anything we’ve seen before.  The Enchanted: Forest of Light is an event that shouldn’t be missed.

What To Expect

While it may feel like you’re in a magical Forest, you’re never far from a warm cup of hot chocolate.  The kid-friendly path is only about a mile long with plenty of stops to enjoy the light displays.  By no means is the Forest of Light some trek into the wilderness.   While it does get a little chilly, the only extra thing you might need is a jacket.

An Amazing Place For Photos

There are great opportunities to take photos throughout the Forest of light.   If you’re comfortable with low light photography, it’s an artistic playground. Descanso Gardens doesn’t allow tripods, but you are allowed to bring in monopods and/or selfie sticks.

Trang and I shoot video, and were able to get some great shots using our Manfrotto monopod.  Although, I do feel like that monopod is a cheat because the legs on the bottom allow us to use it as a tripod at times.

Event Info For Enchanted: Forest Of Light


Tickets are time specific and have to be bought beforehand.  The prices range from $28 to 30 dollars, with children under 2 being free.  You can find more ticket information on their website which is linked below.


1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

Hours and blackouts days

Open daily: Nov. 19th – Jan. 7th
Closed at: Nov. 23rd, Nov. 27th, Dec. 4th, Dec. 11th, Dec. 24th, Dec. 25th

Hours of operation: 5:30 – 10 p.m.

Make The Most Of Your Day

There are a handful of really great attractions nearby as well.  If you aren’t from the area, I would suggest making the most out of your trip and visit other places like the Norton Simon Museum, or LA Zoo.  Afterward, you could do some shopping and get some dinner in Old town Pasadena before you end the night walking through the beautiful Forest of Light.

Get Tickets Today

What we love about the Enchanted: Forest of light is the atmosphere.  It’s a unique event that can be enjoyed by everyone, young and old.  Even as an adult you get a wonderful sense of awe viewing the light displays.  Hats off to everyone at Descanso Garden for creating the Enchanted: Forest of Light experience.  It indeed is a highlight for us during the holiday season.  For more information about the Enchanted: Forest of light be sure to check out their main website at the link below.


If your interested in other things to do in southern California for the holiday season check out our recent post about the Festival of lights. There you can check out one of the most prominent public lights displays in the United States.  You can read the post here.

Thanks for visiting.  Please leave a comment below if you have any questions or thoughts about the Enchanted: Forest of light.  Take care and Happy Holidays.

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I’m from So Cal and I have never heard of this! It looks incredible!

I thought the exact same thing after we visited. It really is incredible. Can’t recommend in enough.

These have become increasingly popular in the UK but not to this scale! That is amazing!

This sounds like so much fun and amazing!!

I am so happy to have found this. I am traveling to LA next week and I’d love to check this out!

Wow, that looks so festive and beautiful They have a similar thing every year at the National Zoo in Washington D.C. that I’ve been to a couple times. If you ever find your way on this side of the country around Christmas you should check it out.

My daughter loves animals, If we’re ever out there for the holidays i’ll be sure to look it up. Thanks Jeff.

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