Enjoy These Pics from Our Preview of Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

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This past Monday evening Christina and I had the chance to check out the brand new seasonal showcase at Descanso Gardens and it did not disappoint.

Enchanted: Forest of Light offers 10 unique installations that highlight different aspects of the gardens, from a Lightwave Lake to a field of flowering lights to (my  personal favorite) the ‘Symphony of Oaks.’


The light forest opens to the public starting this Friday, Nov. 22  and will run nightly starting at 5 p.m. through Jan. 8 (with advanced reservations required). By way of preview I’ve complied a selection of photos from our walk to help you get an idea of what a visit might entail.

I’ve also included some information on reservations, tickets and pricing at the conclusion of the post if you are interested in checking it out for yourself.

In the mean time, enjoy!

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Enchanted Forest of Light Descanso Gardens
First approaching the forest entrance. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.
Enchanted Forest of Light Sign
The Enchanted Forest entrance up close. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.
Flower Power Enchanted Forest of Light
“Flower Power” was the first installation we saw as we began our walk. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.
Rainbow Sycamores
Next up: Rainbow Syacammores. Put on a hand on one of these light stones and a different tree lights up above. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.
Sparkling Walkway
A sparkling walkway lead to our next stop. Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.
Lightwave Lake
A Lightwave Lake. Eerie and beautiful. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.
Symphony of Oaks
The “Symphony of Oaks” combines sound and light to highlight these spectacular beauties. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.
Fantasy Forest
The Fantasy Forest really does make you feel like you’re in another dimension. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.
Luminous Lawn
A luminous lawn makes for a fun game of hop-scotch. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.
Gardens of Good Fortune
The Gardens of Good Fortune are illuminated by these oversized lanterns. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Overall, the walk will take you about an hour to complete if you’re going at a consistent pace. If you linger in any one area for more than 10-15 minutes, then maybe a bit longer. If you walk briskly and with purpose, perhaps closer to 45 minutes.

The forest will be open every night from Nov. 25, 2016 through Jan. 8. 2017, with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Prices for the Enchanted: Forest of Light start at $28 for adults, $24 for seniors and children 3-17, and free for kids two and under. Admission is based on timed reservations which you need to make in advance. Reservation times start at 5 p.m. and run in half hour blocks until the gardens close for the night (they’ll stay open a bit longer on weekends).

Whatever time you choose to go make sure to dress warmly. We toured from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. and by the end of the walk it was definitely chilly, so be advised!

For tickets and more information visit Descanso Gardens official website.


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