All visitors who aren’t members must buy a general admission ticket.

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Enchanted FAQs

When will Enchanted light up the night?

Enchanted Forest of Light will return in November, 2024. The event is closed on Thanksgiving, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve), and Dec. 25 (Christmas Day).

Where is Descanso Gardens located?

Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011, near the intersection of the 210 and 2 freeways. We’re just a 20-minute drive from downtown Los Angeles.

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How much do tickets cost?

Enchanted ticket prices will be posted at a later date. Members receive a discount on each ticket.

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When and where can I get tickets?

Check back later in the year for information on how to purchase tickets.

Do Descanso Gardens members get free tickets to Enchanted?

We offer members a discount on Enchanted tickets, but Descanso members don’t get free tickets to Enchanted.

I’m a member of a reciprocal garden. Do I get a discount on tickets?

We don’t offer reciprocal garden discounts for Enchanted. Descanso Gardens members do receive a special discount on Enchanted tickets. If you’re not yet a member but (enchantingly) transform into a Descanso member, presto – you get the discount!

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How many tickets can I buy at a time?

You can buy up to six tickets per transaction.

What if I can’t use the ticket(s) I purchased?

Enchanted tickets are non-refundable. We’ll miss you if you can’t attend, but please consider your unused ticket purchase a donation to Descanso Gardens Foundation. We’re a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with Federal Tax ID 95-2511202.

Enchanted is a rain-or-shine event. Dress warmly and bring an umbrella if rain is expected!

Can I reschedule or get a refund on my ticket?

Enchanted tickets cannot be rescheduled or refunded.

If you’re unable to attend your initial date, please consider your ticket a donation to the Descanso Gardens Foundation. Enchanted is a rain or shine event so dress to impress the weather sprites and look forward to delightfully hot drinks.

Can I come with a group and get discount group tickets?

We don’t offer discount group ticket rates.

We do welcome buses and groups to Enchanted, but because of our limited parking, we ask that you visit on a non-peak night. You’ll need to phone us to reserve tickets for groups and parking for buses. 

Our staff can help you pick a date, purchase tickets, and answer any questions when you call 818.949.4200.

Does my Enchanted ticket include daytime admission to Descanso Gardens?

Your Enchanted ticket only covers admission to the evening event, which is presented after regular Descanso Gardens business hours. To visit Descanso Gardens during the daytime, you’ll need to purchase a separate admission ticket to the gardens, available in advance online or at the Visitor Center.

Are the gardens open in the daytime during Enchanted?

Yes, Descanso is open to daytime visitors during regular hours of operation, 9am to 5pm daily (closed Christmas). Keep in mind: Daytime admission is separate from ticketed entrance to Enchanted.

The gardens are still lovely by day even when the light installations are up. Would you believe us if we told you that forest fairies magically turn the installations invisible during daylight? OK, really it’s our Enchanted Forest of Light installation teams who work hard to make sure the light installations have a minimal impact on the overall beauty of the Gardens during the day.

How long is the walk through Enchanted and what’s the route like?

  • The event route is about 1 mile long and takes most visitors about one hour to complete. Plan to spend about 90 minutes to fully experience Enchanted. 
  • While it’s a relatively easy walk, we do recommend comfy, stable shoes.
  • The route is accessible for strollers, wheelchairs, and mobility assistance devices. 
  • Enchanted pathways have plenty of well-lit signage, plus friendly staff if you need assistance or directions.

Is there any other practical or experiential info I should know?

  • It gets chilly here at night! We highly recommend a coat and even a scarf, hat, and gloves. 
  • Enchanted Descanso by night doesn’t look like Descanso by day. Familiar places are transformed by the installations in fun and surprising ways.
  • There is an ambient musical soundscape throughout the experience.
  • There are some flashing lights in the installations.
  • Some of the installations are interactive. Some installations cycle through changes in color or sound over a short span of time, so we recommend lingering a bit.
  • Refreshments, including hot drinks and yummy treats, are available for purchase.
  • Our gift shop (The Store) will be open and has a wonderful selection of holiday and plant-themed crafts and goods.
  • Restrooms will be open.
  • If you need help with anything, ask our friendly Guest Services staff.

Where do I park for Enchanted Forest of Light?

Descanso’s FREE parking is one of our magical powers. When you arrive, parking attendants will direct you to the Descanso lots. Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Will there be food at Enchanted? Can I bring my own food to the Gardens?

Festive snacks and drinks are available for purchase at the Gardens during the event. Descanso doesn’t allow outside food in the gardens.

Will The Store be open during Enchanted Forest of Light?

Yes! The Store will be open during the event so you can explore our variety of unique and seasonal goods for gardeners, nature lovers, and more — marvelous for gifting or getting!

Can I take pictures? Can I use selfie sticks?

Yes, you may take pictures. Visitors may also use monopods or selfie sticks with care. Tripods and drones are prohibited.

Can I bring my dog or cat or pet dragon to Enchanted?

Descanso Gardens doesn’t allow any animals or pets (or pet dragons). We don’t allow emotional support animals.

The only animals Descanso permits are ADA-designated service animals. Please see our accessibility guidelines for details.

How will the Enchanted event affect the wildlife at Descanso Gardens?

Great question. Animal welfare was one of our top priorities while designing this event. With wildlife needs in mind, we chose particular areas of the Gardens and have limited the Enchanted installations to locations that are already frequently used for evening events. The light displays contained within the 1-mile route are designed so that they don’t bleed into areas of the gardens where disruption to wildlife habitats is a concern.

Could Enchanted be canceled due to bad weather?

The Enchanted event will happen rain or shine. Dress code: Comfy shoes and warm layers. Remember to bring your magic umbrella to ward off any rain.

Can groups come to Enchanted? Buses?

We do welcome buses and groups to Enchanted, but because of our limited parking, we ask that you visit on a non-peak night. You’ll need to phone us to reserve tickets for groups and parking for buses. 

Our staff can help you pick a date, purchase tickets, and answer any questions when you call 818.949.4200.