Enchanted: Forest of Light FAQs

  1. What are the days and hours of operation of Enchanted: Forest of Light?
  2. Where is Descanso Gardens located?
  3. How much are tickets?
  4. When are tickets available?
  5. How do I get tickets?
  6. As a Descanso Gardens member, do I receive a discount on tickets?
  7. As a Descanso Gardens member, do I receive free tickets?
  8. I am a member of a reciprocal garden. Do I get the member discount?
  9. What if I can’t use my ticket?
  10. Can I reschedule my ticket?
  11. Can I buy tickets for a group?
  12. Does my ticket include daytime admission to Descanso Gardens?
  13. How long is the walk through Enchanted: Forest of Light?
  14. Where do I park for Enchanted: Forest of Light?
  15. Is Descanso Gardens open in the daytime during Enchanted: Forest of Light?
  16. Is food available? May I bring food from outside?
  17. Will the Descanso Gardens Gift Shop be open during Enchanted: Forest of Light?
  18. Can I take pictures? What about selfie-sticks?
  19. May I bring a pet to Enchanted: Forest of Light?
  20. How will this event affect the wildlife at Descanso Gardens?
  21. Can I book a special event at Descanso Gardens during Enchanted: Forest of Light?
  22. I am a member of the media. Whom do I contact for press inquiries?

 

What are the days and hours of operation of Enchanted: Forest of Light?

Enchanted: Forest of Light runs daily from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. starting Sunday, Nov. 19 and ending Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. The event is closed on Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving), Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, 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. It is a 20-minute drive from downtown Los Angeles. Click here for driving directions.

 

How much are tickets?

General admission tickets for adults, children (2–18), and seniors are $28–$30 depending on the date and time selected. Children under 2 enter free, but still require a ticket. Descanso Gardens members receive a $5 discount per ticket. (Become a member by clicking here.) You can find out about pricing for dinner at Maple, our restaurant, dinner with Santa and the Enchanted Preview Party at enchantedla.com.

 

When are tickets available?

Tickets are available for Descanso members on Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. at enchantedLA.com. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. at enchantedLA.com.

 

How do I get tickets?

Tickets can be purchased at enchantedLA.com. Each person, even under the age of 2, require and timed-entry ticket. Tickets are also available in person at the Descanso Gardens Visitor Center at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge. The Visitor Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

As a Descanso Gardens member, do I receive a discount on tickets?

Yes, Descanso Gardens members receive more than 15% off ticket prices. Member tickets for Enchanted: Forest of Light are $23–$25 depending on the date and time selected. Only current members will receive the special offers. Join or renew here. Members will also be able to purchase tickets starting Oct. 2, before they are offered to the general public.

 

As a Descanso Gardens member, do I receive free tickets?

No, Enchanted: Forest of Light is a special ticketed event that is not part of your membership benefit. As a Descanso member, you may receive a discount on tickets. The Enchanted: Forest of Light member presale begins Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. at enchantedLA.com.

 

I am a member of a reciprocal garden. Do I get the member discount?

No, only Descanso Gardens members receive the special discount.

 

What if I can’t use my ticket?

Tickets and Descanso Gardens memberships are not refundable. In the event you are unable to use your ticket, please consider your purchase a donation to Descanso Gardens Guild, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Federal Tax ID 95-2511202. Enchanted is a rain or shine event. Dress warmly and bring an umbrella!

 

Can I reschedule my ticket?

Descanso Gardens members receive one-time complimentary ticket rescheduling, limited to availability of an alternate date and time. All rescheduling requests must be made more than 48 hours prior to your ticketed date/time. If an alternate ticket time is not available, we may not be able to honor your request. Please note that rescheduling requests due to weather cannot be accommodated; Enchanted is a rain or shine event (dress appropriately and bring an umbrella if necessary!). There is a $4.95 rescheduling fee per order for non-members, subject to the same restrictions above. Please note that depending on the date selected, the price of your rescheduled ticket may increase or decrease. To reschedule call (818) 949-4200.

 

Can I buy tickets for a group?

Groups of 25 people or more must arrange their Enchanted visit with the group tours coordinator, (818) 949-4202 or grouptours@descansogardens.org. Group pricing is not available online. To learn more, click here.

 

Does my ticket include daytime admission to Descanso Gardens?

No, the ticket covers admission only to Enchanted: Forest of Light, which is presented after regular business hours. If you wish to visit Descanso Gardens during the daytime, you must purchase a separate ticket, which is available at the Visitor Center. The last daytime admission to Descanso Gardens is 4:30 p.m.

 

How long is the walk through Enchanted: Forest of Light?

The event route is about 1 mile long, and takes most visitors about one hour to complete. We recommend allowing one and a half hours to experience Enchanted. It is accessible for strollers, wheelchairs and mobility assistance devices. Evenings in La Cañada Flintridge can be chilly so please dress warmly. Participants are encouraged to wear walking shoes.

 

Where do I park for Enchanted: Forest of Light?

Parking attendants will direct you to parking in the Descanso lots. Parking is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Is Descanso Gardens open in the daytime during Enchanted: Forest of Light?

Yes, Descanso is open to daytime visitors during its regular hours of operation, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Christmas). Last daytime admission to Descanso Gardens is 4 p.m. The light installations have a minimal impact on the overall beauty of the Gardens.

 

Is food available? May I bring food from outside?

A number of food and beverage options are available both before, during and after the Enchanted experience:

  • Maple: The restaurant at Descanso Gardens, will be open for dinner exclusively for Enchanted: Forest of Light ticket holders. To make a reservation for parties of 8 or fewer, use the special “Enchanted Tickets + Maple Dinner Reservation” ticketing link to purchase tickets. For parties over 9, please call (818) 949-4200 to make a dinner reservation.
  • Dining for large groups: Special dining options are available for parties of 13 or more during Enchanted. Enchanted ticket purchase required. To find out more, please call (213) 800-3202.
  • Dinner with Santa: Dinner with Santa tickets are available on the following dates: Dec. 8, 9, 15 and16.  
  • Concessions: A variety of fast, casual and grab-n-go food and beverage options are available in the courtyard and within the Enchanted experience.
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Outside food is not allowed. The picnic area is closed during evening hours.

 

Will the Descanso Gardens Gift Shop be open during Enchanted: Forest of Light?

Yes! Our Gift Shop will be open during the event. Check out our variety of unique and seasonal merchandise for gardeners, nature lovers and more – perfect for gifting or getting!

 

Can I take pictures? What about selfie-sticks?

Yes, you may take pictures. Visitors may also use monopods or selfie-sticks with care. Tripods are not allowed.

 

May I bring a pet to Enchanted: Forest of Light?

No. Descanso Gardens does not allow animals, except for ADA-designated service animals. 

 

How will this event affect the wildlife at Descanso Gardens?

Animal welfare was one of our top priorities while designing this event. We specifically chose areas of the Gardens with wildlife concerns in mind, limiting the walk to areas that are already well-used for evening events. The light displays contained within the 1-mile route are designed not to bleed into areas of the Gardens where disruption to wildlife habitats is a concern.

 

Can I book a special event at Descanso Gardens during Enchanted: Forest of Light?

Group experience packages, which include dinner and tickets to Enchanted: Forest of Light, are available for parties of 20 or more through our exclusive catering partner, Patina Restaurant Group. For more information, please call (213) 800-3202. For group reservations of 9-20 at Maple Restaurant, please call (213) 800-3202.

 

I am a member of the media. Whom do I contact for press inquiries?

For press inquiries, please see our press pass policy here.