Plan Your Enchanted Evening

Arriving and Parking

Parking is available free of charge in our parking lot. When you arrive, follow the instructions from the parking attendants. On some evenings, you may be directed to park on the street. Please be respectful of our neighbors! We recommend carpooling with your party, as parking is limited.

Your ticket is for a specific date and time. If you arrive before your ticketed time you can enjoy food and drinks in the Courtyard but you will be asked to wait prior to entering the Enchanted experience.

What to Wear

The temperature can drop dramatically in the evening here at Descanso Gardens, even if it feels warmer in other parts of the Greater Los Angeles area. We recommend consulting your favorite weather app prior to leaving home, and dressing in warm layers if weather-appropriate. Enchanted is a one-mile, nighttime walk. Comfortable shoes are recommended.


Descanso welcomes amateur photographers to capture the Enchanted experience; however, posed photography (such as wedding or engagement shoots, family photos, etc.) is not allowed during the event. Tripods may NOT be brought into the Gardens during Enchanted. Monopods are allowed, as are selfie-sticks, if used with care.

We can’t wait to see your social media posts! Tag your Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook posts with #EnchantedLA

The Experience

The Walk

Enchanted is a one-mile, nighttime walk through distinct lighting displays. Some of the displays are interactive and invite participation, while some are merely there to be observed and enjoyed. Please allow at least 45 minutes to walk through the experience, and longer if you want to grab a bite to eat at one of two lounge areas. On average, we expect most people to enjoy Enchanted for an hour and a half.

The Food

Food and beverage options abound at Enchanted! In the Courtyard a variety of fast, casual and grab-and-go food will be available, as well as a bar. Café Descanso will offer soups and other comfort food. To dine at our restaurant, Maple, you can book an Enchanted: Forest of Light ticket with a Maple reservationOutside food is not allowed. The picnic area is closed during evening hours.

The Shopping

Any visit to Descanso isn’t complete without a stop in the gift shop, and Enchanted is no exception! Celebrate with Enchanted souvenir offerings and fun light-themed gifts, or do a little holiday shopping. The Gift Shop offers a selection of items for gardeners and nature lovers, year-round.

Safety and Accessibility

For your safety, please stay on the illuminated paths. For guests needing assistance: we have a limited number of wheelchairs available for use on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Visitor Center.