Enchanted: Forest of Light

Things to do, Festivals
5 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
Enchanted: Forest of Light
Photograph: Michael Juliano

Descanso Gardens’ light-up experience has ditched the kitsch in favor of a whimsical, wondrous, curiosity-driven display that’s among L.A.’s most stunning and, more importantly, most fun. The interactive, nighttime program has set up 10 illuminated installations around the botanical garden grounds, from luminescent forests to free-standing hands-on art pieces. Find out more about it in our preview of what’s new at this year’s Enchanted: Forest of Light.

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This exhibit was far beyond what I expected it to be - in a good way. I felt like a little kid wandering around the space, watching beautiful tulip gardens light up in a rainbow of colors and trees twinkle like a million fairies were living in their branches. It's definitely worth a visit, whether or not you have little ones in tow. 


Overall, a fun night when you need a change of pace from going out and painting the town. Each exhibit has a theme, and the gardens are set up to take you on a journey through these themed areas. Some are better than others with my personal favorite being flower power: tons of lit up tulips (they're fake *no nature was harmed in the making of this attraction) that change colors and create patterns along to bells and music. All of them have something unique to the species there or style of garden though. The crowd is mostly couples and some families, but don't let that deter you. It's certainly something I'd recommend checking out, especially with tons of discount codes floating around.


A Christmas lights display without much Christmas—it's a crazy idea but boy does it work wonders here. Enchanted is one of the coolest holiday light attractions in L.A., and maybe one of the best interactive experiences period. Wandering the gardens feels magical, with a sense of curiosity and adventure awaiting at every station. I particularly loved the interactive spotlights and the fern lights. Also, I wish I could give this an extra star just for its well-lit, easily legible wayfinding signs.