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Enchanted: Forest of Light

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Time Out Says

Discovery and wonder have once again inhabited the illuminated installations in Descanso Gardens’ holiday tradition.

After having to cancel the 2020 edition, Enchanted: Forest of Light is back from November 21, 2021 through January 9, 2022. The botanical garden’s nighttime experience masterfully mixes hands-on art installations with atmospheric, luminescent forests, all against a background of uplit trees and shimmery sound effects.

For the 2021 edition, sculptor Tom Fruin’s kaleidoscopic stained-glass–inspired house has now multiplied into an entire village of structures, including one that you can walk through, in the rose garden. HYBYCOZO’s dizzying kaleidoscopic pendants have jumped over to the main lawn alongside stationary polyhedrons, including one you can pose inside of. That does mean, however, that the serpentine Candyland-like path that used to be there is gone (the color-changing oak grove should still statisfy all of your stomping-on-lights needs, though).

Elsewhere, Enchanted (delightedly) looks much like it has in the past: a field of faux tulips ripples with waves of twinkling color changes while the mist-filled “Ancient Forest” still beckons visitors with its straight-out-of-E.T. setting. You can still tap the “Rainbow Sycamore” columns, and the event is just as intuitively immersive as ever. And, true to its botanical garden location, most of the installations highlight the natural beauty of Descanso’s flora—with a refinement that sets it apart from the other botanical garden light shows that’ve sprouted up in recent years.

You’ll want to wear comfy shoes as it’s about a mile walk around “Enchanted.” The route is clearly marked and the grounds are mostly level, though some of the paths can get a little spongey if it’s rained recently. Make sure you bundle up before you go; average lows in La Cañada Flintridge this time of year can hover around the mid 40s and you’ll need at least an hour to explore all “Enchanted” has to offer.

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