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Enchanted: Forest of Light

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    Photograph: Michael Juliano
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Time Out says

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

Each year, 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.

The 2022 edition looks largely identical to last year’s event. Sculptor Tom Fruin’s kaleidoscopic stained-glass–inspired house has again multiplied into an entire village of structures in the rose garden, though this time with even more little houses that you can walk inside of. HYBYCOZO’s light-and-shadow–generating polyhedrons again occupy the main lawn (including one you can pose inside of), though we did miss the spinnable, dizzying kaleidoscopic pendants. That means the serpentine Candyland-like path that was once there is seemingly absent for good (though the color-changing oak grove should still statisfy all of your stomping-on-lights needs).

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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