A short trip to Phoenix was extended by one day in order to experience the annual Noches de Luminaria at the Desert Botanical Gardens on eh first public night of this year. The $25 ticket was worth every cent. Thousands of lumenaria, (with real candles) line the walkways of the gardens. Clear lights on various plants add to the effect.,
In addition to the visuals, there were eleven spots with musical groups offering various genre of music. These included blues, flamenco guitar, world music, handbells, steel drums, native American flute with a story teller, and more.
The gardens close early on lumenaria days and reopen at 5:30 for these special nights in December. The closing time is 9:30. About a week earlier there are special member nights.
Wile at the gardens I ate the very adequate buffet which is available for $17.50 and in which includes beverage and dessert.
Tickets for both admission and the buffet can be pre-ordered in online with no added charge.
Having experienced the gardens during the day, this experience was very different, but as was the daytime visit, was most rewarding.
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