The holiday season at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas is off to a bright start.
Lightscape — an illuminated 1-mile trail featuring 1 million lights — debuts tonight, glimmering at the garden on select nights through Sunday, Jan. 1. ✨
Tickets are available, with entry times every 15 minutes, 5-8 p.m. It takes about an hour to finish the trail (but there’s no time limit) and it closes at 10 p.m.
💡 Pro tips:
- Wear comfortable shoes — the terrain includes hills + dirt pathways.
- Dress warm — it’s getting chilly at the coast.
- Grab hot cocoa + seasonal treats at kiosks along the trail.
- Check out the markers featuring QR codes that tell you more about the installations.
- Take a photo inside the Winter Cathedral — absolutely frame-worthy.
Did you know? Similar Lightscape trails are produced in other cities across the world, including San Antonio, Edinburgh, and Melbourne, but we’ve got a soft spot for this local edition.