Lightscape 2022 debuts at San Diego Botanic Garden

One million lights line a 1-mile trail, twinkling to holiday tunes along the way.

Lightscape SD 2022

Oh, it’s lit alright.

Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday

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. 8. ✨

We took the trek to see the vibrant installations created by international artists. If you look + listen closely, many displays are perfectly synced to festive music. 🎶

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 Cathedralabsolutely frame-worthy.
Lightscape 2022 SD

The colorful installations glow at every turn.

Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday

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.

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