Internationally acclaimed show coming to SDBG for Holiday 2022!

From November 18 through January 8, Lightscape illuminates select evenings at San Diego Botanic Garden with more than one million holiday lights, tunnels, fire, sculptures and artistic installations. Following sold-out runs in the world’s largest cities, including London, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, Lightscape arrives at our 37-acre garden in Encinitas for the holiday season. Set along a beautifully illuminated, one-mile walking trail custom-designed for SDBG, Lightscape features spectacular artistic installations that come to life after dark with color, imagination, and sound. Reserve your tickets and parking today to celebrate the holidays with SDBG!

Please be advised that the Lightscape walking trail meanders through different terrain around the garden and includes steep hills and uneven dirt pathways. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The Garden Shuttle service that operates during the day will not be running for this event. Those with accessibility challenges should contact us via email or phone: or (760) 436-3036 extension 232. Multiple parking lots and entrances are activated for Lightscape – groups arriving in separate cars are strongly advised to drive in together in order to park in the same lot and begin at the same trail entrance. Lightscape will take place on all scheduled nights unless there is a severe weather advisory and guests will be notified via the email addresses used for registration.

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Dates & Times

The six week run starts the weekend before Thanksgiving and continues through New Year’s Day.

November 18-20, 23, 25-27
December 1-4, 7-11, 14-23, 26-31
January 1-2, 6-8

Holidays: Lightscape will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day and open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Tickets are required for admittance with entry times available every 15 minutes from 5:00 to 8:30 pm. The average tour time from start to finish is 1.5 hours, although there is no time limit. Lightscape closes at 10 pm.

Each day, the Garden will close at 4 pm for daytime guests and re-open for Lightscape guests at 5 pm.


General: $26 / $24 
Children (3-12): $15 / $13 

General: $29 / $27
Children (3-12): $18 / $16 

Military (active, combat-disabled) & family with ID
General: $26  / $24
Children (3-12): $15 /$13 

One discount applied only. No refunds. Exchanges accepted through November 1, 2022, for $10 per transaction and increase to $20 from November 2 to November 14. Ages 2 and under free.


Flex Tickets

Anytime Flex (flat rate, no member discount)

  • Ticket holders may enter Lightscape anytime between 5-8:30pm on the date they have selected
  • Price: $60 per person
  • Includes parking


Parking is paid and required for all vehicles parking at designated event sites. Book your parking now and save!

Be sure to choose the same day as your Lightscape ticket when you reserve!

Prices: Advanced parking is $10 per vehicle. Onsite purchase parking is limited, and if available, is $20 per vehicle, due upon arrival.

Groups arriving in multiple cars are advised to drive in together in order to park together in one of several lots being used for Lightscape guests.