• By Debbie Emery

Outdoor light festivals have increasingly become a holiday season staple in Los Angeles, especially as the ongoing pandemic makes many of us feel more comfortable outdoors. There is none better than Lightscape at the Arboretum, where the historical architectural landmark and botanical gardens are taken over by a glittering interactive art show. 

Originating from London and making its west coast debut, Lightscape is a magical illuminated walking experience, combined with a dazzling art exhibition and a dash of electronic music festival. Guests of all ages are invited to walk through the one-mile path that weaves through the Arboretum gardens as individual works of art glitter around you and related music fills the air (some of the trees and cactuses literally are singing!). The awe-inspiring displays include the Winter Cathedral, the mystical Fire Garden, and the mesmerizing Sea of Light. Each display has a barcode that you can scan to get more information on that specific piece and artist. Scattered around the route are miniature cafes where you can buy hot treats like the “Skrewged” cocktail (made with Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey, hot chocolate and whipped cream) that is guaranteed to warm you on the coldest night, or s’mores kits to cook over an open fire. 

“Lightscape” is on display at Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia until January 16. For more, click here.