Sunday, December 6, 2009

Las Noches de las Luminarias

Every year at the Desert Botanical Gardens there is an event called Las Noches de las Luminarias. The garden is open at night with twinkling lights on many of the trees and all of the paths lined with luminarias. Friday night I attended a members-only event with good friends and in spite of the cold, we managed to walk many of the beautifully illuminated pathways. I should probably put that comment about cold in perspective. It was around 42 degrees (5C), not terribly cold by some standards, but to us desert dwellers, it was bone chilling.
There were 10 musical groups performing throughout the gardens. The Dickens Carolers pictured above were one of the lucky ones in warm constumes. Some of the others were working hard to stay warm.

There was even an ice skating rink available. No, it wasn't cold enough for ice. They used some type of sythetic material. I think it worked pretty well judging from all of the skaters using it.

My favorite part is follwing the golden glow of the luminarias along all those familiar pathways.


Leif Hagen said...

Nice reportage on the event! I really like the photo of the dressed up singers! The luminaries are cool!

Jarart said...

Looks like it was a nice night and because it was a cool night, that had to add to the Christmas feel of the event.

glenda said...

What a magical night with music, lights, and good food and wine.

notaphotographerbutiplayoneontv said...

Beautiful! I always love the luminarias at Christmas time.

Julie said...

this is a lovely collage of photos from a wonderful event! I can feel the holiday spirit from these photos