The 19th Annual Holiday Luminary Walk

. . . the Arboretum by Candlelight 


Thousands of candles illuminate over a mile of pathways through woods and gardens, music fills the air, while holiday lights brighten the trees, buildings and bridges. This is the 19th year for what has become the traditional kick-off of the holiday season for many families. Kids love the Gnome and Fairy Villages, the colorful Children’s Garden and visiting with Santa. Grown-ups appreciate the quiet walk through the winter woods and the many musical performances. And everyone enjoys hot Louisburg Cider around the campfire, served by Boy Scout Troop 222, followed by a horse-drawn wagon ride.


We have been delighted each year as the popularity of the Luminary Walk has grown. In fact, it maybe has gotten too popular. So to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable experience, we will be limiting the number of tickets sold this year and require purchases for a specific night IN ADVANCE online or at the Arboretum before event day. Tickets will not be available at the gate each evening. No refunds.


The Luminary is the major fund-raiser for the Friends of the Arboretum (FOTA); all proceeds are used entirely to benefit the Arboretum. More details about the Luminary can be found on the Event Information page.



5:00 – 9:00 each night (Last admittance is 8:00)

Friday, November 23rd

Saturday, November 24th

Friday, November 30th

Saturday, December 1st

Friday, December 7th

Saturday, December 8th


$10.00 per person; free for age 5 and under

$9.00 for members of Friends of the Arboretum, when purchased online with promo code.

To insure an enjoyable experience for all, the Holiday Luminary Walk will be a capacity-controlled event this year. Tickets are date-specific, and must be purchased in advance at You must present a printed QR code, or have it on your phone, and be prepared to show it or a parking pass (which will also be sent to you) in order to enter the parking lots.

Tickets may also be purchased on-site at the Arboretum entry kiosk from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. any day EXCEPT EVENT DAYS - all tickets on event days must be purchased online to ensure that the event does not become overcrowded.

All proceeds benefit the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens.


For more details, go to the Ticket Information page.


Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

8909 W. 179th St. Overland Park KS 66013

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