Learn More about the
Annual Luminary Walk
To ensure an enjoyable experience for all, the Luminary Walk will again be a capacity-controlled event. Tickets are date and time-specific and must be purchased in advance.
You must present a printed QR code, or have it on your phone.
Do not arrive without having first purchased tickets! No tickets will be available at the gate.
(All attractions are included in your ticket price)
Candlelit pathways with live music floating through the woods
Lighted pathways through the gardens
The Children’s Garden alive with vibrant colors
Free Louisburg Cider Mill apple cider, hosted by Boy Scout Troops 222 & 91
Live musical entertainment in 4 locations throughout the gardens
Photos with Santa in his Woodland Pavilion 5-9pm
Gnome and Fairy Houses along the Mystical Loop
Holiday Trains running in the expanded Train Garden 5-9:30pm
Family selfie photo-op spots for great holiday pictures
How Much Time Does the Walk Require?
The entire Luminary Walk is about 1.5 mile long through the woods and gardens, although there are a few options to make it shorter. Some people enjoy it at a brisk pace, others stop at each display, enjoy the quiet spots, warm up at one of the many fire pits, and enjoy the performances of various entertainers. If you rush, you’ll miss a lot, so at a comfortable pace, and allowing time to enjoy it all, we recommend giving yourself between 1 hour and 90 minutes for the Walk.
Preparing for the Walk
The Walk route follows the sidewalks of the Arboretum through the gardens and the woods, with some uphill climbs and downhill slopes. The length is about 1.5 miles, although you can shorten it to just under a mile by skipping the scenic loops. Warm walking shoes are a must and we highly recommend all-weather boots if there is snow on the ground.
Preparing for the Weather
The entire walk is outdoors, through the woods and the gardens. Dress appropriately for the temperature and for walking, keeping in mind that it gets much colder when the sun goes down. A hat and gloves are highly recommended.
Inclement Weather Cancellation: Tickets are nonrefundable. In the event of a cancellation due to rain, we will exchange those tickets for any other date that has availability. Please review our Weather Cancellation Policy for more details.
This event is accessible and wheelchair friendly. We make every effort to be as inclusive as possible. The vendor/attraction tents are near the sidewalks and within reach. Our sidewalk grade is well under the maximum deemed by the ADA. We also have a wheelchair-friendly restroom available.
Visit the Children's Discovery Garden for a complimentary hot cider, provided by Louisburg Cider Mill and hosted by Boy Scout Troops 222 & 91. Additional food and drink will be available for purchase while supplies last: hot beverages of cocoa, cider, or coffee, hotdogs, chips, fresh popped popcorn, cookies, bottled water and more.
The Luminary Walk is a popular event, so plan for extra time to park and walk to the entrance. Parking is free. Parking onsite is limited, when lots are full, drivers will be directed to offsite parking and shuttles will be provided. If you need handicap parking, simply let the parking attendants see your parking placard.
Sorry, no pets allowed, please leave them at home. Even on normal days at the Arboretum, dogs are not allowed on the paths that the Luminary Walk will follow, so we ask that you do not bring them for this event.
Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
8909 W. 179th Street, Overland Park, KS 66013
November 25 & 26 , December 2 & 3, 8-10, 15-17
5pm - 10pm (Last entry at 9pm)
Adults-Only Candlelight Stroll
Thursday, December 1
5pm - 10pm (Last entry at 9pm)