Candle-lit paths through woods and gardens - Note:
All paths are paved surfaces and are one-way-only in direction.
You may repeat the walk as many times as you like.
Santa will visit with children in his Woodland Depot 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Horse-drawn wagon rides 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Gnome and Fairy Villages along the Mystical Loop
Quiet Woods Walk with Native American flute music
Free Louisburg Cider Mill apple cider by the campfire, hosted by Boy Scout Troop 222
Holiday trains running in the Train Garden
Live musical entertainment throughout the gardens
Child-size Gingerbread House
Family selfie photo op spots for great holiday pictures.
How Much Time Does the Walk Require?
The entire Holiday Luminary Walk is about 1 3/4 miles long through the woods and gardens although there are several options to make it shorter - bypassing the Mystical Loop, Quiet Woods Walk or the attractions in the Children's Garden. 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, drink free hot cider, visit Santa, watch the trains, and enjoy the performances of various entertainers. If you rush, you’ll miss a lot, so we recommend going at a comfortable pace and allowing time to enjoy it all. Give yourself between an hour and 90 minutes on the Walk. Then stop in the Visitor Center to warm up, have hot chocolate, and enjoy a treat before you leave.
Preparing for the Weather
The entire walk is through the woods and the gardens. Dress appropriately for the temperature and for walking. A hat and gloves are highly recommended.
The Holiday Luminary Walk is a popular event, so plan for extra time to park and walk to the entrance. If you need handicap parking, simply let the parking attendants see your handicap parking placard.
We encourage carpooling! If you are meeting up with others, we recommend you plan to meet somewhere else and carpool from there. It is much easier to find each other in off-site locations.
Please leave your pets at home. Even on normal days at the Arboretum, dogs are not allowed on most of the paths that the Luminary Walk will follow so we ask that you do not bring them for this event.
We will be offering expanded concessions options this year in the Visitors Center at the end of the walk. In addition to hot beverages and sweet treats, we will be offering hot dogs, chips and fresh-popped popcorn - while supplies last.
If we can’t light the candles, we can’t have the Luminary Walk. So rain or blizzard are about the only reasons we would cancel a night. We will still go forward in light snow or cold temperatures. The decision to cancel the Holiday Luminary Walk due to inclement weather will be made by 1:00 p.m. and sent to online ticket buyers via email, posted on our website, and announced on social media. Once the decision to cancel the event is made, the decision is final. We thank you in advance for understanding that the decision to cancel this event is not one we take lightly.