Learn More about Luminary Walk
The main route is about 1¼ miles long, but can be shortened if you prefer to bypass the gnome and fairy houses on the Mystical Loop, the Quiet Woods Walk or the attractions in the Children’s Garden. All paths are on paved surfaces and are one-way only in direction. You may repeat the walk as many times as you like.
(All attractions are included in your ticket price)
Candle-lit paths through woods and gardens
Live musical entertainment throughout the gardens
Santa will visit with children 5:30-8:30 in his Woodland Depot
Horse-drawn wagon rides 5:30-8:30
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
Family selfie photo op spots for great holiday pictures
Child-sized Gingerbread House
Holiday trains running in the expanded Train Garden
How Much Time Does the Walk Require?
The entire Holiday Luminary Walk is about 1¼ miles long through the woods and gardens, although there are several 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, 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 at a comfortable pace, and allowing time to enjoy it all, we recommend giving yourself between an hour and 90 minutes on the Walk. Then stop in the Visitor Center to warm up with hot chocolate and a treat or snack, available for purchase in the Concessions area.
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.
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.
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 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 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. In addition to hot beverages and sweet treats, we will be offering hot dogs, chips and fresh-popped popcorn, while supplies last.