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Savor the season among twinkly lights of Las Noches de las Luminarias

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Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2012 3:15 pm

Just because we haven’t had snow doesn’t mean we don’t see our share of flurries.

The weeks from Thanksgiving to Christmas are nothing but a giant flurry — of holiday parties, gift-hunting expeditions, seasonal experiences for the kids, baking, wrapping and plan-plan-planning for all those family get-togethers.

Amid all the chaos, finding moments to be still and savor the season is a must. Las Noches de las Luminarias, over at Desert Botanical Garden, is one such opportunity.

The garden’s trails are lined with more than 8,000 softly glowing luminarias for the 35-year-old event, which doesn’t require you to do anything but “ooh” and “aah” at all the twinkly lights.

You can also sit and take in live music from more than 10 acts stationed along the trails, including blues band Big Nick & the Gila Monsters, flamenco guitarist Chris Burton Jácome, the Sonoran Jazz Quartet and Native American group the Duncan Family. Handbell ensembles also perform.

Go hungry, and you’ll find two options: a fancy dining hall buffet with a chef-attended carving station (Meal tickets are $17.50 for adults and $9.50 for children; it’s recommended that you buy them in advance), and The Patio Cafe on Ullman Terrace, offering pork green chili ($6.50), butternut squash soup ($5), pumpkin cinnamon spice tiramisu ($5) and churros ($2).

A tranquil way to take in the sights and sounds of the season, it makes a welcome breather.

DETAILS >> 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 16-23 and Dec. 26-30. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. $25 for adults, $12.50 for children ages 3-12. (480) 481-8188 or

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