Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season and experience the wonder of a luminaria-lined walk in the woods this winter.

Wind through the Nature Center forest trails lit by the soft glow of more than 500 luminaria, then warm up by a festive fire with a hot apple cider or or hot chocolate at our trailside Winter Cafe. Snacks and adult holiday libations (including spiked peppermint hot chocolate and hot cider with spiced rum) sold separately.

Luminaria welcomes both children and adults to celebrate the season, with young families tending to book the early evening before 6 pm and couples or groups of adults in the post 6 pm time slots. Gather with family or friends and start a new holiday tradition, bring your office for a holiday outing or book a delightful winter date night to enjoy the season. Groups are welcome, we encourage a representative to book group tickets together to ensure space in your desired time slot is available.

Each of the three evenings includes a featured guest. Ticket price includes hot cider and hot cocoa at our Winter Cafe; adult holiday libation tickets sold separately. Advance ticket purchase is required. Event is at DPNC, please bring your own flashlight.


Featured guests: DPNC Animal Ambassadors

Some of our resident DPNC animals will join the festivities at the trailside Winter Cafe at Friday evening’s event. Meet our owls and other animals of the forest and learn interesting animal facts while enjoying your post-stroll hot beverages.


Featured guest: Woodland Santa

Before or after your walk in the woods, your little ones are invited to a magical holiday experience full of wonder: a visit with Woodland Santa! Meet Woodland Santa and his elf inside by the fireplace while you capture a holiday photo.

Note: Woodland Santa is available for visitors to the Saturday 5, 5:30 & 6 pm time slots only, then he heads back to his workshop! Nature Center luminaria, Winter Cafe and outdoor fire are open for all time slots.


Featured guests: Holiday choral singers

After your walk through the glowing luminaria in our winter forest, settle into our trailside Winter Cafe as the fire roars and the sounds of holiday carols from our featured singers fill the air.

Luminaria runs for three nights, and is expected to sell out.

Advance ticket purchase is required and space is capped per time slot.

Choose from six timed entry slots each night:

5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7 & 7:30

Members: $13.60, Non-members: $16