23rd Annual Luminary Walk
The tradition continues at the 23rd Annual Luminary Walk, presented by Westlake Ace Hardware, Sarin Energy Solutions, and FNBO. The popular kick-off for the holiday season is a festive family walk through the lights at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens.
During the four weekends following Thanksgiving, take a stroll along the lit pathways to explore the magical Gnome and Fairy Houses, serene winter woods by candlelight, and the colorful Children’s Garden. Enjoy musical performances in four different locations and visit with Santa in his Woodland Depot. Trees, buildings, and bridges are all part of the show, with thousands of lights aglow.
The Luminary Walk has been expanded to Thursdays and a fourth weekend this year. The dates are:
November 25 & 26
December 2 & 3
December 8, 9 & 10
December 15, 16 & 17
The Arboretum will be transformed into a wonderland of candles and lights from 5:00 to 10:00 pm, with final entry allowed at 9:00 pm.
Admission for the Luminary Walk is $15; children five and under are free. Tickets are date and time specific, and must be purchased online in advance at https://artsandrec-op.org/arboretum/luminary-walk/. For the safety and comfort of all, tickets will be limited and sold for specific half-hour entry slots. Parking is free.
For a quieter date night or “friends night out” experience, the adults-only Candlelight Stroll on December 1st features the glow of candles through the woods, hot cider, enchanting gnome houses and live musical performances without the busy buzz of Santa and children. This is a unique opportunity for adults to enjoy the peaceful serenity of the Arboretum after dark. As a special addition, wine and hot “adult” beverages will be available for purchase (must be 21+ to purchase). Those under 18 years old will not be admitted.