Credit: Tianyu Arts and Culture
Credit: Tianyu Arts and Culture

Here’s Why We’re Headed to Glow in the Park at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens This Spring

Here’s Everything You Need to Know Before You Go!

Looking to fill your spring calendar with some fun? This April, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert will be converted into a magical lantern festival like no other! From gleaming unicorn carriages to a 60-foot-long walk-through dragon, the zoo’s Glow in the Park event will light up your spring with an enthralling, luminescent adventure. Guests can catch a glimpse of life-sized park animals, take a walk through a crocodile’s mouth, or simply observe the beaming dreamland that is Glow in the Park. Glow in the Park Lantern Festival

Credit: Tianyu Arts and Culture

At this nightly event, guests are welcomed with an array of lantern displays, photo ops and more. Each lantern on display is handcrafted and ranges in size, color and shape. Some of the lantern arrangements are also interactive, including glowing moonlight swings and a shiny unicorn carriage that you can pose with.

And if you’re a lover of astrology, this is the place to be! At Glow in the Park, you can see 12 illuminated Chinese zodiac lantern signs that each stand at 8 feet tall. There will also be plenty of picture stations to capture treasured moments with friends and family.

Erin Scott, one of the many faces behind this whimsical event, says, “Glow in the Park is for everybody. Whether you want to have a date night as a couple or bring the kids, this is a magical experience for all ages.” Glow in the Park Lantern Festival

In addition to the festival, you’ll also have the chance to observe some of the zoo’s wildlife. The African Safari Trail will be open, so if you’d like to switch from lanterns to live animals, just take a stroll down the trail, and you might be lucky enough to see some black African rhinos! This is included in the price of admission, so there is no additional fee.


Another unique factor of this light festival is where it’s located. Scott describes, “Glow in the Park is enchanting, not only because of its glistening lanterns but also because of the beauty of the desert that encompasses it. With our desert location, the lights shine even brighter, making this festival a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Credit: Tianyu Arts and Culture

When the tummies begin to eventually grumble, don’t fret! Glow in the Park offers a curated menu each evening that’s brimming with mouthwatering treats and drinks. The gift shop and food outlet will remain open if you’d like to purchase snacks or souvenirs. As a non-profit organization, events like Glow in the Park support The Living Desert’s excellent animal care, conservation efforts and educational programs, which is just another reason why Glow in the Park should be on your spring calendar! Glow in the Park Lantern Festival


Glow in the Park is officially open to the public 6:30-10 p.m. nightly from March 27 to April 29. Last admission is at 9:30pm. Guests can purchase general admission tickets online for $25, while children from ages 3-12 are $20 and children under the age of 3 are free. If you decide to go on a weekday rather than the weekend, tickets are slightly cheaper. Advanced reservations are required! 

Glow in the Park Lantern Festival

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
47900 Portola Ave
Palm Desert, CA 92260

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