California Zoos


The Living Desert, Palm Desert, CA

47900 Portola Ave.
Palm Desert, CA 92260-6156
Tel: (760) 346-5694

Glow in the Park Nightly, March 17- April 30, 2023

The wildly popular nighttime event, Glow in the Park, at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens wows many who've never been to the desert zoo before and now find they can't resist seeing mesmerizing, hand-crafted lantern displays that represent wildlife from around the world and under the sea! Dozens of displays in a brand-new, illuminated experience feature intricate and immersive animal and nature-scape lantern creations representing wild places from around the globe. Explore the lighted pathways, immersive photo-opportunities, and see The Living Desert in a whole new light.

Hundreds of illuminated lanterns larger-than-life feature breathtaking artistry, interactive elements, and a never-ending number of photo-ops.

Unveiled in 2022, the lights display last year featured  six themed paths, each with its own unique characteristics:

Traditional Chinese Lantern with their long standing in Chinese tradition, have rich symbolism and deep historical resonance.  Produced in partnership with Tianyu Arts and Culture, Inc., Glow in the Park is an extraordinary night-time event featuring intricate, immersive, and truly amazing animal and nature-scape lantern creations representing wild places from around the globe. 

Nighttime lights have been a big wow at Living Desert for more years than any kid can count, beginning more than 30 years ago with Wildlights holiday experience which annually wins awards for its entertaining and enlightening value to guests from around the globe.

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