• Thank you for a successful 2016 event

Now Extended By Popular Demand!

As the sun sets, Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park is transformed into a dramatic display of spectacular sights and sounds from ancient China. You will be whisked away to another time and place as you stroll through colossal light displays that illuminate over 2,000 years of Chinese history and culture.

These incredible displays—some towering as high as 6 stories into the night sky—include giant dragons, mythical Qilin, and playful pandas, as well as historic landmarks like the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, and Terracotta Warriors.

Lumination also includes a bustling artisan marketplace and live performances. During the holiday season, you can also visit Santa’s Workshop and go ice skating under the stars!

But the lights of Lumination go out on January 8, 2017. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Lumination Operating Hours

Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday Nights from 6-10 pm through November 27, 2016. Open select nights in December 2016 and January 2017

Check the Gilroy Gardens website for current hours


Visitors to Gilroy Gardens may purchase same-day Lumination passes for additional $15.

Admission to Lumination is free with 2017 Gilroy Gardens Elite memberships.

Lumination at
Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park
3050 Hecker Pass Highway • Gilroy, CA 95020

(408) 840-7100

This sculpture is composed of thousands of tiny bottles of colored water


A Stunning Celebration of Artistry and Light

Lumination, hosted by Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park, will feature more than 30 dazzling light displays—some over six stories high! Throughout the park’s 26 acres, colossal replicas of famous Chinese landmarks and cultural icons will celebrate over 2,000 years of Chinese history, from the first dynasty to the last.

Other colorful displays feature larger-than-life animals, flowers, and mysterious mythological creatures. Each display is composed of hundreds or even thousands of individual pieces, from traditional hand-crafted silk lanterns to porcelain plates and tiny glass bottles filled with colored water. These intricate light sculptures are absolutely breathtaking at night.

Truly Spectacular