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Living Desert Lighted Lantern Festival

The Living Desert Glows with Wild Lantern Creations

Watch the desert come alive with spectacular installations that will delight guests of all ages. This extraordinary nighttime event will feature intricate, immersive, and truly awe-inspiring animal and nature-scape lantern creations representing wild places from around the globe.

Dozens of displays featuring illuminated lanterns and light displays will create unforgettable moments and experiences. Explore the lighted pathways, immersive photo-opportunities, and see The Living Desert in a whole new light. Unlike any other light festival in Southern California, don’t miss your chance to experience Glow in the Park – A Spring Lantern Festival.

The larger-than-life lanterns bring together ancient craftsmanship that dazzle the senses bringing the night to life, with creative storytelling adding to the charm of each event.

Near The Living Desert

Close to The Living Desert is the community of South Palm Desert with a variety of homes and condo’s – each unique from the other and many that are within walking distance, or short golf cart ride to The Living Desert.  Check out these great homes and condo’s around The Living Desert.   Living in South Palm Desert, you’ll enjoy a casual resort lifestyle where you can jump in your golf cart to go to dinner, catch a live concerts at The Gardens or shop until you drop on famous El Paseo.

History of Lantern Festivals

Chinese Lantern Festival


Chinese Lantern Festivals have a long history dating back more than 2000 years, marking the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations.  During the Lantern Festival, children go out at night carrying paper lanterns and solve riddles on the lanterns.

The brightest Lanterns signify Hope and Good Fortune.  Symbolizing the wish for a bright future.

Water Lantern Festivals 

Water Lnatern

The water lamp originated in India and has become popular across the United States.

Each unique lantern is set adrift out into the water as it joins other lanterns carrying messages of hope, love, happiness, healing, peace, and connection. A magical experience.