Light Up the Holiday Season at Gilroy Gardens and Lumination

The holidays are going to be extra-special in Gilroy this year, with Gilroy Gardens and Lumination staying open for an extended season through January 8!

During the daytime, visitors can enjoy the park’s rides and attractions. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy the majestic gardens during the winter season. It’s also a great excuse to get out of the house with the kids and let them burn off some of that extra energy they always seem to have during the break from school! 

At night, come back to experience the splendor of Lumination, the night-time festival that recently won the prestigious “Brass Ring” Live Entertainment Excellence Award from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). Lumination includes 30 massive light displays that illuminate over 2,000 years of Chinese history, mythology, and tradition. They were designed and constructed by master artisans from Zigong, China, home to the original Chinese Lantern Festival. The night-time festival also includes live performers from China, a bustling artisan marketplace, and authentic Chinese food. 

During the holiday season, guests can also visit Santa’s Workshop, ice skate on an outdoor rink, and indulge in a traditional holiday feast with turkey and all the trimmings. Gilroy Gardens with Lumination will also be open for the first time ever on New Year’s Eve, with fireworks scheduled for midnight.

Gilroy Gardens and Lumination are open on selected days and nights through January 8, 2017. Separate night-time admission is required, and park rides are not running during the evening hours. Admission is free with 2017 park memberships. For tickets and more information,


>>STAY AND PLAY! Book a budget-friendly hotel room in Gilroy so you can enjoy the park by day AND night…then stay to go wine tasting, shop at Gilroy Premium Outlets, explore historic downtown Gilroy, and more! Plan your Gilroy getaway today at

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