Botanic garden alight with luminarias, origami

On Friday and Saturday December 7, 8, 14 and 15, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s trails and landscapes will glow with more than 1,000 luminarias in a cherished holiday event, Luminaria Nights.

Special for this year, the Garden will transform venues with Japanese lantern installations and traditional Japanese music to celebrate the ongoing Origami in the Garden 2 exhibition, which features large-scale metal origami sculptures.

The artworks each originated with a single piece of folded paper created by some of the world’s most noted origami artists. Luminaria-lit paths will guide visitors through the illuminated sculptures of the exhibition. Along the journey, Japanese lantern installations and live music will set the mood.

Local musician and composer Steve Rushingwind—whose latest record, “Keeper of Secrets,” recently won a Nammy Award (the Native American music equivalent to a Grammy) for best instrumental album—will appear Friday, December 7 with Minyo Station.

On Saturday, December 8, 14 and 15 Mr. Rushingwind returns with Yuki Yasuda. Non-member admission is $12 for adults, and $8 for seniors, students and kids ages 3 to 12. Member pricing is $10/$6. More info is at or (909) 625-8767.


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