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Moonlight Forest Returns to Arboretum by Popular Demand

This year, experience exotic fish and giant sharks in the Ocean Visions exhibits. – Courtesy photo / Arboretum

Bigger and brighter in 2019

The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden brings back the Moonlight Forest for a second year, due to overwhelming support from the community. This year the Moonlight Forest is bigger and brighter than ever with two new themes, Polar Dreams and Ocean Visions. Step into a winter wonderland with the new Polar Dreams experience featuring playful penguins and cuddly sled dogs. Next, dive under the sea with exotic fish and giant sharks in the Ocean Visions exhibit.

Moonlight Forest features 60 displays of larger-than-life lantern art handcrafted by artisans from China’s Sichuan province. The lanterns illuminate the garden and provide delightful photo ops. There will be nightly performances by Chinese acrobats, dancers and “bian lian” face changers in addition to music, food trucks and no host bars. The Arboretum is partnering with Tianyu Arts & Culture Inc  to present Moonlight Forest.

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Congrats to @gudino31! You've won two #MoonlightForestLA opening night tickets! Please check your DM’s for more info. Thanks to everyone who participated and stay tuned for more exciting news next week. . . . Here were the rules to enter: 1. Follow @laarboretum on Instagram and like this video. 2. Comment, tag one friend who you’d bring, and use #MoonlightForestLA 3. Limited to one entry per account. Must be 18+ years of age to enter the giveaway. 4. Entries restricted to Instagram only. We ask that all PRIVATE accounts are made PUBLIC for entry. 5. All entries must be submitted by Friday, November 1 at 12pm PDT. Winners will be DM’d by the L.A. Arboretum’s official Instagram page no later than Friday, November 1 at 6pm PDT. 6. Giveaway winner will be randomly selected. 7. The winner will receive two Moonlight Forest 2019 tickets valid only for opening night, Saturday, November 9. Tickets are for one-time use only, have no cash value, and are not transferable. The L.A. Arboretum will not issue any date and/or time changes. 8. Per Instagram rules, we must mention this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use. . . . #LAArboretum #Arcadia #LosAngeles #ThingsToDoinLA #ThingsToDo #LanternFestival #FamilyNight #DateNight #DateIdeas #FallFestivities

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Moonlight Forest: A Magical Lantern Art Festival runs from Nov. 9 through Jan. 12, 2020, Wednesday through Sunday from 5:30-10 p.m. The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is located at 301 N. Baldwin Ave. in Arcadia. Tickets range from $20 to $28 and can be purchased at

November 5, 2019

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