Dragon Lights

Dragon Lights Nature’s Glow, A Local’s Review

My family and I recently got to experience the Dragon Lights Nature’s Glow in Reno, NV.  We had such a great time, Im sharing everything you need to know, my tips, and my review.

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Dragon Lights Nature’s Glow

The Dragon Lights Nature’s Glow is a special light show that takes place outdoors, showcasing beautiful lanterns, in different shapes and colors, an interactive playground and food court.


Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, within Rancho San Rafael Park, 1595 N Sierra St, Reno, NV 89503

Dates and Hours

June 30 – August 13, 2023, Monday to Sunday 6:00PM – 10:30PM


Free parking is available at a first come first serve basis. Parking is available all throughout the park.  The Green Lot located at the University of Reno is also available for free parking Fridays and Saturdays. There is also a  free shuttle bus as well!

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These are prices for tickets purchased online:

  • General Admission: $20 per person (for individuals aged 12 and above).
  • Children: $15 per child (for children aged 3-11).
  • Family 4 Pack: $55 (includes 2 adults and 2 children).
  • Season Pass: $55 (provides unlimited entry for one person throughout the entire festival season).
  • Infants: FREE (for children under 3 years old).

Tickets are more expensive if purchased at the door.  Definitely save and purchase ahead! Get 20% off when for groups of 10 or more (purchased online).

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You can bring your own food (alcohol is not allowed). There are also several food and drink vendors inside and they accept cash and card.  There are a few picnic tables to sit at.

Food Court:

  • Big Daddy BBQ
  • Tacos Tijuana
  • Crazy Snow Cone
  • Trans Concession
  • Pour Vida
  • Num Num Boba
  • Jazmine Express
  • Antojitos Colibri

Gift Shop

There is a Lantern Marketplace inside where you can purchase lantern souvenirs and Asian handicrafts.

Know Before You Go

  • Plan on spending about 1 1/2 – 2 hours.
  • Stroller, wagon, and baby wearing friendly.
  • We recommend closed toe shoes as most of the path is dirt.
  • Parking can get full so plan on walking a little bit from your spot.
  • It can get crowded so consider that when going with your family. A stroller or wagon is a great idea for littles in the crowd.
  • Save money and pack a picnic dinner or snacks!  Visitors to the festival are allowed to bring their own food (no alcohol).
  • The looped path is just over a mile long and is mostly flat.
  • Once you enter you can stay as long as you want and walk through more than once.
  • While its magical at any time,  I personally think the best time to experience the lanterns is 8:30pm or later. Once it starts to get dark you can really experience all of the colors.   I would arrive about 8pm and enjoy the interactive playground, have a snack and then walk through after 8:30.
  • Save money and purchase your ticket online in advance.

Our Experience

I loved the atmosphere at Dragon Lights Nature Glow, it was really fun!  Music played in the background, and the whole area was beautifully lit. One of the things I loved about Dragon Lights Nature Glow was that it was suitable for all ages.  We saw people of all ages enjoying the Dragon Lights.

Overall, Dragon Lights Nature’s Glow was a magical experience for our family. We got back in the car and my kids raved about how much fun they had.  It combined the beauty of nature with the wonder of light, interactive activities, and creating a memorable adventure.

If you’re looking for a family-friendly outing that will spark your child’s imagination and create lasting memories, Dragon Lights Nature’s Glow is definitely worth a visit!


Kacey Queen is a co-founder of Nevada Moms

Kacey received her bachelor's in Psychology while cheering for the University of Oregon. They moved to Reno in 2014 and have loved it ever since. She is a dedicated homeschooling mother to her three children.

She serves on the board for Northern Nevada Health Systems, and Northern Nevada Sports and Recreation, and she is passionate about her community.

Kacey loves exploring with her family and finding family-friendly events and activities! A few of her favorite things include family adventures, exploring the outdoors, working out, local coffee shops, and dessert!