With your Lumination admission, head to Gilroy Gardens in the evening hours for this festival of light that features more than 30 colossal light displays and sculptures handcrafted by artisans from Zigong, China. As you stroll through the park’s 26 acres (10.5 hectares), take in large reproductions of the Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall of China, the Terra Cotta Warriors and other Chinese landmarks.
You’ll also see Chinese creatures both real and mythical, from pandas to a dragon made entirely out of porcelain plates and bowls, tied together by hand. Each display is constructed of hundreds of individual pieces, from glass bottles filled with colored water to traditional silk lanterns. The intricacy and attention to detail will amaze you, especially after dark.
In addition to the illuminated displays, check out live performers from China and an artisan marketplace.