Group Bookings

Are you looking for a safe alternative to your organization’s holiday party?

How about treating your team to an evening out at Luminaria? You and your colleagues can share a fun and beautiful winter experience, strolling the garden paths among candles and illuminated displays. Your guests will enjoy the unique outdoor ambience, roving performers and starry skies – together, but safely apart.

We can reserve a block of tickets for your company, and you can celebrate the holidays in a safe, fun, economical way, that’s suitable for all ages. And if you wish, you can enhance the experience with hot food and beverage options. Luminaria will be remembered by your team as a bright note in the year. Holiday party – solved!

Luminaria runs nightly, December 1-31 (except Dec 25), from 5 to 10 pm (last entry at 8:30).

Book now, as this popular event sells out!

Contact our booking team today at uabg.events@ualberta.ca or 780-492-3138.

Luminaria Ticket Pricing*
(*discounts for bookings over 30 people for Mon-Thu bookings)
$20 adult
$15 senior / student
$10 child

Food & Beverage Options
Mac ‘ n’ cheese $8
Vegan 5 bean chili $10
Bison chili $12
Cookie – Seasonal Cookie or Sugar Cookie $3
Coffee / Tea / Hot Chocolate

Group Booking FAQs

What size of group can come to Luminaria?

Groups of various sizes can be accommodated. However, for safety, there is a limited capacity of attendees permitted at any one time, and staggered entry times may be required for larger groups. Our booking team can provide you with more information, based on your group size and when you want to come.

Can we have a spot set aside for our group to meet?

We get it. Team mates who may not have seen much of each other this year want to be together. However, with safety top-of-mind, and following the guidelines of health officials, we are not able to allocate spaces for groups to congregate. The idea is that guests can stroll through the garden, enjoy the sights and sounds, wave at their colleagues as they pass, and perhaps pause for a brief (safely-distanced) chit chat with a friend before moving on. This way, everybody has an enjoyable, shared experience, and everybody stays safe.

What options are available for food and beverage?

Warm and yummy – bison chili, vegetarian chili, macaroni and cheese. Served in a bowl, and intended to enjoy as you stroll. Hot chocolate, coffee and tea are available for purchase, and complimentary apple cider will be served at one of the fire pits.

Are there discounts for group bookings?
  • Group bookings of more than 30 are eligible for a discount of 15% ($3) off the adult ticket price for weeknight bookings (Mon-Thu).
  • Bulk purchase of tickets (where guests book their own time slot)15% ($3) off adult ticket price, for purchase of more than 30 tickets
  • Community service organizations and charities: Please contact us for discount information
Can I book the Garden exclusively for my group during Luminaria?

Subject to availability, you can purchase a time slot, or several time slots, for the exclusive use your group. Maximum capacities, and staggered entry times, will be in effect.

Are there shuttles available?

There is no shuttle service this year. A vehicle is required to get to the Garden. Free parking is available at the Garden.

What is the cancellation policy?

Luminaria is an outdoor event, subject to varying weather conditions. Tickets are non-refundable, and dates are not transferable. In the event of extreme or unsafe weather conditions, if the Garden cancels the event we will post the information on our website and notify that evening’s guests by email, along with instructions for re-scheduling.

What safety measures is the Garden following?

In regular consultation with health officials, the Garden is following recommended safety guidelines. These measures include closure of indoor spaces (except washrooms), limited capacity, staggered entry times, and extra cleaning. Masks are not required outdoors, but must be worn in all indoor spaces (eg. washrooms and hallways). In addition, some pathways may be designated as one-way. Groups larger than 15 may not congregate while at the Garden.