Group Bookings

Are you looking for a safe, unique alternative to your group’s holiday party?

How about treating your team or group to an evening out at Luminaria? You and your friends or 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, light displays, entertainers and starry skies – together, but safely apart.

We can reserve a block of tickets for your group, and you can celebrate the holidays in a safe, economical activity 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 group as a bright note in the year. Holiday party – solved!

Do you need a unique corporate gift idea?

Give them something special! Luminaria tickets are an easy way to show appreciation to valuable clients or star team members. You don’t need to book a specific date or time – you can purchase a block of tickets and your guests can make their own reservations for their preferred date and time. Discounts available for purchases of 30 or more tickets. Book early to make sure your clients get the best ticket selection!

Make it extra special with the Northern Light Dining Experience!

If you want a truly special evening out for your team, your group or your clients, the Northern Light Dining Experience is an evening to remember. A three-course gourmet fondue dinner, served in one of our dining domes, with views to the stars, including a ticket to Luminaria. Each of 30 glowing domes can accommodate up to six people. Book early for this experience – last year we sold out all available spaces in a matter of hours.  $125 per person plus tax, includes three-course meal admission ticket to Luminaria.

Luminaria runs nightly, November 27, 2021 through January 9, 2022 (except Dec 25), from 5 to 10 pm (last entry at 8:30).

Book early, 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)
$21 adult
$17 senior
$16 student
$11 child


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?

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 their friends around a firepit before moving on. This way, everybody has an enjoyable, shared experience, and everybody stays safe.

Are there discounts for group bookings?

Group bookings of more than 30 are eligible for a discount of 15% off the adult ticket price for weeknight bookings (Mon-Thu). 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 of 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. Parking is free.

What is the cancellation policy?

Luminaria is an outdoor event, subject to varying weather conditions. Tickets are non-refundable. 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?

University of Alberta vaccine policies for visitors are in place. 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).