PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Ice and snow may have some on the East Coast stuck inside right now, but in Arizona, nature is still our playground.
Sell-out crowds are rushing to see Desert Botanical Garden's Southwest spin on the holidays.
"There's just a cheer in the air," Desert Botanical Garden spokeswoman Clare Hahne said as the sun slowly disappeared, defining the desert's beautiful silhouettes.
The holiday spirit shines at Desert Botanical Garden now through the new year.
"We are celebrating our 40th anniversary of Las Noches de las Luminarias this year," Hahne said.
Each night, staff and volunteers line the trails with 8,000 luminarias, gently lighting the landscape. Some are sponsored by people to honor a loved one or celebrate a special occasion.
"When you come here and see actual cactus and agaves that are all decorated for the holidays and uplit with these warm luminaria bags, it really is a wonderful Southwest tradition," Hahne explained.
Couples or families cozied up together can also take in the Electric Desert exhibit, a light and sound installation.
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"These plants really come to life at night time," Hahne said. "Various parts of the garden have a light show that [is] choreographed to different music," she explained.
Except for Dec. 24-25, Las Noches de las Luminarias lights up the Garden nightly (5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.) through Dec. 31. Dates are already selling out, so if you want to see it, do not wait to buy tickets.
"I really can't think of a better way to celebrate the holidays in the Southwest," Hahne said.
Did you know Garden staff and volunteers use turkey basters to extinguish 8,000 candles at Las Noches de las Luminaria? Learn more about the ingenious tools we've invented to bring this Southwestern holiday tradition to light 🕯️ https://t.co/dhXvGPZUQQ via @azcentral— Desert Botanical Garden (@dbgphx) December 6, 2018
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