PHOENIX (FOX 10) -- It's a southwestern holiday tradition that's been lighting up the Valley for decades, and an event called Las Noches de las Luminarias is back at the Desert Botanical Garden.
"It started with 600 paper bags with sand and a candle, and it was a tremendous success," said Marcia Flynn, Director of Event Services at the Desert Botanical Garden.
40 years later, Las Noches de las Luminarias is an event people don't want to miss during this time of year.
"We have roughly 8000 bags that get lit each night," said Flynn. "Some of them are electrical because they are on top of our roofs."
There are also musical acts throughout the night, all spread out across the garden.
"Coming to an event that celebrates the holidays and gets you into the spirit of the holidays, I think, is really important," said Flynn.
And the lights will be brighter than ever, as Luminaria and an exhibition called Electric Desert come together for a dazzling display.
"It's kinda like Luminaria all lit up, and I think guests can find their favorite, whether it's the exhibit or a special band that they connect with," said Flynn.
The event runs every day from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., but it will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.