Alebrije banner,  photo by Jorge Alonso García Gómez

Noches Iluminadas

Día de los Muertos will be celebrated this year with Noches Iluminadas featuring Alebrijes Iluminados – colorful illuminated sculptures.

Monday – Friday, Nov. 1-5, 4-7 p.m., SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT!  Tickets will not be available onsite.

These sculptures were made by Mexican artists Rubén Mica and Óscar Becerra. Join us during this festive week to meet the artists, view Day of the Dead altars, watch traditional Mexican folklorico dance and learn more about these fantastical dream characters inspired by the zoology of Mexico.

The Alebrije is one of the many manifestations of popular Mexican art. Alebrijes are fantastical figures that are a hybrid of various animals, whether real or imaginary, and are characterized by their vibrant colors and elaborate details.

Alebrijes Iluminados are inspired by the traditional cardboard alebrije and are a modern way of presenting them, constructed from recycled materials, decorated in brilliant colors and illuminated from within by LED lights.


  • $13 member, $15 non-members, ages 15 and under free
  • Tickets limited; advance purchase required

Entertainment & Activity Schedule

(Schedule is subject to change)

Alebrijes will be on view during the evening. The artists will make special appearances throughout the evening where they will wear the alebrijes. Entertainment will move outside on Thursday and Friday to accommodate the Mercado.

Mitchell Hall 

  • 5:30 p.m.: Mexican Folk Dance with ArtistiCO
  • 6:15 p.m.: Mexican Folk Dance with Sangre de México

Gates Hall – starting Nov. 2

  • 4-7 p.m.: Community Altar


  • 4-7 p.m.: Altars of Remembrance

Freyer – Newman Center 

  • 4-7 p.m. (while supplies last): Grab-n-Go Kids’ Activity
  • 4-7 p.m.: Alebrije: Xólotl 


Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers for this event will help with craft table activities, festival logistics and tear-down after the event ends.
Noches Iluminadas Volunteer Application


Alebrijes Iluminados are thanks in part to Alexis Newton, who assisted the Gardens in bringing these colorful sculptures to Colorado.


Where do I park?

  • The Gardens expects large crowds during this event.
  • Limited free parking is available in our parking complex between York and Josephine streets. Street parking is available in Cheesman Park, where posted.
  • Please consider these alternate modes of transportation to avoid parking issues: 
    • RTD: Use routes #24 (York and Josephine Streets) or #10 (12th Avenue) to access the Gardens.
    • Bicycle Colorado and Bike Streets: The Gardens joins Bicycle Colorado and Bike Streets in encouraging cycling as a form of transportation. Bike racks are available at the York Street main entrance.

What kind of food is available?

Offshoots Café and the Hive Garden Bistro will be open during the event. 

The Gardens’ UMB Bank Amphitheater offers a wonderful spot for picnicking. We encourage you to pack a picnic from home to enjoy at the Gardens. 

Are costumes permitted?

Yes! Día de los Muertos costumes are encouraged. 

  • Weapons (real or fake) are NOT permitted.
  • Costume masks covering the entire face are not permitted for guests over the age of 17.

Is the event inside or outside?

Noches Iluminadas is primarily an outdoor event. Wear good walking shoes and appropriate clothing to keep you warm and dry during the event.

When should I buy my tickets? Will any be available at the door?

Tickets must be purchased or reserved online in advance and are not available onsite. Last entry is 6 p.m.

Will any areas of the Gardens be close during Noches Iluminadas?

Specific gardens (including Mordecai Children’s Garden), Science Pyramid and the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory are not included as part of Noches Iluminadas. Some garden pathways are closed off from entry during the event. 

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