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Riparian After Dark

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December 4th- 5th, 11th-12th, 18th-19th, 2020

The Riparian Preserve comes alive with a holiday glow!  Stroll around the candle-lit trail at Water Ranch lake with hundreds of luminaries as well as numerous festive light displays at every turn. This is a rare opportunity for those who appreciate nature to experience the thrill of  night time at the preserve. In addition to the lighted trail, we will feature a variety of school choirs, carolers and other live holiday entertainment.  There will be light refreshments available for purchase.

2020 Gilbert Partners

Each night of the event Gilbert partners with a local non-profit agency and collects items for that group to distribute to those in need.  Please consider bringing a donated item to the event as your way of supporting those in need during the holiday season. 

December 4th and 5th- New Youth Sneakers-Gilbert Promotional Corporation/Galloping Soles

December 11 and 12th- New Toys for Children- Gilbert Fire and Rescue Dept.

December 20th- 21st - Dog food, blankets/beds and supplies- Maricopa Animal Rescues

Event Times- 5:30pm-9:00pm

Event Location 

Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch- 2757 E. Guadalupe Road

Event Parking

Parking is available at the Southeast Regional Library.  Entrances to the library are on both Greenfield Road and Guadalupe Road.  Event entrance is located on the Guadalupe Road parking lot side.  If parking at one of the local businesses, please be courteous of the site, and do not leave trash or block customer parking.  There will be no parking available at the Riparian Preserve parking lot after 5pm on event days. 

Event Accessibility

This event is held on the paved trails around the preserve and is fully accessible by strollers, wheelchairs and walkers. Please do not allow children to climb on light displays. Violators will be asked to leave the event. Pets on leash are welcome at the event.  Please clean up after you pets.

Event Sponsorship

If you are interested in sponsoring the Riparian After Dark event please contact Mike Leppert at 480-503-6235. 

Riparian After Dark Sponsorship opportunities