Riparian After Dark

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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  nighttime 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.  All trails are ADA accessible.

2017 Event Dates

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 8th 

December 9th

December 15th

December 16th

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

Event Sponsorship

Event sponsorship opportunities

Or contact Mike Leppert at 480-503-6235

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.

Event Accessibility

This event is held on the paved trails around the preserve and is fully accessible by strollers, wheelchairs and walkers. 

Pets on leash are welcome at the event.

Please do not allow children to climb on light displays.  Violators will be asked to leave the event.