ROAD CLOSURE NOTICE: Gilbert drivers, please be aware that this Saturday, December 10th, Val Vista Drive and Greenfield Road, between Elliot and Guadalupe Roads, will be closed to through traffic at the Power Line Trail, from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., for the annual 12k's of Christmas event. Learn more here.

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.

Event Dates and Non-Profit Group Beneficiary

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 9th - Open Arms Care Center- collecting non-perishable goods and toiletries.

December 10th- Maricopa Animal Rescue groups- collecting Dog food and supplies

December 16th- Gilbert Fire and Rescue- collecting children's toys and games

December 17th- House of Refuge- collecting non-perishable goods and toiletries.

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

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.

Riparian After Dark Performance Application 

Riparian After Dark Sponsorship Information

If you are interested in becoming an event sponsor, feel free to contact:

Denise Merdon-480-503-6240 or

Mike Leppert-480-503-6235 or