March 6, 2024


As dusk settles over the Sundial Bridge, the 10 acres of McConnell Botanical Gardens gradually illuminate, glowing wild with colorful lanterns depicting animals from around the world.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to spend quality time with your loved ones in a truly magical setting. From glowing animals and LED swings and great food and drinks, there’s something to delight every member of your family.


Welcome to Glowing Wild in Redding, CA!

If you love the Redding Garden of Lights, you’re going to be amazed by the newest Redding event hosted by Turtle Bay Exploration Park: Glowing Wild.

Inspired by traditional Asian lantern fests, Glowing Wild transports you into a world of oversized animal lanterns, custom playgrounds, captivating light shows, and more.

Snap selfies in front of a towering panda or beside the giant butterflies.

Illuminated butterflies at Glowing Wild in Redding, CA.

Kids can monkey around on glowing swings and slides. And don’t miss the magical musical light show synced to the evenings’ soundtracks.

Fuel up on tasty snacks like fresh kettle corn or wood-fired pizza in the glowing beer garden from Turtle Bay’s own Mosaic Restaurant.

Wash it down with a glass of wine or one of their specialty cocktails, served in a souvenir cup.

With creativity and natural beauty combined, Glowing Wild delivers an experience you won’t find anywhere else.

Have Fun While Funding Turtle Bay’s Mission

When you purchase tickets to Glowing Wild, you directly support their wildlife conservation and education efforts.

From feeding and housing rehabbed animals to funding field trips and science programs for over 100,000 students each year, proceeds contribute to Turtle Bay’s nonprofit mission.

So you can feel good while having fun with family and friends! Your ticket becomes part of keeping these critical Turtle Bay initiatives going for generations.

Don’t miss the magic this spring at Turtle Bay!

A white bird kissing the cheek of an animal trainer at Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, CA

Glowing Wild FAQs

What are the McConnell Botanical Garden hours?

The Gardens are open daily from dawn until 4 pm. Guests are cleared at 4 pm to prepare for the Glowing Wild evening event.

What is Glowing Wild?

It’s 10 acres of illuminated lanterns, music, food, and fun features across the McConnell Botanical Gardens for all ages. Displays are specially designed for Turtle Bay with various themed areas.

We’re coming from out of town. Where should we stay in Redding?

While there are many great options for places to stay in Redding, you can beat the convenience of a stay at the Sheraton Redding Hotel at the Sundial Bridge located just steps away from the entrance to Glowing Wild. The Sheraton is a pet-friendly hotel offering four-star amenities.

Can I bring my pet?

Sorry, only service dogs are permitted.

What food and drinks are available?

Enjoy kettle corn, wood-fired pizza, boba tea, specialty cocktails, beer, wine, soda, and more available inside the festival.

Are group discounts offered?

Yes! Groups of 50+ can email [email protected] for special rates.

What if it rains?

Tickets are non-refundable. A $5 upgrade to a Flex Ticket allows a one-time date change.

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