The City of Globe’s Besh Ba Gowah Archaeological Park and Museum presents the 34th annual Festival of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The festival creates a beautiful scene and wonderful combination of the Southwest holiday tradition of the lighting of the luminaria and the artistry of Native American cultural presentations. This year’s festival will feature 4,000 real candle luminarias illuminating the archaeological park’s partially reconstructed 800-year-old Salado Culture ruins. Guests are encouraged to walk among the luminarias and feel the magic of the season. The glowing of the luminarias creates a dramatic backdrop for cultural presentations by the internationally renowned Yellow Bird Productions and the Chi’Chino Spirit O’Odham Dance Group. Presentations will run periodically throughout the night until the festival concludes.
The Besh Ba Gowah Museum will be open to visitors for the duration of the event, and guests are welcome to view the exhibits and browse the unique items available in the gift store.
The event will also have food trucks offering a variety of delicious treats and local specialty merchandise vendors.
Admission to the event has always been free, although non-perishable food donati ns are encouraged in support of the Gila Community Food Bank.
Parking for the event fills up fast, so free shuttle services run every 15 minutes from 4 p.m. until the last call at 9 p.m. Shuttle parking is located at the Train Depot in downtown Globe, located at 230 S. Broad St.
Besh Ba Gowah Archaeological Park and Museum is located at 1324 S. Jesse Hayes Rd. in Globe. For more information, contact the museum at 928-425-0320 or visit globeaz.gov/besh-ba-gowah-archaeological-park-and-museum.