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Tickets on sale for the park’s ‘Candlelight Walk’ – Times-Standard

The 33-year-old winter tradition at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park returns to its original format in December. The “Candlelight Walk in the Redwoods” will take place in person Dec. 3-4 from 5-8 p.m. as a fundraiser for Redwood Parks Conservancy and the parks it supports, including National and Redwood State. Each evening is limited to 300 guests.

This community event, held in partnership with California State Parks and the National Park Service, features a nighttime walk through the ancient redwood forest of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park lit by more than 500 luminaries. Local storytellers and musicians will fill the night with stories and songs about winter, holidays and redwoods. Hot cider and cookies will be served upon returning to the Visitor Center after the walk.

A virtual broadcast will be offered this year on December 17 for those unable to attend in person. The virtual Candlelight Walk broadcast began two years ago in response to the pandemic and has garnered an incredible response from locals and redwood enthusiasts around the world. Thousands of families were able to share in the beauty of the ancient redwoods and show their support for these precious lands, wherever they call home.

Tickets for the 33rd Annual “Candlelight Walk Through the Redwoods” are only available at www.redwoodparksconservancy.org/33rd-annual-candlelight-walk-through-ancient-redwoods. No tickets will be available at the door. Ticket sales are non-refundable.

Doors open at 5 p.m. Enjoy snacks and refreshments, shop in the Visitor Center, bid on the Silent Auction, and listen to music until the walk begins at 6 p.m. The trail is ADA accessible and less than a half mile total to and from the center of the campfire. (No dogs, please.)

Individual tickets are $25. Tickets are free for children 12 and under. Luminaire sponsor tickets are $100 and include a ticket to the event on the night of your choice and sponsorship of one of the luminaries that line the trail in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. The first 60 luminary sponsors will receive an official Candlelight Walk poster and sticker. The Pay It Forward ticket is $25. This ticket includes registration for the Virtual Candlelight Walk on December 17 for someone who could not otherwise attend this special seasonal event.

Proceeds from tickets benefit Redwood Parks Conservancy, a local non-profit organization that supports the interpretive, educational, and preservation mission of Redwood National and State Parks, Smith River National Recreation Area , Tolowa Dunes State Park, Sue-Meg State Park, Fort Humboldt State Park, and other public lands along the North Shore.

Redwood Parks Conservancy is a tax-exempt organization whose mission is to support parks and public lands. For more information and to donate to the organization, go to https://redwoodparksconservancy.org/donate-rpc.