Hikari in Japanese refers to something bright, like a ray or flash. With that spirit comes the Hikari Festival of Lights at Tanaka Farms in Irvine.
In 2022, the Hikari Festival of Lights runs from November 25 to December 30.
Here’s what Tanaka Farms has to say:
Loosely translated, Hikari means shine in Japanese, and this holiday season we have really made Tanaka Farms shine with over a million twinkling lights!
Grab a hot cocoa and take a cozy Wagon Ride around the festively lit farm that will take you to the “Land of a Thousand Lanterns!” Once off the wagon, you will wander through the light displays, with photo opportunities throughout.
After the wagon ride, make your way down to the Festival Grounds where you can visit with the Barnyard Animals, grab some food from the TANAKA GRILL, take advantage of lots of photo ops, games, Arts & Crafts, meet Santa for a photo, and, of course, more holiday lights! (all activities are priced individually.)
Enjoy live music on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights!
Hikari is going to be closed on certain days, so it’s absolutely crucial to check with Tanaka Farms via the below information to make sure you don’t arrive on a day that it’s not open.
WE WILL BE CLOSED ON CHRISTMAS EVE, CHRISTMAS DAY, NEW YEAR’S EVE, AND NEW YEAR’S DAY SO THAT OUR TEAM MEMBERS CAN SPEND SOME QUALITY TIME WITH LOVED ONES.*
Hikari is open from 4:30pm – 10pm. Gates open at 4:30pm, last entry at 8pm. The first Holiday Wagon Ride departs at 5:30pm, once it gets dark, and runs continuously, about every 10 minutes with the last departure at 8:30pm. Entry gates close at 8pm, and Hikari closes promptly at 10pm.
*We will be closed on the following Monday and Tuesday evenings: 11/28, 11/29, 12/5, 12/6, 12/12, and 12/13
First of all, you should know that all active military personnel as well as veterans and military retirees receive free admission. Not bad!
The rest of guests will pay admission according to the time of day that they enter.
Below is the breakdown:
4:30pm & 5:00pm Entry: $25 per person (Children 2 & under are FREE)
5:30pm, 6pm, 6:30pm, & 7pm Entry: $30 per person (Children 2 & under are FREE)
7:30pm & 8pm Entry: $20 per person (Children 2 & under are FREE)
In addition, if you drive, you’ll need a parking pass, and that’ll set you back $10.
Another note here is that all tickets come with a free wagon ride, which is pretty good.
If you’re ready to buy tickets, then all you have to do is go to this link and then find the green button that says “Book Now”. Happy Holidays!