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Please note that the Dominion GardenFest of Lights does not start until November 25th.
About This Year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights
Dominion GardenFest of Lights is a holiday tradition for many Richmond families. It features more than a half-million lights, botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. It will run nightly 5 – 10 p.m. from Nov. 25, 2016 through January 9, 2017 (closed Dec. 24 & 25). There is a new theme this year: Living Color, and a new event on Dec. 5: M&T Bank Lights Up for Reading.
Living Color explores how the world’s kaleidoscope of colors speaks to us, impacts nature and influences culture. Our world communicates through color and you’ll find a rainbow of sparkling colors at this year’s GardenFest of Lights. Color touches every facet of our life: The shades of fruits and vegetables signal the peak of ripeness for doses of color-coded nutrients. Pollinators seek flowers and nectar based on color cues. Minerals collect and form colors in gemstones, while flowers and foliage offer pigments for dyes that transform fabrics and papers. Even our moods are influenced by the wide-ranging colors from a spectacular winter sunset to half-a-million sparkling lights in a brilliant kaleidoscope of color.
See colorful translucent butterflies in flight, stained glass-inspired illuminations, sparkling white light transformed into a brilliant rainbow, floating flowers opening and reaching toward “sunlight,” fields of brightly colored blooms waving in the moonlight, illuminated spheres dancing in the sky and more!
Friday, Nov. 25
Dominion GardenFest Grand Illumination
4 p.m. Doors open
5-5:30 p.m. LED-Hula-Hoop Demonstrations by Circular Expressions
5:30 p.m. Illumination
After 5:30 p.m. Artists paint ‘en plein air’ at various times and locations
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 and Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017
Dominion GardenFest for Fidos
Leashed pets allowed on these nights only. A $2 suggested “pet admission” benefits Richmond SPCA
NEW EVENT! Monday, Dec. 5, 2016; 5 – 7 p.m.
M&T Bank Lights Up for Reading
Regular Garden admission
Location: Kelly Education Center Auditorium
The Garden teams up with “Go Nuts for Reading!” partners M&T Bank, the Children’s Museum of Richmond, and the Richmond Flying Squirrels for a new event during the popular Dominion GardenFest of Lights show. On Monday, December 5 from 5 – 7 p.m., special storytimes feature a host of fun characters, including the Garden’s own Garden Keeper and Nutzy and Nutasha from the Flying Squirrels. Stories will be read every half-hour and children can participate in a craft to make a literacy-themed holiday garland. Visitors are encouraged to bring a new or like-new book to donate to the RVA Book Buggy to be distributed to those in under-served communities.
December 31, 2016; 2 – 5 p.m.
New Year’s Eve Family Frolic
Regular Garden admission
Family activities in the afternoon with live entertainment and crafts. (Enjoy Dominion GardenFest of Lights in the evening from 5 – 10 p.m.)
Tickets are available at the Garden and online. Cost is $13 adults; $11 seniors; $8 children ages 3 – 12 and free for children under age 3.To learn more visit lewisginter.org.