Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights has been a favorite holiday tradition for more than 20 years. What makes it special? Simply put: the experience. At GardenFest, guests come first, which means that activities and events are designed to make every visitor feel like a part of the Lewis Ginter family. With a fresh, new theme each year, countless hand-made decorations, and a tremendous volunteer effort, GardenFest is truly a show that is “by the community, for the community.”
Bringing Art to Light
This year’s theme, Bringing Art to Light, celebrates Richmond’s thriving arts scene – and features more lights than ever before. GardenFest displays will use more than a million twinkling lights and showcase hand-crafted decorations inspired by well-known works of art, as well as highlight the role of nature as a muse for artists, architects, sculptors, dancers, and musicians.
Thanks to the incredible artistry, research, and attention to detail in this year’s display, GardenFest of Lights has been nominated for a 10Best/USA Today award for Best Botanical Garden Holiday Lights – and you can vote! Simply click here to cast your vote by December 10 and be on the lookout for the winner, being announced December 21, 2018
A Holiday Tradition For The Whole Family
With events and activities for the whole family, there’s no better place to start – or continue – your family’s holiday traditions. Kids (and parents!) of all ages will enjoy hand-crafted botanical decorations, visits with Santa, model trains and doll houses, holiday dinners and shopping, nightly family activities, and, of course, the Kelleher Warming Fire in the Children’s Garden with s’mores & hot chocolate (for purchase).
Plus, be sure to plan your visit around GardenFest’s many nightly activities such as:
- Merry Mondays: storytime in the Library and Santa sightings in the Conservatory (through Dec. 17)
- Caroling Tuesdays: strolling barbershop quartets
- Artful Wednesdays: guests can make art based on this year’s theme
- Musical Thursdays: acoustic music in the Library
Last but far from least, you won’t want to miss these special events happening during GardenFest:
- GardenFest Illumination: November 23, including Host of Sparrows Aerial Circus portraying “living statues,” performances by Henrico Pops Chorus ensembles, and the “grand illumination” at 5:30pm
- GardenFest for Fidos (leashed dogs allowed): December 6, 2018, and Jan. 3, 2019
- New Year’s Eve Family Frolic: December 31, 2018
GardenFest of Lights opens November 23, 2018 (the day after Thanksgiving) and will remain open nightly (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) from 5pm – 10pm until January 7, 2019. Tickets are $13 for adults; $11 for seniors (age 55+); $8 for children (ages 3 – 12); and free for children under age 3. Members receive a discounted price of $7 for adults and $5 for children.
Win a family four-pack of tickets to GardenFest!
And while we know that you’ll agree that your a trip to GardenFest of Lights is worth every penny, we’re offering three lucky families the chance to win a family four-pack of FREE tickets in a special holiday giveaway. Simply enter your information below and you’ll be registered to win!