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Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights Illumination

Join Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden as we illuminate Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights, the region’s ultimate holiday extravaganza!   We’ll kick off the GardenFest holiday tradition with a countdown to flipping the switch on more than half-a-million twinkling lights. After the illumination, stroll through the Garden alight with sparkling radiance and featuring this year’s theme.  Then enjoy hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, warming fire with s’mores and hot chocolate (for purchase); family activities, and much more.

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Friday, November 24, 2017
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Event Details

Schedule of Events:

4 p.m.  – Doors open

5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. –  Everyone is invited to assemble on the Terrace Lawn in front of the Rose Garden for a special performance.

5:30 p.m.  The Garden Keeper and a representative from NBC12 will flip the giant light switch and the Garden will be illuminated.

The opening night is a popular event, so you may want to arrive early (4 p.m.) and enjoy the Garden and displays prior to the evening activities. Carpooling is also encouraged.

After the show, stay and enjoy Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights!


$13 adults
$11 seniors (age 55+)
$8 children (ages 3 – 12)
Free for children under age 3
$7: Garden members
$5: Child on Garden Membership (ages 3 – 17)

Ticketed event, learn more about Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights including ticketing and planning your visit. GardenFest runs nightly 5-10 p.m. Nov. 24, 2017 – Monday, January 8, 2018 (closed Dec. 24 & 25).  GardenFest is a “rain or shine”event.