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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

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

Schedule of Events:

4 p.m.  – Doors open

5 p.m.  Everyone is invited to assemble on the Terrace Lawn and Rose Garden for special 30-minute performances:

5, 6, and 7 p.m. Fire spinning from Host of Sparrows Aerial Circus in the Rose Garden.

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

5:35 p.m. and 6: 30 p.m. Circular Expressions LED Hula Hoopers perform on the Conservatory Lawn.

6 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Barefoot Puppet Theatre performs “Dreamtime, Tales from Down Under” in the Kelly Education Center Auditorium.

Barefoot Puppets characters

Experience the magic of “The Land Down Under” in this performance inspired by Aboriginal folktales. A young platypus, Billy, has a tough time being nocturnal. Going to sleep in the middle of the day? His mother tries to help him settle in by sharing two stories from the Australian Dreamtime. In these “How and Why” tales, you’ll learn how the emu became a flightless bird and also meet a giant, bloated, ocean-swallowing frog!

After the shows, stay and enjoy Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights! The Asian Valley at Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights Image by Don Williamson


$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.