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November 28; 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Dominion GardenFest Illumination

Friday, Nov. 28, 2014


Ticketed event, learn more about Dominion GardenFest of Lights including ticketing and planning your visit. GardenFest runs nightly 5-10 p.m. Nov. 28, 2014 - Monday, January 12, 2015 (closed Dec. 24 & 25). GardenFest is "rain or shine"event.
Please note: phone and online tickets must be purchased the day before your visit (by 5 p.m.) in order to be processed and placed in will-call.

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.


5 p.m. Be on the lookout for bicyclist from our local REI Short Pump location as you enter the Garden outfitted with lighted bikes! Then join12-time National Champion and Professional Trials, Freeride, and Stunt Rider, Mike Steidley, in the Rose Garden for an action packed mountain bike stunt show!

Everyone is invited to assemble on the Terrace Lawn in front of the Rose Garden at this time to enjoy the stunt show and help count down to the Illumination.

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


5:30 - 8:00 p.m.  EnergyCycleRVA will have children and adult bikes in the Azalea Room, located in the Kelly Education Center, powering our unicorn light figure! You will be able to power this 100+ strand, 9-foot tall unicorn by simply riding a bike.


6:00 - 6:30 p.m. Mike Steidley will perform an encore mountain bike stunt show in the Rose Garden followed by an autograph signing.