Dominion GardenFest of Lights

 



Dominion GardenFest of Lights

The next Dominion GardenFest of Lights is Nov. 28, 2014 - Jan. 12, 2015.


A holiday tradition featuring more than half-a-million twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, firepit with s'mores and hot chocolate (for purchase); nightly family activities & more. The region's ultimate holiday extravaganza!

Conservatory at Dominion GardenFest of Lights by SJ Collins Photography

Nov. 28, 2014 - Jan. 12, 2015
(closed Dec. 24 & 25)
Nightly 5 - 10 p.m.
1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, VA 23228 Map

This is a "rain or shine" event and is only closed for extreme inclement weather. Tickets are not date-specific.
 



TICKETS

Guests at Dominion GardenFest of Lights photo by Patricia CancroTickets will be available for purchase in the fall.
$12 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 - 18)
There are also several Member Nights with free admission for members.
Learn more about Garden Membership (it may be your best deal),


PLAN YOUR VISIT

Family admiring holiday tree at Dominion GardenFest of Lights

Tips and Frequently Asked Questions

Visiting with Children

 

PHOTOS, VIDEO & SOCIAL MEDIA

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Waterfall and lights during Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter

See a PHOTO GALLERY.

VIDEO of Dominion GardenFest of Lights.

GardenFest by the Numbers



Dominion GardenFest of Lights photo opportunity

NIGHTLY ACTIVITIES

The GardenKeeper and Butterfly Fairy at Dominion GardenFest of LightsMONDAYS
Merry Mondays; 5 - 8 p.m.

Location: Library Reading Room.
Storytime fireside with Garden Keeper & visits from Butterfly Fairy.

 

 

TUESDAYS
Caroling Tuesdays; 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Location: Throughout the Garden

WEDNESDAYS
Crafty Wednesdays; 5 - 8 p.m.
Location:
Education and Library Complex, Classroom 1 (across from the train room) Families can join Garden staff and volunteers and make crafts.

THURSDAYS
Musical Thursdays; 6-7 p.m. & 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Location:
Library
Acoustic musicians perform festive entertainment.

GARDEN SHOP

The Garden Shop during Dominion GardenFest of Lights

The Garden Shop is a great and convenient way to do your holiday shopping! Hours during GardenFest:

 

DINING

GARDEN CAFE

Hours during GardenFest: 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Casual, yet inviting, setting with home-style soups, salad bar and sandwiches.


TEA HOUSE

Nightly; 5 - 9 p.m. (closed Dec. 24 & 25 and Jan. 1 - 31)

Exceptional fare complemented by wines and picturesque Asian Valley views. Reservations: (804) 262-9887, ext. 329.

GARDENFEST MENU

*Pre-purchase your GardenFest ticket in person or online before the night of your reservation and you'll be able to bypass admission lines. With ticket in hand, you can enter the Garden. Please note: there is a service charge for online purchases and you do need to purchase by 5 p.m. the day prior to your visit. When you purchase online, you pick up your tickets at the will-call/information table in the Visitors Center.
If you plan to purchase tickets when you come for your reservation, please allow ample time as we are entering a very busy season of visitation.


GARDENFEST DINNERS (Group Dining 15+)

Sunday- Tuesday

Robins Room Seatings (semi-private), 5:30 & 7:30 PM

Delightful holiday dining option for groups of 15 people or more. Includes GardenFest admission. Reservations required, (804) 262-9887, ext. 345.
Learn more about GardenFest Dinners, including menu and pricing.

SATURDAY BRUNCH WITH SANTA

Each year we begin taking reservations for Saturday Brunch with Santa Oct. 1.
 

GARDENFEST DINNER WITH SANTA
Auditorium (semi-private)
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Family-friendly dining for groups of any size, featuring Santa's visit. Limited seating; reservations required: (804) 262-9887, ext. 345 or 224. Includes GardenFest admission. Cameras welcome. Reservations begin August 1.

 

HOLIDAY CATERED EVENTS

From Nov. 28 - Jan. 12 your private party, meeting or banquet includes elegantly decorated facilities and scrumptious fare, plus the ultimate in holiday entertainment: free admission to GardenFest. To learn more, call (804) 262-9887, ext. 345 or 224 or facilityevents@lewisginter.org.

See details including spaces and pricing.

GUIDED GROUP TOURS

GARDENFEST OF LIGHTS EARLY BIRD TOUR

December 1, 2014 - January 9, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
By reservation
Knowledgeable Garden Guides lead your private group of 15 - 40 adults in early-evening exploration of Dominion GardenFest of Lights. As darkness falls, your "early bird" access reveals the region's most magical light show as it glows bright!

  • For tour only, call (804) 262-9887, ext. 320.
  • For tour with group dining (begins 4:30 p.m.), contact Facility Events at ext. 345 or 224. Tours start at the Robins Visitors Center.

 

 

 

THANK YOU FOR VISITING AND SUPPORTING

LEWIS GINTER BOTANICAL GARDEN!

Photo credits: (Top to bottom) S.J. Collins Photography, Stephanie Gross, Patricia Cancro, Trevor Wrayton, Beth Monroe, Stephanie Gross, Scott Elmquist, Scott Elmquist