Dominion GardenFest of Lights 2014

 



Visit Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden


Dominion GardenFest of Lights
Through Jan. 12, 2015

(Closed Dec. 24 & 25)

A Legacy in Lights
120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden


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!

Lights at Dominion GardenFest of Lights with Conservatory in background

Through 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.

We are approaching our peak vistation time and we appreciate your patience. If gates are closed due to full parking lots, please check back in 30 minutes. Some other suggestions:

  • Please carpool when possible
  • Arrive early (4:30 p.m.) or later (after 8:30 p.m.) to avoid peak times (5:30–8:30 p.m.).
  • Purchase tickets in advance. You can buy tickets at the Admissions Desk in the Robins Visitor Center (open daily, 9 a.m. –10 p.m.); online; or by calling (1-800-594-TIXX, ext. 8499). Service charges apply for online and phone sales.




TICKETS

Guests at Dominion GardenFest of Lights photo by Patricia CancroTickets are on sale now at the Garden:
$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)
Tickets are also available by phone at 1-800-594-TIXX (8499) and online; please note there are convenience fees for phone and online sales:
Online sales for General Admission
Online sales for Garden Members

Member Nights (free admission for members) are Monday, Dec. 1, Tuesday, Dec. 2, Wednesday, Dec. 3 and Monday, January 12.
Learn more about Garden Membership (it may be your best deal),

SPECIAL EVENTS & NIGHTLY ACTIVITIES

The GardenKeeper and Butterfly Fairy at Dominion GardenFest of Lights

NEW YEAR'S EVE FAMILY FROLIC
Wednesday, Dec. 31

2 - 5 p.m.
Kelly Education Center

Jive with the "Ululating Mummies," take photos with GardenKeeper and Butterfly Fairy, make a party hat and "roll in the New year" with the annual hillside tumble (weather permitting.)


MONDAYS
Merry Mondays; 5 - 8 p.m.

Location: Library Reading Room.
Storytime fireside with Garden Keeper & visits from Butterfly Fairy. "Santa sightings" in the Conservatory (Mondays, 6 - 8 p.m. through Dec. 22).

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

Location:Various Garden locations
Holiday caroling throughout the Garden

WEDNESDAYS (except Dec. 31)
Crafty Wednesdays; 5 - 8 p.m.
Location:
Kelly Education Center, Classroom 1 (across from the train room) Families make vintage-inspired crafts with staff & volunteers.

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

GARDENFEST FOR FIDOS
Thursday, Dec. 4 & Thursday, January 8
Leashed pets allowed on these nights ONLY


 

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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 BY MERIWETHER GODSEY

 

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
Reservations are full

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

Learn more.
 

GARDENFEST DINNER WITH SANTA

Reservations are full
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 each year on 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) Don Williamson, Patricia Cancro, Stephanie Gross, Trevor Wrayton, Beth Monroe, Stephanie Gross, Scott Elmquist, Scott Elmquist