Dominion GardenFest of Lights
Nov. 28, 2014 - Jan. 12, 2015
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!
Nov. 28, 2014 - Jan. 12, 2015
(closed Dec. 24 & 25)
Nightly 5 - 10 p.m.
1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, VA 23228
This is a "rain or shine" event and is only closed for extreme inclement weather. Tickets are not date-specific.
Tickets will be available for purchase in early Nov.
$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)
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
DOMINION GARDENFEST GRAND ILLUMINATION
Friday, Nov. 28
Doors open: 5 p.m.
Illumination ceremony: 5:30 p.m.
Featuring Mike Steidley, an 11-time National Champion and Professional Trials, Freeride, and Stunt Rider. Also, the GardenKeeper, Butterfly Fairy & historic characters from the Garden's past.
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.)
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).
Caroling Tuesdays; 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Location:Various Garden locations
Holiday caroling throughout the Garden
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.
Musical Thursdays; 6-7 p.m. & 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Acoustic musicians perform festive entertainment.
GARDENFEST FOR FIDOS
Thursday, Dec. 4 & Thursday, January 8
Leashed pets allowed on these night ONLY.
The Garden Shop is a great and convenient way to do your holiday shopping! Hours during GardenFest:
Hours during GardenFest: 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Casual, yet inviting, setting with home-style soups, salad bar and sandwiches.
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.
*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+)
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. Please consider Dinner with Santa (below).
Each year we begin taking reservations for Saturday Brunch with Santa Oct. 1.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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