Dominion GardenFest of Lights



Visit Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Dominion GardenFest of Lights
Through Jan. 12, 2015

(Closed Dec. 24 & 25)

This Year's Theme: A Legacy in Lights
120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden


Bicycles hanging from trees at Dominion GardenFest of LightsCelebrate the Garden’s 30th Anniversary at this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights!  Take a tour through time – via bicycle. Bringing 2014 to a close and ringing in 2015, this year’s display celebrates the 1984 opening of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and kicks off the celebration of the Lakeside Wheel Club founded by Lewis Ginter in 1895.

Right: Lighted bicycles hang from a Ginkgo tree near Bloemendaal House, which was the original Lakeside Wheel (Bicycle) Club. Photo: Sarah Hauser

Bicycles and lights along pathways Pathways filled with flowers aglow and bicycles blazing trails lead you to a bonfire where you can toast s’mores, enjoy an espresso or hot chocolate and climb our towering tree house to view the garden filled with lights. 
Left: Bicycles and "flower lights" made from recycled plastic bottles line pathways. Photo: Don Williamson



Bicycle sculpture by John Meola Pass under archways of light decked out in sparkling bicycle streamers, bells and baskets to visit the Conservatory.  Here the 20 foot tree comes to life as trucks and toys, lions and lace, tigers, trains, bicycles, bears, agriculture and even alligators all come together in a celebration of the many ways our namesake made his mark on our city.  You’ll also find the new North Wing train display where handcrafted historic Richmond landmarks reach to the moon and star filled sky and trains and trolley cars travel to and fro. 

Right: Bicycle sculpture by Richmond artist John Meola. Photo by Don WIlliamson.



 In the education center, explore the interactive train display, visit the library filled with dollhouses where you can warm by the fire and view the 14 foot tree covered in Victorian decorations and dozens of photographs depicting decades of growth as the Garden has become one of the best gardens in North America.  

This theme also celebrates the UCI Road World Cycling Championships coming to Richmond in 2015. Learn more about Richmond2015.

  • 500,000+: number of lights in the show

  • 25+: number of miles of light strands used

  • 150+: number of lighted forms in the display

  • 500+: flowers made from recycled bottles

  • 5,000: child-proof outlet protectors used at the end of lights strands to keep moisture out

  • 2 months: how long it takes to install the lights (and 6+ months of prep work).

  • 10: number of staff working 20 - 60 hours a week on GardenFest (Oct. 1 - Thanksgiving)

  • 200: number of volunteers helping prepare for GardenFest, working 3,976 hours (total)

  • 44: number of nights of Dominion GardenFest of Lights