Visit Dominion GardenFest of Lights: Living Color

Nov. 25, 2016 – January 9, 2017  (Closed Dec. 24 & 25)
Nightly 5 – 10 p.m.

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! 

Tickets rainbow at Dominion GardenFest of Lights. Photo by Rick Stillings
A “rain or shine” event; only closed for extreme weather. Tickets are not date specific and may be purchased at the Garden (9 a.m. – 10 p.m.) and online (link to come).  Please note tickets ordered online have a convenience fee.

$13 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)

In order to accommodate groups and guests arriving early for GardenFest, we begin charging GardenFest admission at 4 p.m.

Bulk Tickets

25 – 99 tickets         $1 off per adult ticket
100+ tickets              $2 off per adult ticket

  • Adult tickets only (all other tickets are already considered discounted)
  • Not tied to a specific date
  • All tickets do not have to be used at the same time
  • Purchased in one transaction with a single payment; cash or credit card only; no refunds
  • In person or by phone (804) 262-9887 ext. 300 using a credit card starting Nov. 2.

To learn more about pre-registered group visits for 25 or more adults, visit the Dominion GardenFest of Lights event page.

GardenFest of Lights Illumination with colorful LED hula hoops demonstrations is Friday, November 25.

Member Nights (free admission for members): November 28, 29, 30 and January 9, 2017.  Learn more about Garden Membership and member privileges, including special ticket pricing (it may be your best deal).

Join us for GardenFest for Fidos on Thursday, December 1, 2016 and  Thursday, January, 5, 2017.

Scroll Down for more info on Planning Your Visit: Helpful Tips, Visiting with Children, Discounts, Parking, Food & More.

Living Color

This year’s GardenFest theme explores color: how the world’s kaleidoscope of colors speaks to us, impacts nature and influences culture. Enjoy a phenomenal light show, fascinating exhibits and fun-tastic events, all in Living Color!

Our world communicates through color and you’ll find a rainbow of  sparkling colors at this year’s GardenFest of Lights. Color touches every facet of our life: The shades of fruits and vegetables signal the peak of ripeness for doses of color-coded nutrients. Pollinators seek flowers and nectar based on color cues. Minerals collect and form colors in gemstones, while flowers and foliage offer pigments for dyes that transform fabrics and papers. Even our moods are influenced by the wide-ranging colors from a spectacular winter sunset to half-a-million sparkling lights in a brilliant kaleidoscope of color.

See colorful translucent butterflies in flight, stained glass-inspired illuminations, sparkling white light transformed into a brilliant rainbow, floating flowers opening and reaching toward “sunlight,” fields of brightly colored blooms waving in the moonlight, illuminated spheres dancing in the sky and more! Explore Living Color and experience a light-filled adventure glowing with the vibrant hues of our world.

Dominion GardenFest of Lights is sponsored in part by the Richmond Times Dispatch.

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