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! 

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Tickets Dominion GardenFest of Lights Living Color rainbow, image by Trevor Wrayton.
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.) or you may purchase tickets online.  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 – 17)

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

We will have a Pre-Purchased Ticket entry on select nights for people who have tickets on their phone or in hand for all in their party. This entry will be on nights with anticipated high visitation (Fridays, Saturdays and the week prior to Dec. 25). Our goal is to get you into the Garden as efficiently as possible so you can enjoy the show. Purchase online tickets.

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.

For bulk ticket sales see our GardenFest discounts page. For pre-registered group visits of 25 or more adults, visit the Dominion GardenFest of Lights event page.

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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 M&T Bank.

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The Richmond Times Dispatch and NBC12 are media sponsors.

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