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Dominion Energy
GardenFest of Lights

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights is a holiday tradition featuring more than one million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday activities & more.  To learn more details about Lewis Ginter lights, this year’s theme and tips for your visit, see our main Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights page.   Event runs Nov. 23, 2018 – Jan. 7, 2019  (Closed Dec. 24 & 25).


This year, famous works of art will come alive during Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights. The exhibition will re-interpret well-known works of art in a spectrum of sparkling color, inviting guests to discover how sculpture, dance, music and paintings are informed by the natural world. Visitors will wander through a festive landscape alight in glimmering radiance and delight in handcrafted botanical decorations, all designed to illuminate nature and her power to inspire.

Ticket Pricing

$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)

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.

Wednesday, December 12 is NBC12 Night at Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights; learn more.

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.

Scroll down for more info on this event including bulk ticket sales, discounts and group rates.

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Friday, November 23, 2018 - Monday, January 7, 2019
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Event Details

Lewis Ginter Lights from the perspective of our visitors, via Instagram, Dominion GardenFest of LightsTicketed event

Nov. 23, 2018 – Jan. 7, 2019  (Closed Dec. 24 & 25)
A holiday tradition featuring one million twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. Visit often to fully experience GardenFest — the region’s ultimate holiday extravaganza! Go for the glow of more than a million lights and make warm memories of time spent with family and friends.

Great shopping, dining, tours & more!

GardenFest of Lights is a “rain or shine” event and is only closed for extreme inclement weather.

Events include:

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights Illumination — November 23, 4-10 p.m.

Member Nights — Member and Volunteer Nights (free admission for members and volunteers) November 26, 27, 28, 29, 2018, and Jan. 7, 2019

GardenFest for Fidos — Thursday, December 6, 2018, and Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019.

NBC12 Night at Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights–Wednesday, December 12

New Year’s Eve Family Frolic
December 31, 2018


Merry Mondays
5 – 8 p.m.
Location: Library Reading Room; Santa “sightings” in the Conservatory on Mondays through Dec. 17. Storytime fireside with the Garden Keeper.

Caroling Tuesdays “Four in the Morning” strolls the Garden with musical medleys.
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Throughout the Garden

On Artful Wednesdays families can participate in interactive art-making, creating projects based on displays from this year’s theme.  5-8 p.m. in the Kelly Education Center, Classroom 1 (across from the train room).

Musical Thursdays
6 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Location: Lora Robins Library
Acoustic musicians perform festive entertainment.  Learn more.


Come toast s’mores (for purchase) and warm up at the Kelleher HVAC Warming Fire.

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

Group Rates

  • Pre-registered groups of 25 or more adults
  • Group rates of $11 per person available on adult tickets only
  • Good on a specific date only
  • All members of the group visiting at the same time
  • Contact [email protected] or 804-262-9887 x320 to schedule your self-guided group visit
  • Groups looking for a guided visit to GardenFest can explore our Early Bird Tour options for groups of 15 or more to view Lewis Ginter lights ($14 per person — admission included)


  • Richmond Times-Dispatch Press Pass; Buy One, Get One Free admission on select Sundays
    Publishes on Thursdays in the Weekend Section; 
    coupon must be presented at the Garden’s Visitors Center for discount, no photocopies accepted, no other discounts apply, one free admission per coupon. Visit our Discounts page for more information. 
  • Richmond Valpak Coupon; $3 off one GardenFest ticket
    Valpak is mailed to Richmond-area residences; 
    offer valid with coupon only. One coupon per person. May not be combined with other discounts including member discount. No photocopies accepted. Visit our Discounts page for more information. 

GardenFest runs Nov. 23, 2018 – Jan. 7, 2019  (Closed Dec. 24 & 25)

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.