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Dominion Energy
GardenFest of Lights Illumination

Join Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden as we illuminate Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights, the region’s ultimate holiday extravaganza!  We’ll kick off the GardenFest holiday tradition with a countdown to flipping the switch on one million twinkling lights. After the illumination, stroll through the Garden alight with sparkling radiance and featuring this year’s theme.  Then enjoy hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, warming fire with s’mores and hot chocolate (for purchase); family activities, and much more.

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Friday, November 23, 2018
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Event Details

GardenFest Illumination

The opening night is a popular event so you may want to arrive early (4 p.m.) and enjoy the Garden and displays prior to the evening activities. Carpooling is also encouraged.

Schedule of Events:

4 p.m.  Doors open

5:30 p.m.  The Garden Keeper and a representative from NBC12 will flip the giant light switch in the Cochrane Rose Garden and the Garden will be illuminated.

5:30-9:30 p.m. Explore the Conservatory and interact with living statues from Host of Sparrows Aerial Circus.

5:30-7:30 p.m LED hoop dancers from Circular Expressions dazzle and delight in front of the Conservatory.

6-8 p.m. Enjoy ensemble performances of seasonal favorites by Henrico Pops Chorus — throughout the Garden.

5:30-10 p.m. Stroll the Garden enjoying the first glimpse of this year’s Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights! The Asian Valley at Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights Image by Don Williamson


$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)

Ticketed event, learn more about Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights including ticketing and planning your visit. GardenFest runs nightly 5-10 p.m. Nov. 23, 2018 – Monday, January 7, 2019 (closed Dec. 24 & 25).  GardenFest is a “rain or shine” event. 

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