Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights

GardenFest is open from November 19, 2021 – January 9, 2022. Closed Thanksgiving, Dec. 24 & 25. Open nightly 4 – 10 p.m.; Prepurchased ticket with arrival time required; Ticketed event. 

A favorite tradition featuring lights, decorations, model trains, dinners, hot chocolate (for purchase) & more! En español.

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Non-Member Tickets

Member Tickets

Ticket Availability

If the date or time you hope to buy tickets for is sold consider visiting on weeknights or after 8 p.m. Another option — become a garden member, member tickets tend to have greater availability.

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GardenFest Pricing

Children under age 3 do not need a ticket.

Stay Tuned for more info on our BONUS SEASON and FREE MEMBER NIGHTS

Members: Get free admission on Member Nights!  Learn about becoming a member.

Non-members: $14 adults; $8 youth (age 3-12); Museums for All (SNAP or WIC card shown at check in): $1 adult; $0 youth (age 3-12)

Please note: We are using the Eventbrite ticketing system used in previous years and there is a small service fee.

We are encouraging universal indoor masking while in public spaces for all regardless of vaccination status. For those who are not fully vaccinated, masks are required indoors at all times and outdoors when 6-foot social distancing is not possible.

Become a Member for the Best Value

Enjoy free admission on Member Nights! Receive special discounted pricing on all other nights.

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2021-2022 Theme: Naturally Connected

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights. Image by James Loving

Lights & Displays

  • Thousands of lights line garden paths and twinkle in trees under the night sky. Check back for more info on this year’s theme! Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights is designed so you and your loved ones and friends can relax, have fun and make special memories in a magical outdoor setting.
  • Look for a spiderweb maze, see the lifecycle of a butterfly in lights,  flowers made of lights, and of course, old favorites like the peacock. 
  • Trains in the Kelly Education Center are back! This year’s theme is “Farm to Table.”
  • Look for a live, cut 25-foot-tree in the Conservatory this year! You will be able to smell the fresh scent of pine in the North Wing. Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights flower lights. Image by Nicole Plummer
  • We will feature lit sculptures in the Garden featuring community-created poems from Orlosky Studio.
  • Look for a botanical tree in the Lora Robins Library and trees decorated by Henrico County Public School children in the Kelly Education Center hallway.

Planning Your Visit

  • Don’t miss a light! Check back for this year’s GardenFest Map (PNG).
  • Check back for dining options! View info on helpful tips for planning your visit, parking, & more.
  • Check back for info on hot chocolate, coffee and sweets.
  • GardenFest is a “rain or shine” event. The show continues even through heavy rain and cold temperatures. The Garden is closed only for severe weather. Any closure notices would be posted to the homepage ( and on social media.