GardenFest Has Ended for the Season

Dates for the next GardenFest are Monday, November 20, 2023-Sunday, January 7, 2024. (Member Preview Weekend is Nov. 17-19, 2023.) Please note the information on this page reflect last year’s information and will be updated as we refine plans for the upcoming season.

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights

Advance tickets are REQUIRED and are available online only (no walk-ups). Tickets are limited and have timed arrivals. Popular times sell out quickly. A favorite tradition featuring lights, decorations, model trains, dinners, hot chocolate (for purchase) & more!

Garden Members, the remaining nights are free for you; however, you MUST reserve your place in advance through our ticketing system. Consider joining as a Garden member for greater availability.

GardenFest Tickets

Children under age 3 do not need a ticket.

Advance tickets are REQUIRED and are available online only (no walk-ups). Tickets are limited and have timed arrivals. Popular times sell out quickly. For pricing info click through to the type of ticket you want.

Las entradas están disponibles en línea SOLAMENTE (no se venderán en ventanilla) Cada 30 minutos tiene un límite de entradas disponibles.

Language Translation: Please note the drop-down menu at the bottom right of our website pages offering translations into different languages.

Tips to get your GardenFest Tickets

Lights & Displays

The 2022-2023 Theme is Seeds of Light

Part of the magic of winter nights is how a twinkle of light can transform the darkness. In the natural world, seeds hold a similar mystical power. So tiny, yet so mighty, seeds are the “spark of life” containing the secrets of a never-ending creation. This year, Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights celebrates their wonder with the theme: “Seeds of Light.” Through the sparkle of more than a half-million lights, imaginative displays, and memorable experiences, GardenFest takes inspiration from seeds and fruits to reveal an interconnected world of incredible diversity, amazing strategies, and enduring beauty. Light up your nights this holiday season with a visit to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

  • Millions of lights line garden paths and twinkle in trees under the night sky. Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights is a walk-through experience designed so you and your loved ones and friends can relax, have fun and make special memories in a magical outdoor setting. 


  • A 22-foot-tall, cut, live tree in the Conservatory. Decked out in a botanical theme, this tree promises to be a favorite photo opportunity.
  • Model trains return to the Kelly Education Center nightly 4-9:30 p.m.
  • Trees decorated by Henrico County Public Schools students brighten the Lora Robins Library; botanical decorations also grace the cozy Library Reading Room.
  • The Kelleher Warming Fire in the Children’s Garden is a great spot to warm up, drink hot chocolate, and roast s’mores (available for purchase at the nearby Carriage House).

Special Nights


  • FREE Member Nights: Jan. 2-8

Leashed dogs allowed for GardenFest for Fidos Night on Monday, Jan. 2


  • Thursday, Jan. 5; 6-8 p.m. Lucy Kilpatrick and Ken Kellner – Holiday Jazz (Tea House)

GardenFest Map

Click on the GardenFest Map image (JPG) above to view or download it in a higher resoultion.

Portions of the Children’s Garden are not part of this year’s show as we work on two exciting new projects: a brand-new WaterPlay and enhancements to the Klaus Family Tree House. Thank you for understanding as we bring you these wonderful improvements in 2023!

Food & Drink

The Restaurant at Lewis Ginter (Garden Cafe) has sit-down dining; the Jingle Bar and Grill (Tea House) has grab and go casual fare and a bar.

The Restaurant at Lewis Ginter (location: Garden Cafe)
Nov. 25-Dec. 18: Thursdays-Sundays only

Dec. 19-Jan. 1: Nightly
Open 5-8:30 p.m.; last reservation at 8:30 p.m.
Make your GardenFest visit extra special with a festive holiday dinner.  Reservations are highly recommended and are online only through OpenTable. *When making a reservation, please make sure that you book your GardenFest tickets first before choosing a time for dining.

Jingle Bar & Grill (location: Tea House)
Nov. 21-Jan. 8
Open 4:30-9 p.m. (serving alcohol until 8:30 p.m.)
Your “go-to” for food and drink at GardenFest. The Tea House offers grab and go items such sandwiches, soups, salads and snacks. Drinks include sodas and water, plus adult beverages. Items are packaged so that you may enjoy them as you walk through the lights.

On Select Nights: Jingle Bar (location: Cochrane Rose Garden)
Dec. 16, 17, 21, 26-31; Jan. 2, 6 & 7
5-9 p.m.
(serving alcohol until 8:30 p.m.)
Subject to weather
Enjoy adult beverages, snacks and more, available for purchase

Espresso-A-Go-Go: (location: Children’s Garden Carriage House)
Hot drinks, s’mores kits, and snacks available for purchase; near the Kelleher Warming Fire.
Prices range from drip coffee and teas ($3) to specialty coffees & teas ($5-$6); s’mores & pastries ($5); bottled water ($2).

For More Dining Experiences including Holiday Rentals, please visit Holiday Events and Private Parties.


The Garden Shop in the Visitors Center is known for its outstanding, high-quality merchandise. A great place for all your gift-giving needs!

Know Before You Go

These GardenFest FAQs provide helpful info and tips for planning your visit, parking and more. Carpool if you can!


Thank You to Our Title Sponsor

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Thank You to Our Other Sponsors

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