Tips for Visiting Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights
Planning Your Visit: Helpful Tips, Parking, Food & More
How do timed tickets work?
What is your mask policy?
Is there a gathering place where I can meet my family or friends?
How can I avoid expedite my entry to GardenFest?
I bought a FLEX ticket. How can I transfer my ticket
Can I get a refund?
Do you have a will call for tickets?
Are you open on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Christmas Eve? What about New Year's Eve and New Year's Day?
What if it's raining or snowing?
How much is parking?
How much is parking?
I'd like to come when it's less busy. When are your slowest nights?
Can I bring my own food in?
What are my dining and snack options?
How do s'mores work?
Will you have a fire this year?
Do you have wheelchairs & strollers for us to borrow?
Is there a map?
Do I need a ticket in advance?
Where is the maze?
Will you have the Bling House?
Can I bring my dog?
- Leashed dogs are allowed on these select Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights nights: Thursday, December 2, 2021, and Thursday, January 6, 2022. Please read our rules and guidelines for visiting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden with dogs.
All Tickets are Online in Advance
with 30-minute Arrival Window
- All Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights tickets are online ONLY (no walk-ups). You choose an arrival time. Children under age 3 do not need a ticket; Garden members must reserve their tickets too.
- The Garden continues to follow CDC recommendations and state guidelines for COVID-19 and is encouraging universal indoor masking while in public spaces for all, regardless of vaccination status. For those not fully vaccinated, masks are required indoors at all times and outdoors when 6-foot social distancing is not possible.
HOW TO FIND
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is located at 1800 Lakeside Avenue in Richmond, Virginia (23228). If you are using GPS, you may want to use “Henrico” instead of “Richmond.” We’re on the corner of Lakeside Avenue and Hilliard Road in Henrico County. The Garden entrance is off of Lakeside Avenue. Map.
DO YOU WALK OR DRIVE
THROUGH THE LIGHTS?
GardenFest is a walk-through show. We encourage guests to dress accordingly with good footwear and weather-appropriate clothing.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE
TO SEE THE LIGHTS?
We advise guests to allow at least an hour for their GardenFest visit (this would mean arriving by 9 p.m. since GardenFest ends at 10 p.m.) For those who don’t want a lot of walking, there is much to see in the Central Garden (between the Visitors Center and Conservatory); however, there are many lights along the Garden’s pathways and in the Children’s Garden for those who want to “experience it all!”
Limited parking is free and available on-site. Please note parking is limited. Carpool if you can.
ANY TIPS FOR
VISITING WITH CHILDREN?
GardenFest of Lights is a family-friendly event! If you are bringing small children, please note there is walking involved, so you may want to bring a stroller. Due to COVID, we are unable to lend strollers. Since the show is outdoors, it’s also a good idea to dress children according to the weather.
Come early! Arrive early and explore the Garden in twilight when it’s less busy, then watch as the sun goes down and the magic happens. Timed tickets start at 4 p.m. Hot drinks are available for purchase in the Children’s Garden.
WHAT KIND OF FOOD
IS AVAILABLE AT GARDENFEST?
Look for fast-casual dining in the Garden Cafe well as drinks and snacks. In the Children’s Garden, Espresso-A-Go-Go sells hot drinks and cookies ranging in price from $3 to $6.
WHAT HAPPENS IF
THE WEATHER IS BAD?
Our guests’ safety is our number one priority. We close GardenFest in cases of extreme inclement weather and notices will be posted on our website and phone message system. We do not close if it is simply raining.
Details on our GardenFest Discounts page.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a non-profit organization. Our mission is education, and our passion is connecting plants and people to improve our community. Dominion GardenFest of Lights is an extremely popular holiday light show, and visitation during GardenFest allows us to reach a wider audience in pursuit of that mission. Revenues generated during the event help fund our mission-related activities year-round, including the display gardens, our Community Kitchen Garden growing fresh produce for FeedMore (the local food bank) and educational programs for young students, many of whom come free of charge.
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