Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter returns this Friday (Nov 27) and runs through January 11, 2016. I have a chance for you to win tickets at the bottom of this post!
- Nov. 27, 2015 – Jan. 11, 2016. (Closed Dec. 24 & 25) Nightly 5 – 10 p.m.
“A holiday tradition featuring more than half-a-million twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, firepit with s’mores and hot chocolate (for purchase); nightly family activities & more. The region’s ultimate holiday extravaganza!
This year’s “H2Whoa” theme showcases water in all its forms. Experience a dazzling 30-acre light and botanical display highlighting some of the many ways water surrounds us and shapes the world in which we live. Explore magical, whimsical re-imaginings of everyday water events. Stroll through twinkling “rainstorms” as crystal rain drops and fluffy storm clouds float overhead. Participate in a thunderstorm of lights! As the storm clears walk through a 75-foot rainbow of light to the warm yellow Rose Garden where our peacock dries its feathers. Dive into deep blue pools surrounded by glowing ocean life. Enjoy a dinner in the Tea House surrounded by a snow covered landscape dripping with ice. Make your way down the Rainbow Road beside a river of light. Dry off at the Warming Fire as you treat yourself to hot chocolate and s’mores, and then find your way through our maze of lights.
Indoors you can follow fish in a river to learn more about water and how to help improve our own waterways. Experience gorgeous botanical exhibits inspired by bog gardens and ocean life and enjoy multiple train displays. Step into the Conservatory to explore the ocean’s floor, discover a wintry wonderland, find rainstorms and rainbows, and visit a tropical rainforest.”
The Grand Illumination takes place this Friday, November 27, 2015, with a 5:30 p.m. countdown to flipping the switch on more than half-a-million twinkling lights.
Gardenfest ticket prices: $12 adults, $11 seniors (age 55+), $8 children (ages 3 – 12), Free for children under age 3
- Member Nights (free admission for members) are November 30, December 1 & 2, 2015 and January 11, 2016.
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.
- Publishes Nov. 19 and 26: good for Sunday, Nov. 29
- Publishes Dec. 3: good for Sunday, Dec. 6
- Publishes Dec. 31: good for Sunday, Jan. 3
- Publishes Jan. 7: good for Sunday, Jan. 10
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. Coupon valid December 4 – 10 and January 4 – 7 ONLY)
Here’s your chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets to Dominion GardenFest of Lights – just enter your name and email in the giveaway widget below (Enter your name and email first, then click on “click to enter” and enter your email again):
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Giveaway ends November 27, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST. One entry per person. I only collect your email address so that I can contact the winner. One winner will be selected at random to receive four tickets to Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Winner will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to respond.