Lewis Ginter Transformed with the Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights

Lewis Ginter Transformed with the Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights

One million twinkling lights, handcrafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, firepit with s’mores and hot chocolate (for purchase); nightly family activities & more.

Inspired by Seurats A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Image by Tom Hennessy

The Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights opened at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens on November 23rd and will be lighting up the grounds until January 7th. Over a million lights enhance the beautiful gardens and the theme, “Bringing Art to Light” features everything from van Gogh and Monet to Bob Ross, Totoro and Pikachu.

The GardenFest of Lights also features, handcrafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, firepit with s’mores and hot chocolate (for purchase); nightly family activities & more. 

Pikachu at Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights by Tom Hennessy

This year, famous works of art will come alive during Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights. The exhibition will reinterpret well-known works of art in a spectrum of sparkling color, inviting guests to discover how sculpture, dance, music and paintings are informed by the natural world. Visitors will wander through a festive landscape alight in glimmering radiance and delight in handcrafted botanical decorations, all designed to illuminate nature and her power to inspire.

Conservatory at Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights Image by Trevor Wrayton

The lights are a such a hit that they’re in the running to be named one of the BEST BOTANICAL GARDEN HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOWS in the US. This is decided by your online votes (hit that previous link) and there are only 5 days left to vote — it only takes a second. You can vote once per day, per device. You could help Lewis Ginter officially claim what we know in our hearts, that they’re one of the BEST.

This Thursday is a special night for GardenFest of Lights as they open their doors for your canine companions at GardenFest for Fidos. Your pup is welcome if he/she is leashed and can handle the stress of crowds, lights and other pups. A $2 donation to the Richmond SPCA is recommended as the fee for your fluffy friend.

Tickets Members:

  • $7: Garden members
  • $5: Child on Garden Membership (ages 3 – 17)
  • Free for children under age 3

Tickets Non-members:

  • $13 adults
  • $11 seniors (age 55+)
  • $8 children (ages 3 – 12)
  • Free for children under age 3

GardenFest is a “rain or shine” event; only closed for extreme weather and on December 24th & 25th.

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