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PHOTOS & EVENT DETAILS: Lewis Ginter Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights

GardenFest is open from November 21, 2022 – January 8, 2023. Closed Thanksgiving, Dec. 24 & 25. Open nightly 4 – 10 p.m. Advance tickets are REQUIRED and are available online only.

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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. 

FAMILIAR FAVORITES RETURN

  • 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 NIGHTS FOR MEMBERS

GARDENFEST FOR FIDOS
Leashed dogs allowed on for GardenFest for Fidos Nights on:

  • Monday, Nov. 21
  • Monday, Dec. 5
  • Monday, Jan. 2

LIVE MUSIC ON SELECT THURSDAYS 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  • Dec. 1 The Concert Ballet of Virginia “The Nutcracker”
  • Dec. 8 SPARC Caroling Around the Garden
  • Dec. 15 Henrico High School Choir Holiday Music
  • Jan. 5 Lucy Kilpatrick and Ken Kellner Holiday Jazz

GardenFest is open from November 21, 2022 – January 8, 2023. Closed Thanksgiving, Dec. 24 & 25. Open nightly 4 – 10 p.m. 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!

Members receive discounted admission on all evenings of GardenFest and free admission on select Member Nights! Consider joining as a Garden member for greater availability.

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