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Photos: Preview of Lewis Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights runs Monday, November 20, 2023, through Sunday, January 7, 2024. Tickets are required.




Details below but now onto the picture show.

Part of the magic of winter nights is how a twinkle of light can transform the darkness. Light up your nights this holiday season with a visit to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

What’s New: Rhythms of Nature Theme

Enjoy the Garden a glow as you experience nature and the rhythmic seasons of life that connect us all. Learn more about this year’s theme and numbers.

  • 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 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 4-9:45 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).
  • Dried botanicals and Fairy Houses displayed in the Robins Visitors Center, the Kelly Education Center, and the Lora M. Robins Library Reading Room.


FREE NIGHTS FOR MEMBERS: Nov. 17-19 and Jan. 1-7

Monday, Nov. 20
Monday, Nov. 27
Monday, Dec. 4


Tuesday, Nov. 28, 6:30-8:00 p.m.  The Concert Ballet of Virginia presents a short version of The Nutcracker (Cochrane Rose Garden)

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 6-8:00 p.m. VCU Vox Concordia and Vocal Chamber Ensemble (Conservatory); Deau Eyes (Cochrane Rose Garden)

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 6-8:00 p.m. The Greater Richmond Chorus (Cochrane Rose Garden)

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 6-8:00 p.m. Henrico High School Choir (North Wing of the Conservatory)

Ticket Info

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 an arrival time window. Popular times sell out quickly. Las entradas están disponibles en línea SOLAMENTE (no se venderán en ventanilla) Cada 30 minutos tiene un límite de entradas disponibles.

An optional Flex Ticket Add-On is available for $10 per ticket. Without the Flex Ticket Add-On, you cannot move your ticket. The Flex Ticket Add-On allows changes to be made to tickets. Please note: ticket change requests must be made at least two business days before the new date requested. Flex tickets will still be honored past the original date if not used. Guests switching from non-peak to peak times will have to pay the difference in ticket prices. All changes are subject to availability.

Members: Please be prepared to enter the name on your membership and the membership level.

Not a member? Consider joining as a Garden member for the best value.

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