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The 8th Annual Festival of Lights

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens Festival of Lights.

Come one, come all to the 8th Annual Festival of Lights at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Each winter the Gardens transforms into a spectacular show of glittering color. The 8th Annual Festival of Lights will run rain or shine each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening from November 24 through December 17.

Create a holiday tradition and take a stroll along the Gardens’ twinkling pathways lined with inventive displays. After dark, the Succulent Garden morphs into a fantastic underwater scene of seaweed and floating jellyfish. A sailing brig that struck nearby reefs back in 1850 is reanimated with dazzling lights amidst the Gardens’ nationally recognized Heath and Heather Collection. A visit to Santa’s workshop (also known as Rhody’s Garden Café during the summer months) will delight the little ones and give families a chance to snap a keepsake photo with Santa Claus on select nights.

Warm up and wind down in a beautifully decorated tent complete with live music, local craft brews, and wine. The Holiday Sweets Café offers hot cocoa, cider, and homemade goodies baked by members of Friends of the Gardens.

Tickets to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens Festival of Lights are $10 each, children age 16 and under attend for free! The Gardens is adding a second entrance for those who have pre-purchased tickets for speedy entry. Festival tickets will be available for purchase at the Gardens’ gift shop, Harvest Market in Fort Bragg, Out of This World in Mendocino, or online at www.GardenByTheSea.org starting in late October.

For a more intimate viewing of the holiday lights display… the Festival of Lights Gala offers an evening of treats and surprises, live music, scrumptious bites, champagne, local craft brews, and some of the best wine Mendocino County has to offer. This year’s Gala will be held on Wednesday, November 29 at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. This grand event raises funds to allow all children age 16 and under free admission to the Festival.

Join us at the Gardens this holiday season, where beautiful blooms and crashing waves combine with good cheer and dazzling lights for an experience you won’t soon forget.