Making The Most Of Autumn
September 30, 2018

Festival Of Lights At The Gardens

2018 Festival of Lights

Come one, come all to the 9th Annual Festival of Lights at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Each winter the Gardens transforms into a spectacular show of glittering color. The Festival of Lights will run rain or shine each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening from November 23 through December 16.

2018 Festival of LightsCreate 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.

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 starting in mid-October.

2018 Festival of LightsFor a more extravagant preview 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 Saturday, November 17 at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.

This grand event helps support our unique botanical treasure that can only be maintained, strengthened, and shared through the philanthropic support of our donors, members, community, and volunteers.

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. Visit for more details.