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Festival Of Lights


Come one, come all to the 7th Annual Festival of Lights at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Each winter the Gardens transforms into a spectacular show of glittering color. This year’s Festival will run rain or shine each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening from November 25 through December 18.

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 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 some of the best wine Mendocino County has to offer. The Holiday Sweets Cafe 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 are available for purchase at the Gardens’ gift shop, Harvest Market in Fort Bragg, Out of This World in Mendocino, or online at

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.

About the 2016 Festival of Lights November 25 - December 18, 2016. Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 5:00 pm-7:30 pm. Last entry is at 7:15 pm; lights out 7:30 pm. Carts will be available until 5:30pm. Dress for winter ”the event will run rain or shine! We are sorry, no dogs are allowed at Festival of Lights. General admission guest passes are not allowed for entry; an Event Ticket must be purchased as this is a fundraiser for the Gardens.

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