Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 47 acres of botanical bliss fronting the Pacific Ocean


2017 details coming soon...

Each winter the Mendocino Coast Botanical 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. 

The Gardens invites guests to create a holiday tradition and take a stroll along 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. 

Visitors can 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 Café offers hot cocoa, cider, and homemade goodies baked by members of Friends of the Gardens.

Would you like an invite to the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS GALA on Wednesday, November 29, 2017? Click here to receive an invitation!

PARTNER WITH US at the Gardens this holiday season, where beautiful blooms and crashing waves combine with good cheer and dazzling lights for an unforgettable experience. Festival of Lights is a 12–night event and Coast holiday tradition. Last year alone, the event hosted over 7,000 visitors, making it one of the most well-attended events on the Mendocino Coast!

Sponsorship Levels

Underwriting Opportunities

To all of our sponsors of the 2016 Festival of Lights, THANK YOU! We couldn't have done it without you...

:: Our Generous 2016 Sponsors  ::

Premier Sponsors

Mendo Lake Credit Union

Star Sponsors

Friends of the Gardens (FOG)

Handley Cellars

Harvest Market

KOZT the Coast FM

North Coast Brewing Company

Light Sponsors

Balo Vineyards

Fathers & Daughters Cellars

Panthea Winery & Vineyard

Redwood Investments

Savings Bank of Mendocino

Scharffenberger Cellars

Seebass Vineyards & Family Wine

Signal Ridge Vineyard

Witching Stick Wines

Celebration Sponsors


Fetzer Wines

Jackson Family Wines

U.S. Cellular

Holiday Sponsors

Artevino/Maple Creek Winery

Brewery Gulch Inn

Jaxon Keys Winery & Distillery

Mendocino Coast Clinics

Pacific Physical Therapy

Purple Rose Mexican Restaurant

Pyorre Insurance Agency

Racines Office & Art Supply/Spunky Skunk Toy Store

Stanford Inn by the Sea

Thompson's PortaSeptic Services

Additional Sponsors

BARRA of Mendocino

Beach House Inn

The Beachcomber Motel

Bink Wines

Boonville Cider House

Glendeven Inn

Harbor RV Park

Jug Handle Creek Farm and Nature Center

Lodging & Llamas

Pacific Textile Arts

Surf & Sand Lodge

Todd Farmhouse Antiques

Toulouse Vineyards


Start Date: Friday, November 24, 2017

End Date: Sunday, December 17, 2017

Schedule Details: ~ Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday ~ November 24 — December 17, 2017

Location: Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

  • Partner with us at the Gardens this holiday season, where beautiful blooms and crashing waves combine with good cheer and dazzling lights for an unforgettable experience.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors, Gardens’ staff and volunteers, and community members, all of whom make this annual event possible.