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

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The highlight of the season . . .

~ Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday ~
November 25 — December 18, 2016

Doors open at 5:00pm  |  Last entry is at 7:15pm; lights out 7:30pm

Adult tickets are just $10 and children age 16 and under are free thanks to the funds raised by our spectacular annual benefit, the Festival of Lights Gala. Join us at the Gardens for live music, drinks, sweet treats, and fun in the big tent each evening of the Festival. Outside the tent, an unbelievable show of glittering color will draw you into the Gardens. This community event will run rain or shine each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 5:00pm to 7:30pm November 25 through December 18, 2016. 

We are adding a SECOND ENTRANCE for those who have pre-purchased tickets for speedy entry. You must have your tickets in hand to use the second entrance which will be located at the south end of the main parking lot... so get your tickets today! Tickets are now available for purchase at The Garden Store at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Harvest Market in Fort Bragg, Out of This World in Mendocino, Visit Mendocino in downtown Fort Bragg, or at the door! 

Please note: Electric carts will be available until 5:30pm (no carts if raining). Dress for winter—the event will run rain or shine! Parking is free but limited, please plan to carpool. 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.

LIVE MUSIC Nightly at Festival of Lights:

11/25     Jim & Morning Nichols
11/26     Shug-A-Pea
11/27     Dorian May Trio

12/2     Sergei Bassehes
12/3     Chuck Tourtillott
12/4     Fort Bragg High School Choir

12/9     Mendocino High School Choir
12/10    Shug-A-Pea
12/11     The Groovinators

12/16     Self-Fulfilling Prophecies
12/17     Pura Vida
12/18     Aaron Ford

Santa Claus will be visiting Nov 27, Dec 3, Dec 9, and Dec 17!

The Gardens would like to invite you to participate in the North Coast’s annual holiday celebration, Festival of Lights. We are asking for your support to help make this year’s event better than ever. Your donation of $25, $50, $100, or more will help us to keep the Gardens aglow for all to enjoy! Based on the value of your contribution, you may also qualify for one of our sponsorship levels:

  • Premier Sponsor—$5,000
  • Star Sponsor—$2,500
  • Light Sponsor—$1,000
  • Celebration Sponsor—$500
  • Holiday Sponsor—$250

We are thrilled to stage the 7th annual Festival of Lights for our community and the visitors it brings to Mendocino County. For more information on our many volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, please call 707-964-4352 ext 10. 

2016 Sponsorship Levels

Thank you to all who have already made contributions to the 2016 Festival of Lights and Gala!


Start Date: Friday, November 25, 2016

End Date: Sunday, December 18, 2016

Schedule Details: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays | 5:00pm–7:30pm | November 25–December 18, 2016

Location: Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Payment Information: $10 adults; children age 16 and under FREE.


Contact: The Garden Store

Contact Phone: 707-964-4352 ext.16

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