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

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Glittering Lights ~ Sweet Treats ~ Live Music

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

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

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. 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.

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.

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.


Avoid the parking lot hustle and bustle... The parking shuttle will be available each night of the Festival of Lights. The shuttle will pick up from the Mendocino Community College parking lot at 1211 Del Mar Dr, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 beginning at 4:45 PM and take you directly to the Gardens' entrance. The last shuttle pick-up from the College parking lot will be at 6:45 PM.


The "Will Call" entrance will be located at the south end of the main parking lot. Tickets are available now 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 pre-purchase your tickets to enjoy a more speedy entry!


Dress for winter—the event will run rain or shine! Parking is free (handicap spaces available), a complimentary shuttle will be picking up at Mendocino Community College nightly. We are sorry, no dogs are allowed at Festival of Lights. Personal mobility scooters and non-motorized mobility aids are permitted during the event. Due to safety issues, the Gardens' electric scooters are not available for rental during this event. Bring cash if you wish to purchase sweets or beverages. 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:

11/24 Jim & Morning Nichols — Blues, jazz, and country

11/25 Francis Vanek Quartet — Jazz

11/26 Matt Westmoreland — Bluegrass and honky-tonk

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12/1   Chuck Tourtillott — Classic rock, country, folk, and blues  .   *featuring Goldeneye Winery

12/2   Fort Bragg High School Choir  .   *featuring Foursight Wines

12/3   Business Casual — A cappella funk, folk, pop, soul, swing, and R&B

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12/8   Dorian May Trio — Jazz  .   *featuring Navarro Vineyards & Winery and Pennyroyal Farm & Vineyard

12/9   Shug-A-Pea — Eclectic contemporary  .   *featuring Fetzer Wines

12/10  Mendocino High School Choir

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12/15   Pura Vida — Salsa   (Cuban rumba, mambo, chachacha, cumbia, samba)

12/16  Aaron Ford — American roots music

12/17  The Groovinators — Blues, jazz, and swing

*On select nights local wineries are pouring. Those evenings will still be a cash bar and craft brews by North Coast Brewing Company will still be available.

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!

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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

Payment Information: $10 adults; children age 16 and under attend for FREE! Tickets are available 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. Tickets purchased in advance are valid for any night of the event.


Contact: The Garden Store

Contact Phone: 707-964-4352 ext 16

  • 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.