Glittering Lights ~ Sweet Treats ~ Live Music
Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
November 23 — December 16, 2018
Doors open at 5:00PM
Last entry is at 7:00PM; lights out 7:30PM
Each winter the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens transforms into a spectacular show of glittering color. The 9th annual Festival of Lights will run rain or shine each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening from November 23 through December 16, 2018. 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. This year's Gala will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2018, offering music, drink, and flavorful fare, and a one-of-a-kind preview of the lights — CLICK HERE for more information about the Gala.
The Gardens invites you to create a holiday tradition and take a stroll along twinkling pathways lined with inventive displays. 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.
Santa Claus will be at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens during the Festival of Lights on Saturday, December 1 and Saturday, December 15 from around 5:30 to 7:30PM. Be sure to bring your holiday wish list and bring the family and snap a photo with good 'ol St. Nick!
Tickets are $10 per adult, kids age 16 and under attend for FREE! All proceeds from this fundraiser event help to support this community event and the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.
Tickets are available at The Garden Store at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Harvest Market in Fort Bragg, Out of This World in Mendocino, or at the door. Tickets for Festival of Lights can be used for any day of the event and do not sell out for any date. This year we will have dedicated Will Call entrances at the main entry and at the south end of the main parking lot. This way, you can get into the Festival of Lights using any entrance!
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.
Dress for winter—the event will run rain or shine! Parking is free but limited, please plan to carpool or take the Festival Parking Shuttle (see details above). Electric mobility scooters will not be available for rent during the event. We are sorry, no dogs are allowed at the Festival of Lights. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is well-known for its pet-friendly nature. However, during this special event, we ask that you please keep your pets (service animals excluded) at home or arrange for doggy daycare. No outside food or beverages allowed. No smoking anywhere in the Gardens. No refunds as all proceeds will be donated to our nonprofit botanical gardens. General admission guest passes are not allowed for entry; an event ticket must be purchased as this is a fundraiser for the Gardens.
Special event photography: Festival of Lights is an event where photography, audio, and video recording may occur. By entering the event, you consent to be photographed, filmed and/or otherwise recorded. Your entry constitutes your consent to such photography, filming and/or recording and to any use in promotion of Festival of Lights and the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens (MCBG).
LIVE MUSIC Nightly at Festival of Lights
11/23 — Jim & Morning Nichols (blues, jazz, and country) — Free face painting
11/24 — Francis Vanek Quartet (jazz) — Free face painting
11/25 — The Groovinators (blues, jazz, and swing)
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11/30 — Jason Moore (acoustic folk rock)
12/1 — Pura Vida (salsa, Cuban rumba, mambo, chachacha, cumbia, samba) — Visit from Santa Claus
12/2 — Mendocino Women's Choir
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12/8 — Chuck Tourtillott (classic rock, country, folk, and blues)
12/9 — Shuga (eclectic contemporary) — Free face painting
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12/14 — Tony Roach (pop and jazz)
12/15 — Small Hat Band (soul, southern rock, blues, and roots) — Visit with Santa Claus
*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. Each Sunday is "S'mores Sunday" with extra goodies sponsored by Harvest Market!
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. Each winter, the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens transforms into a spectacular show of glittering color. The 9th annual Festival of Lights will run rain or shine each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening from November 23 through December 16. Festival of Lights is a 12–night event and coast holiday tradition. Last year alone, the event hosted more than 9,000 visitors, making it one of the most well-attended events on the Mendocino Coast!
The Gardens invites guests to create a holiday tradition and take a stroll along the Gardens’ twinkling pathways lined with inventive displays. Tickets to this community event are just $10 each, children age 16 and under attend for free!
Donations of any size are greatly appreciated and will receive recognition on the Gardens’ website. To receive the full recognition of your sponsorship please join as a sponsor by November 12. For more information or to discuss designing a specific sponsorship package, please contact 707.964.4352 ext 19.
As crisp fall air gives way to long winter nights, we gather in the spirit of the season offering an exclusive viewing of the Gardens aglow. Be the first to stroll the scintillant paths of brilliant color. The cozy tent will be transformed into a dazzling fantasia of sparkling ice and snow complete with music, drink, and sumptuous bites. Join us for an evening of surprises and delights. CLICK HERE for more details.
Start Date: Friday, November 23, 2018
End Date: Sunday, December 16, 2018
Schedule Details: Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from November 23 through December 16, 2018 (Nov 23 - 25; Nov 30 - Dec 2; Dec 7 - 9; Dec 14 - 16). Doors open at 5:00PM; last entry is at 7:00PM; lights out 7:30PM).
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, or at the door. Tickets purchased in advance are valid for any night of the event.
Contact Phone: 707-964-4352 ext 19
- Each winter the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens transforms into a spectacular show of glittering color. The 9 th Annual Festival of Lights will run rain or shine...
A great big thanks our loving community and to all of our 2017 event sponsors: Sarah Schoeneman and The Brewery Gulch Inn, Harvest Market, Friends of the Gardens, The Coast KOZT, North Coast Brewing Company, Community First Credit Union, Savings Bank of Mendocino County, Witching Stick, Fathers & Daughters Cellars, Fetzer Wine, Foursight Wines, Goldeneye Winery, Jackson Family Wines, Kamstra Construction, Navarro Vineyards, Pennyroyal Farm, B Bryan Preserve, Garcia River Casino, Greenwood Ridge Vineyards, Harbor Lite Lodge, Headlands Coffeehouse, John Calhoun, Pacific Physical Therapy, The Purple Rose Mexican Restaurant, Racines of Fort Bragg/ Spunky Skunk Toy Store, Redfin, Tahto Wines, Air Galore, Anchor Charter Boats, Beachcomber Motel and Spa, Bird Cafe & Supper Club, Coast Hardware, Frog Song Farm, Garden Design magazine, Handley Cellars, Harbor RV Park, Husch Vineyards, Mendocino Garden Consultants, Pacific Horticulture magazine, Rhoads Auto Parts, Sharon Gieras, and Sonoma Canopy Tours