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Open daily from 10AM – 5PM: Advanced tickets required for non-members.
Members enjoy exclusive early admission from 9:00am to 10:00am daily.


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 29 — December 22, 2019
Doors open at 5:00PM, last entry is at 7:00PM

Each winter the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens transforms into a spectacular show of glittering color. The 10th annual Festival of Lights will run rain or shine each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening from November 29 through December 22. Adult tickets are just $10 and children age 16 and under attend for free thanks to the funds raised by our spectacular annual benefit, the Festival of Lights Gala.


Avoid the parking lot hustle and bustle... The FREE 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.


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 (no additional cost).

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 entrance and at the south end of the main parking lot. This way, if you have pre-purchased tickets you can get into the Festival of Lights using any entrance!


11/29 — Aaron Ford (American roots music)

11/30 — Shuga (eclectic contemporary)

12/1 — Seaside String Sisters (American folk music)

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12/6 — Mendocino High School Choir — *Featuring Navarro Vineyards & Winery

12/7 — Jason Moore (acoustic folk-rock)   

12/8 — Fort Bragg High School Choir

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12/13 — Francis Vanek Quartet (jazz) — *Featuring Pennyroyal Farm & Vineyard

12/14 — Small Hat Band (soul, southern rock, blues, and roots) — Visit from Santa Claus

12/15 — GroundLoop Events (DJ 80) — Holiday karaoke & free photo booth! *Featuring Bee Hunter Wine

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12/20 — Chuck T (classic rock, country, folk, and blues) — *Featuring Boochcraft Hard Kombucha

12/21 — Matt Westmoreland (bluegrass and honky-tonk) — Visit with Santa and FREE face painting

12/22 — 2nd Hand Grass (folk-rock— Ugly sweater night... come wearing your holiday worst!

*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.


Dress for winter—the event will run rain or shine! Parking is free but limited, please plan to carpool or take the FREE Festival Parking Shuttle (see details above). Electric mobility scooters will not be available for rent during the event. Dogs are not 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. Bring cash if you wish to purchase sweets or beverages. No smoking anywhere in the Gardens. Please stay on the lighted pathways. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 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). 


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 at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is enjoyed by more than 9,000 community members and travelers each holiday season. For more information or to discuss designing a specific sponsorship package, please contact Jamie at 707.964.4352 ext 19.


Start Date: Friday, November 29, 2019

End Date: Sunday, December 22, 2019

Schedule Details: 5:00PM to 7:00PM: Nov 29, Nov 30, Dec 1, Dec 6, Dec 7, Dec 8, Dec 13, Dec 14, Dec 15, Dec 20, Dec 21, Dec 22

Location: Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

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