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

The premier black and white event of the season

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Another Gala in the books... what a wonderful evening!

On the last evening in November, the crisp darkness of the night air became illuminated by the warmth and laughter of a gorgeous crowd dressed in their best black and white attire. Guests were greeted with a sparkling glass of bubbly as they gazed about the décor of elegant lanterns, illuminated manzanita branches, and a giant sparkling chandelier – all in a scheme of black and white. The center of the tent displayed a delicious buffet of gourmet appetizers including seared ahi tuna nachos, sausage and cheese stuffed crimini mushrooms, Mediterranean lavash wraps, and much more.

Shortly after six o'clock, the Mendocino String Quartet took to the stage, serenading the crowd with soothing melodies. Guests strolled under the stars, glass of wine in hand, for an exclusive glimpse at the light displays outside. The Gloriana Carolers added a spark of holiday jubilation as guests moved toward the dessert table which showcased a stunning display of black and white candies, macarons, and other treats to delight the senses. In a celebration of light in the dark, this year's Festival of Lights Gala was truly the place to be.