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Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter 2020

A sparkling winter garden in Richmond offers plenty of fun activities


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The annual holiday display at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of the most popular Christmas attractions in Richmond. Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights features more than one million twinkling lights. Other highlights in the garden include handcrafted botanical decorations, model trains, a fire pit to roast s’mores and hot chocolate as well as nightly family entertainment, live music, and family fun craft activities.

The magical garden showcases all things that fly—fireflies, flying pigs, spaceships, dragons, and unicorns. Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights is among the most popular family-friendly events in Richmond.

Special events in the garden include Merry Mondays when children can enjoy a Christmas storytime fireside with the Garden Keeper in the Library Reading Room. On that day, Santa will make an appearance in the Conservatory from 6 to 8 p.m. Caroling Tuesdays attracts holiday song enthusiasts. Listen to your favourite Christmas carols at various garden locations. Crafty Wednesdays feature a craft just for kids. On Musical Thursdays you’ll find live acoustic music and festive entertainment from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Lora Robins Library. Dogs can enjoy the holiday lights at GardenFest for Fidos. Leashed pets are allowed on certain nights (Thursday, December 5, 2019, & Thursday, January 2, 2020).

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