‘GardenFest of Lights’ to open at botanical garden

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s popular holiday light show Dominion GardenFest of Lights returns Friday, Nov. 25 and continues through Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. This is the seventeenth year for the annual display and the fourteenth year of Dominion sponsorship.

GardenFest has become a holiday tradition for the Richmond region and it features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. New this year is a dazzling laser light show opener from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 25. Nightly features include lighting of the “Diamonds in the Rough” stick sculpture, oversized L-O-V-E letters in the Rose Garden, caroling on Tuesday nights, whimsical fairy-house botanicals and exciting new forms including a dragon and a 250-foot long tunnel of lights.

GardenFest is comprised of 40 miles of light strands and approximately 80% of them are now LEDs rather than traditional incandescent bulbs. LEDs, or light emitting diodes, use less power but have great intensity and flexibility.

GardenFest is open rain or shine and runs nightly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Garden, located at 1800 Lakeside Ave., is closed Dec. 24-25. Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for children ages 3-12 and free for children under three; discounts available for Garden members. For more information, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org.

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