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 (more information about the Gala https://www.gardenbythesea.org/calendar/gala-2018/). The Gardens invites guests to create a holiday tradition and take a stroll along twinkling pathways lined with inventive displays. Visitors can 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.