Festival of LightsName: Festival of LightsDate: December 9, 2017Time: 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM PSTEvent Description:
Glittering Lights ~ Sweet Treats ~ Live Music
~ Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday ~
November 24 — December 17, 2017
Doors open at 5:00pm | Last entry is at 7:15pm; lights out 7:30pm
Each winter the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens transforms into a spectacular show of glittering color. The 8th Annual Festival of Lights will run rain or shine each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening from November 24 through December 17.
The Gardens invites guests to create a holiday tradition and take a stroll along twinkling pathways lined with inventive displays. After dark, the Succulent Garden morphs into a fantastic underwater scene of seaweed and floating jellyfish. A sailing brig that struck nearby reefs back in 1850 is reanimated with dazzling lights amidst the Gardens’ nationally recognized Heath and Heather Collection.
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.
FESTIVAL SHUTTLE – NEW THIS YEAR!
Avoid the parking lot hustle and bustle... The parking shuttle will be available each night of the Festival of Lights. The shuttle will pick up from Mendocino Community College (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.
WILL CALL ENTRANCE
The "Will Call" entrance will be located at the south end of the main parking lot. Advance tickets are available now at The Garden Store at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Harvest Market in Fort Bragg, Out of This World in Mendocino, and on the Gardens' website. Please pre-purchase your tickets to enjoy a more speedy entry!
Please note: Dress for winter—the event will run rain or shine! Parking is free but limited, please plan to carpool. We are sorry, no dogs are allowed at Festival of Lights. General admission guest passes are not allowed for entry; an Event Ticket must be purchased as this is a fundraiser for the Gardens.
LIVE MUSIC Nightly at Festival of Lights:
11/24 Jim & Morning Nichols — Blues, jazz, and country
11/25 Francis Vanek Quartet — Jazz
11/26 Matt Westmorland — Bluegrass and honky-tonk
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12/1 Chuck Tourtillott — Classic rock, country, folk, and blues
12/3 Business Casual — A cappella funk, folk, pop, soul, swing, and R&B
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12/8 Dorian May Trio — Jazz
12/9 Shug-A-Pea — Eclectic contemporary
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12/15 Pura Vida — Salsa (Cuban rumba, mambo, chachacha, cumbia, samba)
12/17 The Groovinators — Blues, jazz, and swing