News from Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

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 5:00PM to 7:00PM (lights out at 7:30PM) now through December 16. We invite you to create a holiday tradition and take a stroll along twinkling pathways lined with inventive displays. Warm up and wind down in our beautifully decorated tent complete with live music, beer, wine, hot cocoa, spiced cider, and sweet treats.

Tickets are $10 per adult, kids age 16 and under attend for FREE! All proceeds from this fundraiser event help to support this community event and the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Tickets are available at The Garden Store at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Harvest Market in Fort Bragg, Out of This World in Mendocino, or at the door.

The Festival Parking Shuttle will be available each night of the Festival of Lights. The shuttle will pick up from the Mendocino Community College parking lot off of Ocean Drive (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.

Festival of Lights Nightly Calendar

11/30 — Jason Moore (acoustic folk rock)

12/1 — Pura Vida (salsa) — Visit with Santa Claus                 

12/2 — Mendocino Women's Choir  – S'mores Sunday


12/7 — Butch Kwan & Friends — *Featuring Navarro Vineyards & Winery and Pennyroyal Farm & Vineyard

12/8 — Chuck Tourtillott (classic rock, country, folk, and blues)

12/9 — Mendocino High School Choir — Free face painting and S'mores Sunday


12/14 — Tony Roach (pop and jazz)

12/15 — Small Hat Band (southern rock) — Visit with Santa Claus

12/16 — Business Casual (acapella pop) — *Featuring Bee Hunter Wine and S'mores Sunday

*On select nights local wineries are pouring. Those evenings will still be a cash bar and craft brews by North Coast Brewing Company will still be available. Each Sunday is "S'mores Sunday" with extra goodies sponsored by Harvest Market!

Festival Guidelines
Dress for winter—the event will run rain or shine! Parking is free but limited, please plan to carpool or take the Festival Parking Shuttle (see details above). Electric mobility scooters will not be available for rent during the event. We are sorry, no dogs are allowed at the Festival of Lights. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is well-known for its pet-friendly nature. However, during this special event, we ask that you please keep your pets (service animals excluded) at home or arrange for doggy daycare. No outside food or beverages allowed. No smoking anywhere in the Gardens. An event ticket must be purchased as this is a fundraiser for the Gardens. No refunds as all proceeds will be donated to our nonprofit botanical gardens.

Hope to see you soon!

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