Festival of Lights kicks off Gardens’ holiday season – Fort Bragg Advocate-News

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Come one, come all, to the 10th Annual Festival of Lights at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Each winter, the Gardens transforms into a spectacular show of glittering color. This year’s Festival will run rain or shine each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening from Nov. 29 through Dec. 22 (5-7 p.m.; no pets please).

Inside the tent – holiday treats and tunes.

Take a stroll along the Gardens’ twinkling pathways lined with inventive displays. Then warm up and wind down in a beautifully decorated tent complete with live music, sweet treats, local craft brews, and some of the best wine Mendocino County has to offer. Be sure to check the Festival calendar (gardenbythesea.org/calendar/fol/) for a schedule of musical acts and bonus nights.

Brendan McGuigan – ContributedDelightful and creative light displays transform the Gardens’ already-magical locale.

Tickets are $10 each, children age 16 and under attend for free. Be sure to take advantage of the free parking shuttle, available each night of the Festival of Lights. The shuttle will pick up from the Mendocino Community College parking lot (1211 Del Mar Dr, Fort Bragg) beginning at 4:45 p.m. and take you directly to the Gardens’ entrance. The last shuttle pick-up from the College parking lot will be at 6:45 p.m.

Join us at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens this holiday season, where beautiful blooms and crashing waves combine with good cheer and dazzling lights for an experience you won’t soon forget.

Along with the Festival of Lights, the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens offers a number of holiday-oriented events and activities. On Nov. 30, a Mushroom ID Walk for Beginners is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (registration required). A Mushroom Walk in the Gardens will take place Dec. 2 at 1:30 p.m. (Free with Gardens Admission) A Do-it-Yourself Wreath Workshop will be held Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., (registration required), and a Mushroom Botanical Art Workshop will be held Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (registration required).

Call 707-964-4352 ext. 16 for details and to register


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