Celebrate at the Mendocino Botanical Gardens Festival of Lights

A shiny ornament in an evergreen tree

It just wouldn’t be the most wonderful time of year without the magic of twinkling lights, crisp, fresh air, and festive decorations. As the holidays near, houses start to sparkle and towns everywhere begin to transform into winter wonderlands. This is especially true here in Mendocino, California, where our gorgeous Botanical Gardens come alive during the annual Festival of Lights. You’ll be awestruck by a forest of decorated trees and can enjoy a hot drink and dessert, shop for special treasures and gifts, and celebrate the holidays surrounded by the natural beauty of Mendocino.

Visit the Mendocino Botanical Gardens Festival of Lights

This year, start a new holiday tradition and visit the Coastal Gardens during Christmastime. Located on 47 stunning acres in Fort Bragg, California, the garden property includes canyons, wetlands, coastal bluffs, and a pine forest, and is just a short drive from your room at the Inns of Glendeven! Here’s what you’ll see at the 2015 Mendocino Botanical Gardens Festival of Lights.

A Mendocino Tradition

The Festival of Lights is a beloved holiday staple here on the Mendocino Coast. Thousands of lights glittering and sparkling create delightful visuals as they light up the clifftop garden and enchant locals and visitors of all ages. This year, the lights return Friday, November 27th and continue each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 5 PM to 7:30 PM through December 20th, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to experience their magic and wonder.

At the Gardens, guests can enjoy live music, food, drinks, and fun in the big tent each evening of the festival. The Holiday Sweets Café is filled with all kinds of fresh-baked goodies, and delicious hot cocoa or cider will warm you up from your head to your toes. You can even get some of your holiday shopping done at the Garden Store! Outside of the tent, take a stroll through the Gardens for a breathtaking show of everything from glittering jellyfish and birds to tunnels of light and luminous mushrooms.

Family Fun

The Festival of Lights is the perfect place to spend quality time with friends and loved ones. Kids will love having their faces painted, enjoying free candy canes, and getting toasty by the campfire while roasting marshmallows. And, of course, you can take pictures with Santa Claus! Plus, children age 16 and under can attend the festival free of charge, thanks to the generosity of the Festival of Lights Gala. The community love and effort that goes into the festival is the epitome of selfless Christmas spirit.

Christmas in Northern California

After a long day full of holiday cheer at the Mendocino Botanical Gardens Festival of Lights, head back to our lovely bed and breakfast for a comfortable and relaxing nights sleep. You can unwind by the crackling fireplace or slip into the warm jacuzzi, then spend the rest of the night dreaming about your Christmas wishlist!

Torrey Douglass