Thinking about a family getaway? One week from today, the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens in Fort Bragg, California, will transform into a luminescent winter wonderland for its annual Festival of Lights. The event is open each Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from Nov. 25 through Dec. 18. Adult tickets are $10 and children age 16 and under can attend free.
The show features glittering colors that draw people into the gardens. Visitors stroll along twinkling pathways lined with inventive displays.
The Succulent Garden morphs into a fantastic underwater scene of seaweed and floating jellyfish. A sailing brig that struck near-by reefs back in 1850 is reanimated in dazzling lights amidst the Gardens’ nationally recognized Heath and Heather Collection.
A visit to Santa’s workshop will delight the little ones and give families a chance to snap a keep-sake photo. A beautifully decorated tent offers visitors a place to warm up and wind down. Each night the tent comes to life with sweet treats, live music, local craft brews and some of the best wine Mendocino County has to offer.
A visit to Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens in the daytime reveals 47-acres of natural beauty with manicured gardens, fern-ringed ponds, hidden pocket gardens, coastal pine forests and wildflower-strewn bluffs at ocean’s edge.
Check out the gardens’ website here for more information on the Festival of Lights and other attractions.