Why We Love the Mendocino Festival of Lights

Do you have a tradition of getting into the holiday spirit? Here at Sea Rock Inn, we attend the many seasonal celebrations in beautiful Mendocino. Each of these Christmas extravaganzas offers a unique way to welcome the joy of the season into our hearts. In fact, one of our favorite annual events is the magical Mendocino Festival of Lights. This outdoor festival provides live entertainment, an inviting atmosphere, and a wonderful time for all who visit. Whether you’ve experienced these fun-filled festivities or it’s your first time, we suggest adding this event! 

If you wish to learn more about holiday events like the Mendocino Festival of Lights, request a copy of our complimentary Vacation Guide for more seasonal happenings, cultural destinations, and exceptional dining establishments to enjoy on your getaway to Sea Rock Inn!

Mendocino Festival of Lights & Everything You Need to Know

Since 2009, the Mendocino Festival of Lights has illuminated the hearts of both visitors and locals alike! From the end of November up to the weekend before Christmas, the breathtaking Mendocino Botanical Gardens is the scenic backdrop. This weekend-only event is one of the most popular holiday celebrations, so purchase your tickets in advance!

About the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

The Mendocino Festival of Lights is hosted every year by the Mendocino Coast Botanical GardensNo matter what time of year, these stunning gardens in nearby Fort Bragg are a charming place to visit. With an excellent blend of the arts, history, horticulture, and education, this magnificent nature preserve strives to sustain top-notch conservation efforts. As you walk around, you’ll be delighted by the manicured gardens, wonderful displays, and a variety of native plants. If you wish to visit on your getaway, the winter hours remain 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.!

What to Expect

Although the weather is simply wonderful year-round, remember to wear layers to this outdoor extravaganza. Once you’ve parked, stroll through the garden’s front gate and make your way over to the tent. When you enter, marvel at the excellently positioned decorations, the selection of gourmet treats, and the artfully prepared beverages. If you wish to warm up, indulge in a blended hot cocoa or warm cider. Or, if you’re looking for something stronger, treat yourself and your special someone to a craft brew from North Coast or exquisite wine from Jackson Family Wines!

The Light Displays

As you meander through the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, marvel at the hundreds of twinkling lights illuminating the evening sky. On your journey, gaze in wonder at the Succulent Garden. This delightful area boasts an inventive underwater display of both jellyfish and seaweed. As your eyes scan the beautifully decorated landscape, you’ll even see an old shipping brig, which struck a reef in 1850, lit with festive lights. After you’ve experienced the magical displays, welcome Saint Nick himself and live music from local talent.

Plan Your Stay at Sea Rock Inn

After your Mendocino Festival of Lights experience, make your way back to our intimate bed and breakfast via Highway 1. Here at Sea Rock Inn, we offer an assortment of beautifully appointed accommodations, each of which features views of the mighty Pacific Ocean, luxurious bedding, and plenty of space to unwind. Whether you delight in the warm glow of the fireplace or the abundance of natural light, enjoy the splendor of our cliffside retreat. If you’re searching for the perfect gift for your partner, treat them to a Sea Rock Gift Certificate! It’s the perfect way to say “I love you,” and gives you two a chance to relax together. We can’t wait to host you this year in Northern California!