Polar Express 2017

NBG Members – Tickets on sale October 11

Not-Yet Members- Tickets on sale October 13

All ticket sales are online only (with the exception of large group reservations.) If you need assistance with your online order, visit our FAQ page.

To request a date for a group of 20 or more, email youthed@nbgs.org with your name, the date/time/program you would like to book and the number of tickets. We will respond within 24 business hours to complete your booking or provide alternate dates. Large parties may book before October 11, but tickets must be paid for at the time of reservation. Dates are not confirmed until fully paid.

Norfolk Botanical Garden (NBG) stages the 19th annual Dominion Garden of Lights, a massive light show that turns NBG into a holiday wonderland. The event is primarily sponsored by Domion Power, with additional sponsorship provided by Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Food Lion, USAA, Pepsi, and WVEC ABC 13 News. The garden was founded in 1938 by City Manager Thomas P. Thompson and Frederic Heutte as part of a Works Progress Administration grant under FDR's New Deal and is internationally reknowned today. Norfolk, Virginia. (4 December 2014, Nathanael Miller; Sparks Photography) ***Permission is hereby granted by Nathanael Miller and Sparks Photography to Norfolk Botanical Garden and Norfolk Botanical Garden Society to use these clips and images for any publicity and documentary purposes as long as credit is given (when appropriate) to "Nathanael Miller" and/or "Sparks Photography." Nathanael Miller and Sparks Photography may be reached via email at: sparksphotography1971@gmail.com

2017 Holiday Events & Polar Express

Cookies & Cocoa with Santa & Ride the Polar Express

Sundays; December 10 or December 17

Arrival Times: 4pm, 5pm, 6pm

Visit with Santa, paint a plate and mug and ride the Polar Express tram through the Dominion Garden of Lights. Cookies and Cocoa are included with this event.

Cost: *$15 per person ($20 for not-yet members) Children under 2 are free

*Limit 6 tickets per NBG Membership. Additional tickets may be purchased at not-yet-Member rate.

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Polar Express with Santa

Mondays-Thursdays; December 4-December 21

Arrival Times: 4pm, 5pm, 6pm (no 6pm Session December 20, 21)

Bring your family and friends to Norfolk Botanical Garden’s most popular holiday event! Visit Santa and make a keepsake holiday craft. Listen to a reading of Chris Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express before you board a tram ride through the Dominion Garden of Lights. This event is a holiday tradition for many families, so book early before it sells out! Refreshments are available for an additional cost.

Cost: *$15 per person ($20 for not-yet members) Children under 2 are free

*Limit 6 tickets per NBG Membership. Additional tickets may be purchased at not-yet-Member rate.

Special Group Rate of $15/person available to groups of 20 or more. Call 441-5830 x463 to reserve spaces.

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Polar Express Tram Ride Only

Sunday, December 3

Monday-Thursday, December 4- December 21

Arrival Times: 5:30, 6:00, 6:30

Ride our open-air tram through the Dominion Garden of Lights. Refreshments are available for an additional cost.

Please plan to check in at the visitor center at your arrival time. You will be seated on the next available tram.

*Cost: $10 per person ($13 for not-yet members) Children under 2 are free

Special Group Rate of $10/person available to groups of 20 or more. Call 441-5830 x463 to reserve spaces

*Limit 6 tickets per NBG Membership. Additional tickets may be purchased at not-yet-Member rate.

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Build a Holiday Cookie House

Saturdays, December 9 & 16

10AM & 12:30PM

Get creative using graham crackers and candies to build a holiday house & garden. Santa does not attend this event and it does not include evening programs.

Cost: $25 per house ($40/house for not-yet members includes NBG Admission for 2 guests)

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