Something magical is happening at the MSV—Garden Lights! From November 16 through December 3, dramatic nighttime lighting will transform the formal gardens into an immersive art experience and walking tour. Trees will be awash in a kaleidoscope of colored lights, one thousand LED flowers will glow, lasers will beam throughout the Grand Allée, and so much more! Ticket sales are underway!

Garden Lights will take place Wednesdays–Sundays (closed Monday & Tuesday) with timed entries every 30 minutes beginning at 6 p.m. Souvenirs, food, and drinks—including hot cocoa & mulled wine—will be available for purchase at Garden Lights.

MSV members: $15 adult, $5 (ages 5–18), free to ages 4 & under; all others: $19 adult, $6.50 (ages 5–18), free to ages 4 & under. Tickets are pre-sale only and quantities are limited. Early purchases are strongly encouraged. Purchase tickets online or by calling 540-662-1473, ext. 240.

Discounts are available for group purchases (25+ tickets); call 540-662-1473, ext. 208, or email for group ticket sales information.

Garden Lights is supported by these Art of Business Corporate Partners

Aikens Group

Bank of Clarke

Route 11 Potato Chips

Top of Virginia Regional Chamber

Murphy Beverage Company

UPDATE: No Tickets Remain. GARDEN LIGHTS IS SOLD OUT. MSV members: $15 adult, $5 (ages 5–18), free to ages 4 & under; all others: $19 adult, $6.50 (ages 5–18), free to ages 4 & under. Tickets are pre-sale only and quantities are limited. Early purchases are strongly encouraged. Purchase tickets online or by calling 540-662-1473, ext. 240.

Tickets are SOLD OUT


No. Garden Lights ticket sales are final. Tickets are not transferable between Garden Lights days/times.

No. As capacity is limited and tickets are sold for timed entry, your ticket is valid only for the day and time you purchased it for. It may not be used on another evening.

Garden Lights takes place in all weather conditions. Tickets are non-refundable. The MSV will only cancel a night of Garden Lights if a major weather event presents a risk to safety (for example, during severe storms with high winds). Visitors should check for updated information about any closures. Updates will also be posted to the MSV’s Facebook page, and a message will be recorded on our voicemail, which can be heard by calling 540-662-1473, ext. 240.

If the MSV must cancel a night of Garden Lights, ticket holders will be notified of the cancellation via email. All ticket holders will be automatically refunded. Refunds will only be issued if the MSV cancels the event due to severe weather. If tickets are available for other dates and times, available options will be offered, via email, to affected ticket holders for rescheduling their visit. Please note that rescheduling is not guaranteed, and is only offered as an option for timeslots where tickets are not sold out. Ticket holders affected by a cancellation will receive an email with all available options and information.

No. Outside food or drink is not permitted onsite. Snacks and drinks, including hot pretzels, water, hot cocoa, mulled wine, and more will be available for purchase.

There is no hard exit time associated with your entry, other than the site closing times; however, the average visitor stay for the Garden Lights experience will be about 60-90 minutes. Once you enter Garden Lights, the tour is self-guided, you can explore at your own pace.

All vehicular traffic should use the MSV entrance closest to James Wood Middle School to enter and exit the site for Garden Lights. The eastern entrance will be open for pedestrian traffic only & will be closed to vehicles.

Please do not plan to walk to Garden Lights using The Trails at the MSV. All trail head entrances will close at dark.

Yes, the handicap parking spots in the MSV parking lot will be used for Garden Lights. The entry point for the walking tour will be the sidewalk beside the Reception Hall patio. To enter Garden Lights, attendees will travel down that sidewalk, connect to the Trails, and then follow the trail path to a garden gate entrance.

Please note that this is walking tour and is not an entirely accessible experience. The suggested route through the garden is approximately 2/3 of a mile and there are a few locations in the gardens where visitors will encounter a step or two. Wheelchairs and strollers will need to be able to traverse grass in some areas.

Garden Lights takes place in the seven-acre gardens that surround the MSV’s Glen Burnie House. From entrance to exit, the route is approximately 2/3 of a mile. Visitors will enter Garden Lights via the trails leading off the galleries building reception hall and exit at the garden gatehouse.

The path leading to the garden entry is accessible and while most of the garden spaces are accessible, there are a few locations in the gardens where visitors will encounter a step or two and uneven terrain. Wheelchairs and strollers will need to be able to navigate through grass surfaces and some uneven terrain.

While  the event will take place in acres of gardens, guests may choose what to see. The experience is self-guided.

Garden Lights is self-guided experience.

While the designated entry times are firm, you may experience Garden Lights on your own and at your own pace.

Garden Lights is an outdoor experience. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Allow up to 60–90 minutes to enjoy Garden Lights.

Please arrive no more than 15 minutes before your timeslot. All tickets are date and time specific. Tickets for other time slots and other dates will not be accepted.

The first floor of the galleries building will be open, including the Museum Store. The exhibition galleries and the Glen Burnie House will not be open during Garden Lights.

Tickets may be purchased at the Guest Services & Visitor Information Desk in the MSV galleries building from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (closed Monday). Advance purchases are strongly encouraged as supply is limited.

Yes. Discounts for purchases of 25 or more tickets are available. Save 10% off 25–49 tickets, save 12% off a purchase of 50-99 tickets, save 15% on a purchase of 100–149 tickets, and save 20% on a purchase of 150+ tickets. Discounts are applied to the total purchase price. Get more information about group sales and/or purchase group tickets by calling 540-662-1473, ext. 208.

Yes. Bring your ticket to the event. Tickets may be printed or scanned from your mobile device.

No. The Museums for All discount does not apply to Garden Lights tickets. Museums for All is for general admission only and does not apply to MSV programs and events such as Garden Lights.

No. Only service animals are permitted in the formal gardens/Garden Lights area. Pets are not allowed in Garden Lights.

The entrance for the Garden Lights walking tour is on the patio beside the galleries building. While ticket holders must enter at their designated times, you may explore the gardens at your own pace. Follow the suggested walking route on the map to make sure you don’t miss any of the lights!

See the Map


Garden Lights features an outdoor café located in the middle of the gardens (in the carriage house next to the garden greenhouse).

Drinks, snacks, glow sticks, LED wristbands, and more will be available for purchase in the café.

See the Menu