GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has been named one of the top 10 botanical light displays in the nation by USA Today.

The holiday light display sponsored by Dominion Energy took fourth place in the USA Today readers’ choice awards known as the “10 Best.”

“Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights is a show created by the community for the community,” said Shane Tippett, the executive director of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. “We’re especially honored by the USA Today contest because the ranking is determined by the public, and we thank all who voted for us.”

A Longwood Christmas at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa., took first place. Million Bulb Walk at the Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk earned second place, and Gardens Aglow at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine, was named third place.

A poll ran on the USA Today website starting in November for four weeks where readers could vote for their favorite holiday lights at a botanical garden.

The theme of this year’s GardenFest of Lights is “Bringing Art to Light,” taking inspiration from well-known works of art, such as Georges Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,” and even includes an illuminated figure of the iconic PBS artist Bob Ross.

This isn’t the first time Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has won a USA Today “10 Best” contest. In 2016, it was No. 4 for “Best Botanical Gardens.” In 2014, the garden won second place for “Best Public Garden.”

This year’s GardenFest of Lights is the biggest and brightest to date with more than 1 million twinkling lights.

Attendance typically surges before the holidays, so prepare yourself for possibly long lines during peak hours and times. GardenFest of Lights runs through Jan. 7.

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Colleen Curran covers arts and entertainment for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She writes the weekly column Top Five Weekend Events.

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