Christmas at the Conservatory

“Alpine Holiday” Showcase Exhibit

November 20-January 2, Public hours

Imagine the sting of snow on your cheek, the brilliance of dusted slopes and the fragrance of mountain pines. The Botanical Conservatory’s version of the Alps offers a bold glacial display that will have you basking in the cool blues of winter offsetting the rich deep colors of holiday poinsettias. Find yourself winding down a mountain path and admiring the scenery from the porch of a snow-capped ski hut. If you get in deep powder, all you have to do is give a “yodel-ay-hee-hooo!” Sponsored by PBS Fort Wayne and Majic 95.1 WAJI. 

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Night of Lights at the Conservatory

Wednesday, November 24, 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Kick-off the holidays with a stroll through enchanted gardens glistening and glowing all throughout the Botanical Conservatory. Follow a magical trail where Icelandic reindeer are waiting to greet you, then continue on and share the excitement of the season with jolly Santa Claus! Take in the beautiful scenery of the “Alpine Holiday” exhibit and enjoy a special treat too. Also, find warmth indoors where Conjure Coffee is open to serve you. Regular admission fees apply. Sponsored by Majic 95.1 WAJI and PBS Fort Wayne.

 
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Late-Night Light Display

Thursdays & Fridays, November 26-December 17 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Amp up your holiday plans with a visit to the Botanical Conservatory where the gardens are all dressed up for the season! From the moment you arrive, dazzle at the display of stunning poinsettias, illuminated photo ops and charming scenes that bring a twinkle to your eye. Unique gifts are available for purchase in the Conservatory Shop. All this and more serves as ideal guest entertainment when the gardens in light are best seen at night, November 26 through December 17 during extended holiday hours from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday evenings. Included with regular Conservatory admission.

 

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Conservatory Holiday Concert

Thursday, December 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

On this $1 Night in December, we welcome Those 2 Guys in Suits & Ties, Tom Didier and Todd Frymier, who are singin’ with style! What a night to not only admire the gardens in light, but to also enjoy live musical entertainment during the holiday season! No reservations required.

  

Suzuki Strings Performance

Sunday, December 12, 2:00-2:45 p.m.

As you walk into the “Alpine Holiday” showcase exhibit, listen for the children of Fort Wayne Suzuki playing holiday favorites on the violin and cello. These accomplished students are familiar with the Suzuki Method of instruction that is the “mother tongue method” based on the premise that music is learned like a language. Hear for yourself as local Suzuki students perform music with holiday ear appeal. Included with regular Conservatory admission.

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Santa & Reindeer Saturdays

December 4, 11 & 18, 12:00-4:00 p.m.

Santa and his reindeer will be at the Botanical Conservatory on each of the three Saturdays before Christmas. Visit holiday-dressed reindeer who love petting and posing for pictures. You are also invited to enjoy the “Alpine Holiday” exhibit and other jolly scenery on your way to see Santa himself! (NOTE: Santa takes a break from 2-2:30 p.m.) Regular admission fees apply.

Sponsored by Majic 95.1 WAJI and PBS Fort Wayne.

  

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Days of Holly Shopping Kick-Off

Saturday, November 27, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Experience an exciting day throughout Downtown Fort Wayne, the West Main Shops, and the Wells Street Corridor. Locally owned & operated shops will be ready to host you this Small Business Saturday, including our Conservatory Shop! Cozmé Jewelry, a local vendor, will be also be hosting a lovely pop-up shopping experience as a benefit to the Botanical Conservatory. Conservatory admission not required to shop during this event in partnership with the Downtown Improvement District.

 

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Days of Holly Shopping

Saturdays, November 27-December 18

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

This year Shop Small Saturday will take place on not just one Saturday, but every Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Experience the holiday excitement throughout Downtown Fort Wayne, the West Main Shops, and the Wells Street Corridor. Locally owned & operated shops will be ready to host you this Small Business Saturday, including our Conservatory Shop! Conservatory admission not required to shop during this experience in partnership with the Downtown Improvement District. 

 

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Breakfast with Santa!

Reserve a spot on Santa’s ‘Nice List’ during this legendary breakfast at the Botanical Conservatory. As a VIP guest, this special occasion includes a personalized visit with the man in red! Enjoy pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, fruit and a beverage of your choice. A holiday take-away is included along with day-of garden admission and a chance to visit the reindeer from 12-4 pm. Children under two are free; spot must be reserved at registration along with requests for high chairs or booster seats. Registration deadline: November 23. Min. 20. Max. 40.

Code                Date            Day                         Time

127203-S1       12/4            Sa            9:30-10:30 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$28

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S.
Calhoun St.

 

Succulent Christmas Tree

Design a 3D Christmas tree made of succulent cuttings. Standing at just over one foot tall, this exquisite little tree is sure to be adored throughout the holiday season. You will learn expert tips on how to maintain and multiply plant cuttings once the season is over. Garden admission is included. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: November 27. Min. 12. Max. 20.

Code                Date            Day                        Time

127102-S1       12/5            Su                        1-3 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$47
Member or Volunteer Fee: $42

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S.
Calhoun St.

 

Evergreen Centerpiece Workshop

Join returning instructor and florist Dennis Bowman in fashioning balsam fir, cedar and pine branch tips in a fragrant evergreen centerpiece to enjoy throughout the season. Complement your piece with festive ribbon, pine cones and a special feature. The registration fee also includes a visit to the “Alpine Holiday” exhibit. Participants are asked to bring garden gloves, pruners and any suitable accents. Workshop subject to go virtual via Zoom with email address and pre-pickup kit necessary to participate. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: November 27. Min. 12. Max. 24.

Code                Date            Day                        Time

127501-R1       12/9            Th               10-11:30 am

127501-R2       12/9            Th                   6-7:30 pm

127501-S1       12/11          Sa                 9-10:30 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$43

Member or Volunteer Fee: $38

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

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Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
1100 South Calhoun Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 427-6440

Hours:

Tuesday-Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
Sunday: Noon - 4 pm

Holiday Hours:

Black Friday: 10 am - 8 pm 
Christmas Eve: 10 am - 5 pm 
New Year's Eve: 10 am - 5 pm 

Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day

 

Admission:

Adults: $5
Children: (ages 3-17) $3
Age 2 and under: Free