“Oh? Christmas Tree!" Holiday Exhibit
November 21-January 3, Public hours
Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.
This holiday season, you can enter Fort Wayne’s Botanical Conservatory to discover a grand array of Christmas “trees.” From the Polish upside-down tree to the Caribbean charamico, from the log used in the Catalonian tió de nadal to the Italian ceppo shelf, there is a world of holiday tradition associated directly or loosely with the tree. Enjoy this glimpse into some of the more unfamiliar Christmas traditions and symbolism from around the globe as you stroll through the Atrium, Garden Gallery, Showcase Garden, and beyond. The Conservatory’s own colorful, 12’ tall poinsettia “tree,” in a sea of color and beauty, is one of this city’s annual “tree” traditions. Join us for this salute to holiday history and celebration. Sponsored by Majic 95.1 WAJI, PBS39 and the Auer Foundation.
"Oh?" Christmas Tree!" Holiday Exhibit 2020
Look for all 28 trees as identified throughout the Conservatory. Want to "study up" before you arrive? If so, check out the Trees by Location graphic and enjoy your visit.
Wednesday, November 25, 5:00-9:00 p.m.
November 25-January 3, Public hours
Conservatory Holiday Concert
Thursday, December 3, 5:30-7:30 pm
On this $1 Night in December, we welcome Those 2 Guys in Suits & Ties, Tom Didier and Todd Frymier who are always singin’ with style! What a night to not only marvel at all the different trees as part of the “Oh? Christmas Tree!” holiday exhibit, but to also enjoy live musical entertainment during the holiday season.
Thursday, December 10, 5:15-6:15 p.m.
Share in the joy of the season with a holiday performance by the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir! This lyrical performing ensemble will be caroling outdoors at the Botanical Conservatory just as the beautifully illuminated gardens become bright after sunset. No reservations required. Regular admission fees apply. For more information, call (260) 427-6440.
Saturdays before Christmas 12:00-4:00 p.m.
December 5, 12 & 19 (DECEMBER 19 EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS)
Come out to the Botanical Conservatory and visit with holiday-dressed Icelandic reindeer who know all about the colder winter weather. Not only will you get to interact with them up-close, you will also learn how these amazing animals live in their natural environment! The Animal-Grams “Reindeer Experts” will answer all your reindeer questions. Photos are welcome as part of your up-close experience with real live reindeer. Please dress for the weather. Regular admission fees apply.
Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
December 2, 9, 16
Saturday, November 28, 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 on 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.
November 26-December 18
Pick one of two weekday evenings to “ooh and aah” at the gardens all done up in lights for the holidays! In addition to our regular Thursday evening hours, the Botanical Conservatory will be open until 8:00 p.m. on Friday evenings for four weeks from Thanksgiving through the week before Christmas. Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve open hours are 10 a.m-5 p.m. Regular hours will resume on December 31.