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“Snow Days”
   Holiday Garden Exhibit
   November 18-January 7

Do you remember when school was cancelled because of unexpected winter weather? Snow days were a surprise, a break in routine, an invitation to play. In the Conservatory’s holiday imagination, snowkids go out for snowball fights and forts while snowmoms bake cookies and prepare hot chocolate. Snowmen and snow angels mark the spot where families spent time together. After sunset the light lingers, bouncing off that white blanket of snow. Then it’s off to bed…because there might be school again tomorrow. 

Sponsored by: 

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Holiday Kick-Off Party
Wednesday, November 22, 5:00-9:00 pm
Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. 
Enjoy hot chocolate and a cookie, meet Mrs. Claus, and get a free professional-quality photo with Santa. You can also meet two live reindeer that know all about the North Pole. This year the Fort Wayne Youtheatre’s Charlie Brown Christmas Jazz Trio and dancers will be performing. The gardens are decorated for the holidays, and you won’t want to miss the animated light show outdoors. Be sure to participate in the Fort Wayne Downtown Lighting Ceremony either before or after your visit to our beautiful holiday garden and displays. Regular Conservatory admission fees apply.

Sponsored by PBS 39 and WAJI Majic 95.1.

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Conservatory Member Holiday Night 
Wednesday, December 13, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Conservatory members are invited to a special open house during an exclusive evening in the gardens. Enjoy some live holiday music with light refreshments and beverage compliments of the Conservatory, then stroll the gardens indoors and out to experience all the holiday exhibits. Receive a 20% discount in the gift shop, 5-8 pm on Member Night! 

Not a current member? You can register or renew that evening: $35/individual, $50/family. For more information, call 427-6440.


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Garden in Lights
November 22-January 7
We’ve decorated all through the gardens, indoors and out. Enjoy beautiful poinsettias against the backdrop of our whimsical Snow Days theme, explore the Tropical and Desert gardens dressed for the holidays, and stroll the outdoor Terrace display of lights and synchronized holiday music. Especially effective during our evening hours on Thursday and Friday nights for five weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the gardens are lovely throughout the holidays and provide a tremendous backdrop for family photos and out-of-town guest entertainment. Make the most of your visit as you enjoy one of Fort Wayne’s treasured resources for beauty and relaxation. Our gift shop will also be open during public hours for holiday shopping. Sponsored by PBS 39 and Majic 95.1 FM.

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Snow Days Concert
Thursday, December 7, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Experience our Snow Days exhibit with a crystalline night of music from an up-and-coming local Folk/Americana band: elle/the Remnant. They bring holiday favorites and original pieces inspired by literature, life, and the struggle within. This happens to be $1 Night, so you can drop in to visit the gardens, 5-8 pm, for just $1 admission price and take in the concert as well. No reservations are required. The concert is included in Conservatory admission. We validate parking tickets from the Civic Center Parking Garage for free parking; street meters are free after 5:00 p.m. 
Suzuki Strings Holiday Concert
Sunday, December 10, 2:00-2:45 p.m.
Visit the Conservatory gardens and enjoy this special concert offered by the accomplished students of Fort Wayne Suzuki. Children ages 4 to 18 will play folk songs, classical melodies, and holiday favorites on violin and cello. The Suzuki Method of instruction, also known as the “mother tongue method,” is based on the premise that music is learned like a language: children first hear the music and then learn to read and write it. Children develop the ability to “speak” music like a language and are able to play dozens of songs by memory. You can hear for yourself the results as local Suzuki students play music with holiday ear appeal. Concert is included with regular Conservatory admission. 

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Breakfast with Santa!
Yes, Santa eats breakfast and you can join him! Sign up for a special VIP breakfast before he makes his final list of who has been naughty and nice. Breakfast will include pancakes, sausages and eggs, milk or juice for the kids and coffee for adults. There will be children’s activities and time allotted to take pictures of your little ones in our “Snow Days” exhibit before we open to the public. Your admission to this event will also allow you to return and visit with Santa and the reindeer from 12-4 pm. Children under two are free, but they and their paying adult must be registered in the minimum/maximum. Limited booster/high chairs available; please indicate at registration if one is required. Registration deadline: November 21. Min. 24. Max. 64. 
Code           Date Day       Time                    
127101-S1 12/2  Sa     9-10 am
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$13 
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

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Santa & the Reindeer
Saturdays before Christmas 12:00-4:00 pm
December 2, 9, 16 
Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. 
Santa and two of his reindeer will greet the children while Mom and Dad take pictures to capture the moment. Explore the Conservatory while it’s done up in the fun holiday theme of “Snow Days,” reminiscent of the pleasures of winter days free from school. Regular admission fees apply: $5/adult, $3/child age 3-17. Conservatory members or volunteers and children ages 2 and under are free. Sponsored by PBS 39 and WAJI Majic 95.1. For more information, call (260) 427-6440.
Want S’More? 
Extended Holiday Hours
November 23 - December 22
The Conservatory will stay open until 8:00 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday evenings for five weeks, from Thanksgiving through the week before Christmas. Enjoy an extra evening downtown to visit the botanical gardens done up in lights for the holidays. The gift shop will also be open until 8:00 p.m. Purchase a s’mores kit in the gift shop and you can share a sweet moment enjoying a Snow Days dessert at our new patio firepit. After the holidays, the Conservatory will continue with its regular Thursday evening schedule and firepit hours will extend through the winter. Conservatory members may bring two free guests on Friday nights. 

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Holiday Swag Workshop

In the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle, invite a family member or friend to the Gardens to create a festive evergreen swag that can be enjoyed by all through the holidays. Amy Oliver, Landscape Designer at Arbor Farms Nursery, will help you fashion the fragrant branch tips of balsam fir, cedar, and pine into a swag with holiday flair. The swag will also incorporate your choice of accents such as pine cones, berries, a decorative bow, and more for a nice seasonal touch. Your fee includes the items listed above, as well as a stroll through the holiday gardens. Bring garden gloves, pruners and any accents you’d like to incorporate. Age 16+. Registration deadline: November 22. Min. 15. Max. 25.

Code           Date  Day         Time
427005-R1  12/7  Th        6-7 pm
427005-S1  12/9  Sa    10-11 am
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$30
Member or Volunteer Fee: $25
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

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The Gift

Make sure you stop in and visit the gift shop as there are plenty of Christmas selections waiting for you! 


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


Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Sunday Noon - 4pm
Closed: Mondays, New Years Day, Christmas Day


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