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“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. 

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Holiday Kick-Off Night
Wednesday, November 25, 5:00-9:00 p.m.
This annual holiday tradition lives on, but with a candy cane twist! Stroll through the Botanical Conservatory, glowing with excitement indoors and all throughout. Find warmth on the inside then saunter on down a candy cane trail where magical reindeer are stationed for an outdoor visit. On the way, you will experience a grand array of holiday trees as part of the “Oh? Christmas Tree!” holiday exhibit. Both Conjure Coffee and the Conservatory Shop will be open for business. Regular admission fees apply. Sponsored by Majic 95.1 WAJI and PBS39. 
 
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Garden in Lights
November 25-January 3, Public hours
Amp up your holiday plans with a visit to the Botanical Conservatory where our gardens are all decked out for the season! Take in the “Oh? Christmas Tree!” holiday exhibit indoors then wander through the illuminated outdoor gardens.  From the moment you walk through the door, you will enjoy stunning poinsettias and discover numerous opportunities to pause for a lighted photo. Also, stop in to the Conservatory Shop where unique gifts are available for purchase. All this and more will be offered as ideal guest entertainment during our extended evening hours between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Regular admission fees apply. Sponsored by Majic 95.1 WAJI and PBS39.

 

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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.  

 

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Christmas Caroling
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.

 

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Reindeer Saturdays 
Saturdays before Christmas 12:00-4:00 p.m.
December 5, 12 & 19

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. 


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Christmas Trees Around the World
Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
December 2, 9, 16
Celebrate a world of holiday tradition and symbolism associated with the evergreen tree. Each day explores a different culture and its characteristic holiday festivities as emphasized in the 2020 holiday exhibit, “Oh? Christmas Tree!”  This is a unique educational opportunity to drop in and learn all about different trees, plants and even non-plant related materials different cultures from around the world call their “Christmas Tree.” Small groups welcome! Included with regular Conservatory admission. For more information, call 427-6440.

  

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Holly Shopping
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. 

 

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The Gift Shop
Make sure you stop in and visit the gift shop as there are plenty of Christmas selections waiting for you!  Check out the Gift Shop now!
 
 
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Extended Holiday Hours

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.

  

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

Hours:

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

Holiday Hours:

Thanksgiving: 4pm - 8pm; Black Friday: 10 am-8 pm 
Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve: 10 am -5 pm 

Admission

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