December 1, 2021

Contact:    Rob Hines

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                 Public Information Officer

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Fort Wayne, Ind. – The following events and programs are happening in December at the Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun Street:


“Alpine Holiday” Showcase Exhibit

Through 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 visitors basking in the cool blues of winter offsetting the rich deep colors of holiday poinsettias. Wind down a mountain path and admire the scenery from the porch of a snow-capped ski hut. Sponsored by English Bonter Mitchell Foundation, PBS Fort Wayne and Majic 95.1 WAJI.


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. Visitors 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.


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 visitors 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 local Suzuki students perform music with holiday ear appeal. Included with regular Conservatory admission.


Late-Night Light Display

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

Amp up those holiday plans with a visit to the Botanical Conservatory where the gardens are all dressed up for the season! Dazzle at the display of stunning poinsettias, illuminated photo ops and charming scenes that bring a twinkle to the 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.


Days of Holly Shopping

Saturdays through 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 visitors this Small Business Saturday, including our Conservatory Shop! Conservatory admission not required to shop during this experience in partnership with the Downtown Improvement District.