Events at the Botanical Conservatory – December 2020

Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation news release:

What’s Happening at the Botanical Conservatory December 2020

(November 30, 2020) – The following events and programs are happening in December at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Reindeer Saturday
Saturdays before Christmas, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
December 5, 12, & 19
Stop by the Botanical Conservatory every December Saturday before Christmas from 12 – 4 p.m. to meet Santa’s Reindeer. Visit with holiday-dressed Icelandic reindeer who know all about the colder winter weather. Guests can interact with them up-close and learn how these amazing animals live in their natural environment. The Animal-Grams “Reindeer Experts” will answer reindeer questions, and photos are welcome as part of this up-close experience with real live reindeer. Please dress for the weather. Regular admission fees apply. Visit for more information.

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.

“Oh? Christmas Tree!” Holiday Exhibit
Open through January 3, Public hours
This holiday season, 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 and 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.

Garden in Lights
Open through January 3, Public hours
The Conservatory gardens are all decked out for the season! Take in the “Oh? Christmas Tree!” holiday exhibit indoors then wander through the illuminated outdoor gardens. 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. Regular admission fees apply. Sponsored by Majic 95.1 WAJI and PBS39.

Christmas Trees Around the World
Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. December 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.

Winter Fun Times
Registrations open now
Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation programs are available for registration now at Many safe, family-friendly programs are offered, some of which are offered virtually. Click here for the Digital Catalog

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