Franklin Park Conservatory has a whole schedule of holiday fun lined up for the season. Explore Conservatory Aglow for the biggest and brightest holiday show in the history of the Conservatory throughout the building, into The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden as well as the Grand Mallway. The exhibition runs November 16, 2019 to January 5, 2020.
Returning favorites include the Rainbow Tunnel, the Whirly Tree, and the illuminated topiary flamingos join new displays like gingerbread houses and the Sandstone Creek filled with lights.
The holiday light experience expands into the Grand Mallway adding festive flare to the area. The Pool, an interactive environment by artist Jen Lewin, welcomes guests to interact with its giant rings of circular pads that change colors with movement and pressure.
You’ll also take in the poinsettia plants in the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse, The Paul Busse model railway, hand-blown glass ornament trees, and family-favorite poinsettia trees, which provide the perfect backdrop for photo opportunities.
Annual Gingerbread Competition
Consider yourself a gingerbread architect? Enter the Conservatory’s 13th Annual Gingerbread Competition. The first display (November 16–December 8) will feature the Youth, Family & Organizations. The second display (December 9–January 5, 2020) will showcase the Adults and Professionals. Click here for details.
Candlelight Dinners at Franklin Park Conservatory
Candlelight Dinners will be held on December 4, 11 & 18, 2019.
Dine in the warm and exotic John F. Wolfe Palm House while enjoying an exceptional evening out, perfect for couples, colleagues, friends and families. Reservations accepted for parties of 1-20 guests. Dinner begins at 6pm. See details here.
Holiday Performances at Franklin Park Conservatory
- Molly Winters Duo, November 29; 7pm
- Bryden String Quartet, November 30; 7pm
- Columbus School for Girls Grace Notes, Friday, December 6; 7pm
- Madgrils, Saturday, December 7; 7pm – Hilliard Davidson High School’s premiere choir
- The Columbus Chorus, Friday, December 13; 7pm
- Above the Noise, Saturday, December 14; 7pm
- Grove City Chamber Singers, Friday, December 20; 7pm
- Cardinal Health Chamber Orchestra, Saturday, December 21; 7pm
- Magpie Consort, Sunday, December 22; 7pm
- Ladies of Longford, Monday, December 23; 7pm
- The Candy Canes, Thursday, December 26; 7pm
- Hot Tonic Duo, Friday, December 27; 7pm
- Chaz Mechenbier & Nicki Baker, Saturday, December 28; 7pm
- The Rice Brothers, Sunday, December 29; 7pm
- Costa Nostra, Monday, December 30; 7pm
- In Full Swing Big Band, Tuesday, December 31; 7-9pm
Family Fun at Franklin Park Conservatory
Sweet Turkeys Craft: Wednesday, November 27, 11am–3pm.
Listen to a story about the turkey that got away, and make a turkey-shaped sweet treat. $4 per cookie. Advance registration required. Admission not included.
Create a Gingerbread House: Friday, November 29 & Saturday, November 30, 11am–3pm.
Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage to The Wells Barn for some gingerbread fun! Create a mini house with graham crackers, frosting and candy. $6 per house. Advance registration required. Admission not included.
Franklin Park Conservatory Breakfast with Santa: Saturdays, December 7 and 14 from 8:30–10am: SOLD OUT FOR 2019 Breakfast and photos with Santa. $15-$35. Free for 3 and under; Price includes Conservatory admission.
Cookies with Santa: Saturday, December 21 & Sunday, December 22, 11am–3pm.
Visit Santa and two of his reindeer! Decorate a sugar cookie for a sweet treat. $2 per cookie. Advance registration required. Admission not included.
Realm of the Reptiles: Thursday, December 26; 11am and 2pm
Marissa Dubina shares the riveting world of reptiles in this memorable, tactile experience including appearances by a large tortoise, lizards, and s-s-snakes!
The Bugman: Friday, December 27; 11am through 2pm
Columbus favorite, Mark Berman, shares his love of all things creepy and crawly. This is an interactive, walk by engagement; rather than a sit down performance.
Comedy Juggler, Matt Jergens: Saturday, December 28; 11am and 2pm
This international gold medalist juggler has been thrilling and captivating audiences with his one man variety show of juggling, stunts, acrobatics and comedy.
The Shazzbots: Sunday, December 29; 11am and 2pm
For over ten years, this three-time emmy award winning rock band has been entertaining kids and parents of all ages with their unique brand of music, adventure and fun!
Mr. Puppet: Monday, December 30; 11am and 2pm
A professional comedian and ventriloquist, Bob Abdou performs with his puppets in this hilarious act appropriate for children and adults!
Rockin’ Pirate Magic Show: Thursday, January 2, 2020; 11am and 2pm
Children’s Entertainer, Erica Carlson brings comedy, magic and her famous hedgehog “Hedgie” together in this fun for all ages performance.
Columbus Children’s Theatre: Friday, January 3, 2020; 11am and 2pm
Geared to the youngest audience members, Matt Bassett’s production Nutt and Bolt, will be sure to have you and your little ones tapping your feet and making sounds of your own in no time.
Admission to the Franklin Park Conservatory is $19 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $12 for children 3-12 (free under age 2). Free admission is available on the first Sunday of the month, 10am–5pm, for families and individuals in eligible programs with proof of participation. Visitors must show a photo ID plus one of the following forms of ID at the Visitor Center: Ohio Directions card, Medicaid card, W.I.C. card, Molina card or Care Source Options.
Special Engagement Admission Rates for Conservatory Aglow
Conservatory Aglow Evening Admission Rates (5-9pm)
General Admission (ages 13–59): $22
Seniors (ages 60+): $19
Children (ages 3-12): $12
Conservatory Aglow Evening Member Rates (5-9pm)
Member (ages 13–59): $11
Member (ages 60+): $9.50
Member (ages 3-12): $6
Franklin Park Conservatory discounts
Community Days at the Conservatory: On the first Sunday of each month, the Conservatory will be free for residents of Franklin County and the City of Columbus during regular operating hours of 10am to 5pm.
Columbus Member Advantage discount: Members of select attractions and museums in Columbus will receive a $3 discount at Franklin Park Conservatory through the Columbus Member Advantage program. Partners include: Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Columbus, Ohio History Center & Ohio Village, National Veterans Memorial and Museum, Pizzuti Collection, Wexner Center for the Arts.
Educator, Military & Student Discounts: Take 10% off any membership category if you are a full-time, active educator or an active or retired military personnel. Present current teacher or military identification at the Visitor’s Center to qualify for this discount. Students (with valid ID) receive 10% off the Individual membership.
FPC passes at the Library: Conservatory Membership Cards are available for checkout at the Martin Luther King and Shepard branches of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. With an active library card, patrons can check out a temporary Conservatory membership card that will grant up to two adults and six children free admission to the Conservatory for 2 days.
Access Pass discounts: The Conservatory provides special discounts to qualifying families to make programming and special events avaialble to all. See website for specific discounts
Franklin Park Conservatory
1777 E Broad St
Columbus, Oh 43203
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