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Cocktails at the Conservatory – Christmas in July

Ho Ho Ho Hold on! It’s Christmas in July? We’ve planned a Cocktails at the Conservatory that’s a wacky-wonderful gift.

Compete in holiday trivia, ride a mechanical rodeo reindeer, and spot the stilt walking elf while steel drums play a mix of Christmas classics and modern favorites. Our specialty cocktail is the…the…the…THE GRINCH! Alcohol vendors and food trucks serve up sips and snacks that grandma definitely wouldn’t serve at her dinner table.

Cocktails at the Conservatory events are 5:30-9pm and strictly 21+. Advance reservations are required for all guests, including all member levels and Monarchs. Tickets may sell out so reserve yours soon! Party at the Conservatory for a purpose; a portion of every ticket sale is donated to the Conservatory’s outreach programs which positively impact the community.

The Plan

Drinks The Grinch is the specialty drink served from the cash bars, which also carry holiday beers. Cocktail and beer samples are available from local vendors.

Middle West Spirits:
-Bourbon Smash
-Pom Punch

Saucy Brew Works:
-Three Ho’s Christmas Ale

Crafted Culture
-Panama Crunk Juice IPA
-Pharaoh’s Gold Saison
Eat Food trucks onsite:

Aloha Aina
Where It All Vegan
Steel Drums Ted Royalty Duo plays holiday classics and modern favorites on the steel drums.
Moonlight Moment Capture a photo with the beautiful moon from Conservatory Aglow.
Christmas Trivia Big Head Trivia puts on a jolly competition.
Rodeo Reindeer Step into Santa's saddle and see how long you can ride the reindeer.
Stilt Walking Elf On summer holiday, this unusually tall elf has come to party in the gardens.
Explore The entire Conservatory is open for you to explore after hours. Hang out with friends, take pictures, and enjoy the scenery in our beautiful green spaces.
Play Lawn games and activities will be available in the gardens.
Photo Booth Capture a memory with The Selfie Spot 614.


“With a Twist” Major Sponsor

 “Aperitif” Supporting Sponsors Cardinal Health & GreenScapes Landscape Co.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Frequently Asked Questions


Wheelchairs and motorized scooters are available for free on a first-come-first-served basis. 

Designated parking spaces are available near the Main Entrance. Guests can be dropped off a short distance from the Main Entrance if necessary.

Service Animals are the only animals permitted at the Conservatory.

Please contact us with any specific accessibility concerns.

Are these events 21+?

Yes, these are cocktail party-style events where alcohol will be served. IDs required. These events are a special opportunity for adults to enjoy the Conservatory with their peers

Do I need to reserve tickets?

Yes, advance reservations are required for each event, including for all member levels and Monarchs. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Reservations will close at midnight the evening before the event date. Reservations may sell out before then! Reservations can be made on each event page. 

Tickets are $30 for the public and $25 for Conservatory members (join now!).

Reserve Tickets

Are refunds available?

No, tickets are final sale and non-refundable. This includes refunds for the weather as the events can be moved inside.

Please contact us with any issues.

Are these events weather dependent?

No, the entire indoor Conservatory is open during the events so they will not be canceled due to weather. Activities and vendors will be moved to rain locations if need be.

Refunds are not available due to weather.

What’s included in a reservation?

Access to the Conservatory’s indoor and outdoor experiences and current exhibitions. The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden will close at dark.

Activities are included with the cost of a ticket and do not require additional reservations.

Reservations also include alcohol samples from each alcohol vendor. Additional drinks can only be purchased from the designated cash bars. Food may be purchased from local food trucks on site.

Are outside food or beverages permitted?

No, outside food and beverages will not be permitted. We kindly ask that you support the cash bar and local vendors.

Is there parking available?

Yes, the Conservatory has a free parking lot for guests located off of East Broad Street. Guests can also be dropped off or picked up in front of the Main Entrance. Please see our map.

If necessary, additional parking is available at the Franklin Park Adventure Center.