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SOLD OUT: Cocktails at the Conservatory – Making Spirits Bright

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Plan a date night for a winter wonderland at Cocktails at the Conservatory.

Enjoy holiday-themed cocktails while exploring the beautiful lights during Conservatory Aglow. Food trucks and live music will be available along with holiday trivia, access to the entire Conservatory, and even an ice skating rink!

Cocktails at the Conservatory events are 5:30-9:30pm and strictly 21+. IDs will be checked at the door. Advance reservations are required for all guests, including all member levels and Monarchs, and close at midnight before the event. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

What To Expect

Frequently Asked Questions

What To Expect

An event map and passport will serve as your guides to the event! Pick them up when you check in at the Visitor Center.

Drinks Try free samples from four local alcohol vendors and purchase additional drinks from cash bars.

-Watershed Distillery: Santa’s Sangria
-Mad Moon Cider: Hunky Dory Apple Pie
-Echo Spirits: Hot Buttered Rum
-Endeavor Brewing & Spirits: Yippee Ki-Yay

Eat Food options available:

-Conservatory Garden Café
-Fancy Feeding You
-The Cheesecake Castle
-Ninja Bowl
Ahlum & Arbor Ice Rink From 5:30pm-9:30pm

This additional amenity is brought to you through generous support by Ahlum & Arbor Tree Preservation. The rink is synthetic ice, so will operate regardless of the outside temperature. Guests can bring their own skates, or borrow some from the on-site inventory. The Ahlum & Arbor Ice Rink is limited in capacity to about 60 guests skating at a time and will operate on a first come, first served basis.
Holiday Trivia We’ve got you covered with Christmas and holiday trivia questions guaranteed to make your night bright! 1 hour games hosted at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm
Music & Performances Live music and wandering entertainers spread good vibes in the Conservatory:

-Ebony & Ivory Dueling Pianos: Live holiday music
-Roaming Santa Clause
Explore The entire Conservatory is open for you to explore after hours. Spend time with your friends, take pictures, enjoy the scenery and more:

Holiday Blooms: Experience extravagant scenes featuring hundreds of unique poinsettias, the poinsettia trees and more!

Light Shows: Explore the beautiful lights throughout the Conservatory Aglow experience

Art: Appreciate the art of Light Raiment II and The Chihuly Collection

Paul Busse Garden Railway: Journey with the trains through a miniature world of 47 botanical models made from all-natural plant material.

Gift Shop: Shop for a houseplant or gift at Botanica Gift Shop & Greenhouse

Support: Support our non-profit mission by making a gift on your way out
Prizes There are a few opportunities to make this a truly winning experience:

-Passport: Complete and turn in your event passport to be entered into a raffle for a prize. (To be announced)

Community Support

$5 of every ticket sold to Cocktails at the Conservatory is donated to support the Conservatory’s non-profit mission. By attending, guests help fund programs that educate children, ensure community access to nature and spread gardens throughout the city. To see the results of your impact, subscribe to Conservatory Cultivators, a quarterly blog that shares happy stories of impact.


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!).

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.

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 the Conservatory dining and food trucks.

The entertainment is included with the cost of a ticket and does not require additional reservations.

$5 of every ticket is donated to the Conservatory’s non-profit mission, supporting outreach, access, and education programs. Visitors make a difference just by visiting and can see the results of their impact by subscribing to the Conservatory Cultivators.

Is there a dress code?

There is no formal dress code for this event. It is a cocktail party, and guests are encouraged to wear fun outfits, especially if they match the theme of the event.

Be sure to keep the weather in mind!

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.