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Conservatory Aglow

11-16-2019 01-04-2020 10am – 9pm

Conservatory Aglow, presented by American Electric Power Foundation with lighting partner Ahlum & Arbor Tree Preservation, is bigger and brighter than ever as artists of international acclaim are incorporated into the show, including a full-scale exhibition of work by Dale Chihuly and an interactive light sculpture by Jen Lewin. These installations accompany familiar holiday favorites – such as poinsettia trees, rainbow tunnel, the gingerbread competition and more!

Conservatory Aglow Evening Experiences (special engagement pricing applies)

Chihuly Nights: More than 20 installations by renowned artist Dale Chihuly are featured in the current Chihuly: Celebrating Nature exhibition and, during Conservatory Aglow, visitors can see these stunning artworks after dark, illuminated against the botanical landscapes.

The Pool: Created by New York City based artist Jen Lewin, The Pool is an interactive, large-scale sculpture comprised of 100 glowing computerized pads that light up when visitors jump on them. The Pool is supported by the Ohio Arts Council.

Light displays: From the rainbow tunnel to trees that have been wrapped from trunk to branch tips, the Children’s Garden is awash in a rainbow of color. The show continues into the Grand Mallway, with pathways of glowing trees.

James Turrell’s Light Raiment II: This iconic installation illuminates the John F. Wolfe Palm House in a shifting rainbow of neon light every night of the year, and Conservatory Aglow is a special chance to see it up close.

Conservatory Aglow Daytime Experiences (10am-5pm) (included with general admission)

13th Annual Gingerbread Competition: This year’s display will be split into two parts, with youth and group categories displayed from Nov. 16-Dec. 8, and the adult and professional categories displayed Dec. 9-Jan. 5.

The Paul Busse Train: This fan favorite returns with a botanically inspired carousel featuring seasonal plantings.

Family-friendly performances: The Columbus Children’s Theater, The Shazzbots, The Bugman and more will make appearances during Conservatory Aglow for no additional charge. (See Holiday Family Entertainment below for more details)

Family-friendly holiday activities: The following hands-on activities will be offered during the daytime experience of Conservatory Aglow. (Registration is required and additional fees may apply. See Holiday Family Entertainment below for more details)

Special Engagement Admission Rates:

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

*Patron, Benefactor and Monarch Society memberships receive free admission to Conservatory Aglow


Conservatory Aglow’s evening hours are a special engagement opportunity presented after the Conservatory’s normal business hours. Tickets for Conservatory Aglow can be purchased online or at the door. For online purchases, please select your estimated arrival time to help us create a smooth flow of traffic for this event. You may arrive up to 15 minutes before or anytime in the evening after your selected time.

2019 Gingerbread Competition The Pool by Jen Lewin Breakfast with Santa Candlelight Dinners Holiday Family Entertainment

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