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Conservatory Aglow

11-20-2021 01-09-2022 5 – 9pm


Conservatory Aglow, presented by American Electric Power Foundation with lighting partner Ahlum & Arbor Tree Preservation, transforms the gardens into a wonderland of lights.

The outdoor Conservatory experience will be glowing and magical thanks to thousands of lights presented in stunning displays. Visitor favorites—like the musical light show and Gingerbread House—return to accompany brand new light displays including a reimagined Topiary Collection. Entertainers and musicians will perform in the gardens on select evenings to enhance the experience.

The entire Conservatory is open during Conservatory Aglow allowing visitors to enjoy the seasonal horticulture of Holiday Blooms and the interior biomes.

Please review the Ticketing and Health & Safety procedures below before visiting Conservatory Aglow!


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A safe and enjoyable experience for guests and staff is our top priority. Thank you in advance for your participation!


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Experiencing Conservatory Aglow

All there is to do and see during the evening. Be sure to make a list and check it twice!

Light Displays & Shows Stunning light displays brighten the gardens in the Grand Mallway and Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children's Garden.
Live Entertainment From 6-8pm on select evenings, a variety of entertainers will perform outdoors.

The entertainment schedule is subject to change without notice. Thank you for understanding.

Entertainment List

November 26: The Amazing Giants Mirrored Dancers
December 4: Holiday Character Stilt Walkers
December 11: LED Hula-Hoopers and Jugglers
December 17: Lollipop Lyra Hoop Acrobat
December 21: Snowflake Roller Skaters
December 23: Holiday Character Stilt Walkers
December 26: The Amazing Giants Mirrored Dancers
December 28: Unicyclist & Penny Farther
December 29: The Royal Jokers Jugglers
December 30: Snowflake Roller Skaters
January 1: Lollipop Lyra Hoop Acrobat
January 7: Unicyclist & Penny Farther
January 8: LED Hula-Hoopers and Jugglers

Musical Entertainment Starting at 7pm on select evenings, a variety of musical guests will perform outdoors.

The music schedule is subject to change without notice. Thank you for understanding.

Performance List

December 10: The Columbus Chorus
December 20: Vaud-Villites
December 22: SupaFun Band
December 31: In Full Swing Big Band with Vocalsit Nicki Baker

Santa, Reindeer & Cookie Decorating On December 18 and 19, see Santa and two live reindeer out in the gardens. Visitors will also be able to decorate a packaged sugar cookie ($2 per cookie).
Light Tunnel Take a dazzling walk as you enter the Conservatory Aglow experience. This year the light tunnel has been reimagined with a wintry color theme.
Topiary Collection Elephants, giraffes, flamingos, fish and more from the Topiary Collection will decorated with lights.
Gingerbread House There's nothing sweeter than stopping by the larger-than-life Gingerbread House in the Grand Mallway.
Winter Wonderland A beautiful winter wonderland awaits in the Conservatory's Sculpture Garden.
Starry Night The Bonsai Courtyard is as magical as a starry night with a crescent moon and glittering stars.
Ornament Trees Stunning trees constructed entirely out of ornaments have been placed in the Grand Mallway.
Whirly Tree The whimsical Whirly Tree, created by Tork Inc., is back this year and styled in orange.
Refreshments The Conservatory's Garden Café and Food Truck will be open 5-9pm. Other local food trucks and a kettle corn vendor will be onsite.

Additional Offerings

The entire Conservatory is open to visitors during Conservatory Aglow. 

Holiday Blooms Seasonal horticulture, themed vignettes, and wintry container gardens are found throughout the Conservatory and botanical gardens. Paul Busse Garden Railway The railway and botanical structures are adorned with string lights. Chihuly Collection See the stunning glass installations after dark, illuminated against the botanical landscapes. Member Holiday Party & Preview Nights Members can enjoy early access to Conservatory Aglow on November 19 as well as free admission November 22-24.

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