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)