During Conservatory Aglow, THE CONSERVATORY WILL CLOSE TO THE PUBLIC AT 4PM AND REOPEN AT 5PM.
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!
Know Before You Go
A safe and enjoyable experience for guests and staff is our top priority. Thank you in advance for your participation!
For all ticketing concerns, you must email email@example.com. Using any other method will likely result in your message going unanswered.
It’s strongly recommended that all guests, including members, reserve their tickets in advance. Many nights will sell out.
Members at the Patron, Benefactor and Monarch level receive free admission and do not need to make reservations in advance.
Conservatory Aglow occurs regardless of weather, please plan accordingly.
The entire building will be open each night and guests can take shelter inside during inclement weather.
No refunds will be issued due to weather.
The Conservatory will close to the public at 4pm before Conservatory Aglow begins at 5pm.
Closing after General Admission allows the facility to be cleaned and set up for Conservatory Aglow.
Guests will not be permitted to stay in the Conservatory buildings or interior grounds from 4-5pm.
Doors open at 5pm, please arrive within 30 minutes of your scheduled ticket time.
Timed ticketing allows for capacity control and improves the check-in process.
Please have tickets ready to be scanned when you arrive at the front desk. Tickets can be printed or scanned from a smartphone.
If you want to renew your membership or purchase a new membership, please do so ahead of your visit to Conservatory Aglow.
Members receive discounts on special engagement tickets and having tickets ready to scan will expedite your admission.
Membership purchases and renewals are available online.
Any guests with mobility challenges can be dropped off in the bus loop right outside the main entrance.
Refunds & Exchanges
Admission tickets are non-refundable.
No refunds will be issued due to weather.
All requests for exchanges must be made at least 48 hours in advance of your reserved tickettime. Requests using any method other than what is outlined above will go unanswered.
Email your exchange request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, email address used to reserve tickets, and the date and time you would like your tickets moved to.
A $5.00 fee per reservation will be assessed for all ticket exchanges.
If the Conservatory determines that conditions warrant canceling an event, a message will be posted on our website and on social media. Guests with reserved tickets will be contacted directly.
Health & Safety
Guests should visit another day if they do not feel well and continue to use everyday preventative measures (e.g. wash hands, cover coughs, etc.) before, during and after their visit.
In accordance with the City of Columbus, all guests are required to wear face coverings while indoors. Unvaccinated guests should wear face coverings both indoors and outdoors.
Disposable face masks are available at the Visitor Center for free.
The Conservatory practices thorough sanitization procedures and utilizes air purification systems that kill airborne viruses and neutralize harmful pollutants.
The Conservatory’s parking lots fill up quickly during these evening events. Additional parking is available within Franklin Park, but it is a greater distance from the main entrance, please plan accordingly. Any guests with mobility challenges can be dropped off in the bus loop right outside the main entrance.
All there is to do and see during the evening. Be sure to make a list and check it twice!
Light Displays & ShowsStunning light displays brighten the gardens in the Grand Mallway and Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children's Garden.
Live EntertainmentFrom 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 22: SupaFun Band
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 EntertainmentStarting at 7pm on select evenings, a variety of musical guests will perform indoors.
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 31: In Full Swing Big Band with Kelly McLennan
Santa, Reindeer & Cookie DecoratingOn December 18 and 19 from 6-8pm, 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 TunnelTake a dazzling walk as you enter the Conservatory Aglow experience. This year the light tunnel has been reimagined with a wintry color theme.
Topiary CollectionElephants, giraffes, flamingos, fish and more from the Topiary Collection will decorated with lights.
Gingerbread HouseThere's nothing sweeter than stopping by the larger-than-life Gingerbread House in the Grand Mallway.
Winter WonderlandA beautiful winter wonderland awaits in the Conservatory's Sculpture Garden.
Starry NightThe Bonsai Courtyard is as magical as a starry night with a crescent moon and glittering stars.
Ornament TreesStunning trees constructed entirely out of ornaments have been placed in the Grand Mallway.
Whirly TreeThe whimsical Whirly Tree, created by Tork Inc., is back this year and styled in pink, blue and green.
RefreshmentsThe Conservatory's Garden Café will be open select nights from 5-9pm, serving hot and cold food, snacks, beer and wine. The Conservatory Food Truck will be open select nights from 5-9pm, serving hot food, snacks, hot drinks and hot adult beverages drinks. Other local food trucks and a kettle corn vendor will be available on select nights.
January 3: Conservatory Food Truck open, Garden Café closed
January 4: Conservatory's Garden Café & Food Truck closed
January 5: Conservatory's Garden Café & Food Truck closed
January 6: Conservatory Food Truck open, Garden Café closed
January 7: Conservatory's Garden Café & Food Truck open
January 8: Conservatory's Garden Café & Food Truck open
January 9: Conservatory's Garden Café & Food Truck open
Cash BarThe bar will serve cocktails, beer and wine. Two specialty cocktails and one specialty mocktail will be available and served in a special light-up glass.
During the final week of Conservatory Aglow, the bar will only be open on January 7 and 8.
The entire Conservatory is open to visitors during Conservatory Aglow.
Gift CardsConservatory gift cards make easy gifts that recipients can use to personalize their visit. They are redeemable for tickets, memberships, classes and at Botanica Gift Shop & Greenhouse and the Garden Café.