Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory exhibits holiday cheer


The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory in Fort Wayne, 1100 S. Calhoun St., will display “Snow Days” and “Garden in Lights” until Jan. 7, 2018. “Santa and the Reindeer” allow photo opportunities for children and their parents.

“Snow Days”

The “snow days” referred to here are the kind that come as a surprise; the ones that cause school to be canceled. In the exhibit, the “people” are of the snow variety. Surrounded by decorated evergreens and poinsettias, the snow people bake cookies and make hot chocolate. Snow kids build forts and have snowball fights. In between, are bright white blankets of snow. “Snow Days” is located inside the conservatory’s holiday garden exhibit area. Entry to “Snow Days” requires regular admission.

“Garden in Lights”

“Garden in Lights” showcases the conservatory’s gardens inside and out. Even the desert and tropical gardens are dressed up for holidays usually associated with colder temperatures.

“Garden in Lights” is on display alongside the decorations for “Snow Days.” The conservatory is open later on Thursday and Friday nights. The whimsical beauty of the lights mixed with the botanical elements make for one of the most stunning displays of holiday cheer incorporating the natural world to be found in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

“Santa and the Reindeer”

For those who desire a little more tradition in their holiday outings, Santa and the reindeer will visit on three Saturdays in December before Christmas. The last two dates are Dec. 9 and 16. The event begins at noon and lasts until 4 p.m.

Santa will be present with two reindeer. Parents and guardians can commemorate the event and take their own pictures. Regular admission guidelines are applied to the event. Conservatory members, volunteers, and children aged 2 years and younger are admitted free.

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory (previously known as the Botanical Conservatory) has a history of celebrating the holidays in innovative and traditional ways. Over the past two decades, the Conservatory has hosted choral groups, provided concert space for professional and semi-professional popular bands, all while transforming plants and flowers into holiday-themed exhibits.

Admission to the Foellinger-Friemann Botanical Conservatory is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 3-17. Children age 2 and younger are free. More information about the Botanical Conservatory and its holiday exhibits can be found at



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