Opens Fri., Nov. 24
Garden Railroad: Treasure Island
Garden Railroad: Treasure Island
Garden Railroad: Treasure Island
Garden Railroad: Treasure Island
Garden Railroad: Treasure Island

Timed Tickets on Sale Now

The most magical time of the year arrives with the opening of Winter Flower Show and Light Garden: Holiday Magic! at Phipps. For added comfort and convenience this holiday season, you can reserve your visit time in advance with timed tickets. During peak times of the show, you will need to reserve your timed tickets before coming to Phipps.

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Hit the high seas with pirates, treasures and tropical plants in this fun reimagining of our Garden Railroad.

Hoist your sails for a show that really puts the "arr!" in garden! The ever-popular Garden Railroad in our South Conservatory has been reinvented, inviting guests on an adventure through a tropical world of Treasure Island. The whole family will delight in searching for treasure, learning pirate jokes and interacting with our popular miniature trains as they chug through a dense island filled with live plants and whimsical pirate props. You won't be able to resist pressing every button to see the animated features and hear the sound effects. It'll shiver your timbers and tickle your funny bone!

Animatronics for Garden Railroad are created by Maintenance Technician Paul Widek.

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman, Pawsburgh Photography. Train sound effect © Freesound.org user eliasheuninck CC-BY

More Holiday Fun

  • Winter Flower Show and Light Garden: Holiday Magic!

    Opens Fri., Nov. 24
    Winter Light Garden open evenings 5 – 11 p.m.*

    The most magical show of the year is here! Join us to celebrate the spirit of the season with glowing evergreens, festive poinsettias, whimsical props and our stunning outdoor Winter Light Garden.
  • Candlelight Evenings

    Opens Fri., Nov. 24
    Extended Hours: Open until 11 p.m.

    Winter Flower Show is even more enchanting at night as glowing candles light the walkways and live music fills the air.
  • Santa Visits

    Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 25 – Dec. 23 plus Nov. 24 and 27 and Dec. 18 – 22; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    This time of year, the man in the big red suit sets up shop in Pittsburgh's green oasis. Bring little ones, or the entire family, to pose for a festive photo with Santa, free with Phipps admission.
  • Gifts and Greens Market

    Nov. 30 – Dec. 2; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    From the glasshouse to your house, we're offering a large selection of fresh holiday greens and boutique gifts for loved ones in our shop at Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park. This event is free and open to the public!
  • Holiday Dinner at Phipps

    Fri., Dec. 1; 6 and 8 p.m.

    NOTE: This event is now SOLD OUT. For one very special evening, join us for a delicious holiday dinner and a stroll through our Winter Flower Show and Light Garden. Conservatory admission is included in the price!
  • Members-Only Shopping Hours and Discount

    Sat., Dec. 2; 8 – 10 a.m.

    Members: have the Shop at Phipps all to yourself as we open early just for you and take an extra 10-percent off on top of your member discount.
  • Family Fun Days

    Tues., Dec. 26 – Sat., Dec. 30; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Looking for a fun and educational outing for the kids during winter break? Join us for crafts, plant potting and more, all free with Phipps admission.
  • New Year's Eve Family Celebration

    Sun., Dec. 31; 6 – 9 p.m.

    Ring in 2018 with the whole family at Phipps and participate in an early countdown at 8:45 p.m. All activities are free with Phipps admission.