December 2019

  • Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden

    Opens Fri., Nov. 29

    This year's exciting Festival of Trees theme makes holiday trees the centerpiece of Phipps' winter wonderland, with classic firs, colorful poinsettia trees, a floating forest of sparkling trees reflecting on water and so much more.
  • Garden Railroad: Farms, Food and Family

    Opens Sat., Oct. 19

    Join us on a miniature journey through farms that impact our daily lives in our fun and family-friendly Garden Railroad.
  • Santa Visits

    Select dates and times, Nov. 29 – Dec. 23

    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, free with Phipps admission.
  • Member Shopping Hours and Discount

    Sat., Nov. 30 – Sun., Dec. 1; 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 Evenings

    Mondays and Wednesdays, Dec. 2, 4, 9 and 11; 5 – 8 p.m.

    New Family Fun Evenings offer a fun learning experience for our youngest visitors under the lights of Holiday Magic! Join us for crafts, plant potting and more, all free with Phipps admission.
  • Magic Meets Music: Live Performance Nights

    Select Tuesdays, Dec. 3 – Jan. 7

    Select Tuesdays, Holiday Magic! is made even more enchanting with live musical entertainment! See our performance schedule and plan your visit.
  • Gifts and Greens Market

    Dec. 5 – 7; Thursday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 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 at Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park. This event is free and open to the public!
  • Family Fun Days

    Dec. 26 – 30; 11 a.m. – 2 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

    Tues., Dec. 31; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    Ring in 2020 with the whole family at Phipps and participate in an early countdown at 8:45 p.m. All activities are free with Phipps admission.
  • December Public Programs

    Free with admission Saturdays and Sundays; 1:30 p.m. except where noted

    Join us each Saturday and Sunday in the Tropical Forest Conservatory for interactive demonstrations, activities and speakers that will deepen your connections to the beauty and wonders of nature, all free with admission! No advance reservations are needed.
  • Discovery Programs

    Free with Admission Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Plus Additional Days As Available

    Join us for one of our weekly scheduled Discovery Programs to engage our youngest visitors with the wonders of the natural world. All programs are free with admission and require no advance registration.
  • Planets Earth

    Open Now

    A dynamic exhibit at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes addresses the pressing environmental issues of our time and proposes a new way of thinking about how to solve them.
  • Tropical Forest Cuba

    Now Open

    Experience the natural beauty and culture of Cuba, one of the most biodiverse Caribbean island nations on Earth, in our immersive new Tropical Forest exhibit.
  • Nature Lab Open Hours

    Saturdays; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Except as Noted

    The revolutionary Nature Lab at Phipps is now open for you to discover. Drop in during our Saturday open hours and a graduate of our Learning for a Greener Future high school internship will show you around. No advance reservation is required.