December 2018

  • Holiday Magic: Let It Glow!

    Opens Fri., Nov. 23
    Winter Light Garden Open Evenings 5 – 11 P.M.*

    Experience the joy and wonder of the holidays at Phipps, featuring our newly restored Palm Court, breathtaking displays and all-new light installations. Timed tickets are required in advance!
  • Garden Railroad: Memories in Motion

    Open Now

    All aboard! Join us on a treasured locomotive journey through the years at Phipps, with fun, interactive features at every stop.
  • 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.
  • Make the Switch at Phipps! Green Power Drive

    Mondays – Fridays, 11:30 a.m. – Close; Saturdays – Sundays All Day

    Switch your home electricity to 100% green power while visiting our Tropical Forest Conservatory and you can receive a free Phipps membership!
  • Magic Meets Music: Live Performance Nights

    Select Weeknights, Nov. 26 – Jan. 3

    Select weeknights, Holiday Magic is made even more enchanting with live musical entertainment! See our performance schedule and plan your visit.
  • Santa Visits

    Select dates and times, Nov. 23 – 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., 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.
  • Gifts and Greens Market

    Dec. 6 – 8; 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!
  • Family Zumba with Let’s Move Pittsburgh and YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

    Sun., Dec. 9; 9 a.m.

    Join us at Phipps for a free, family-style Zumba class presented by the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh and Let’s Move Pittsburgh.
  • 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

    Mon., Dec. 31; 6 – 9 p.m.

    Ring in 2019 with the whole family at Phipps and participate in an early countdown at 8:45 p.m. All activities are free with Phipps admission.
  • Phipps Through the Years: A Photo Exhibit

    OPEN NOW

    In the Welcome Center Gallery, enjoy a series of photos showing the evolution of Phipps' entrance over the past 125 years.
  • Learning for a Greener Future: A Youth Art Exhibition

    Open Now

    In the CSL Green Gallery, enjoy artistic photos of Phipps taken by high school students from the Learning for a Greener Future internship program.
  • December Public Programs

    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! Make an origami creation, learn about orchids, meet a...
  • Discovery Programs

    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.
  • 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.