For Immediate Release: Wed., Nov. 3
Contact: Joe Reed | Director of Marketing and Communications
412-622-6915, ext. 3801 | jreed@phipps.conservatory.org


Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden Returns to Phipps Conservatory
Members Can Reserve Tickets Now to Enjoy Pittsburgh’s Premier Holiday Attraction

Pittsburgh, PA – Here we glow again! On Fri., Nov. 19, Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden returns to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ gleaming glasshouse, and with a new theme of Sparkle and Shine, guests are sure to delight at the stunning sights and twinkling lights. Phipps has pulled out all the stops for this year’s Winter Flower Show and, after a brief hiatus in 2020, is pleased to announce the return of the celebrated Winter Light Garden. Members can reserve tickets starting Wed., Nov. 3. Ticket sales open to the public on Wed., Nov. 10; all member and nonmember tickets must be reserved in advance to attend this year’s show.

New features for 2021 include:

  • A Victorian holiday display that transports guests back to the opening of Phipps in December 1893, with oversized topiary ornaments hanging above and an 8-foot decorated tree rotating in a chiming music box
  • A reflective wonderland featuring sparkling ornaments, mirrored tree toppers and twinkling silver trees among elegant beds of red, white and green plants
  • A 9-foot-tall holiday tree in the center of an elegant rotunda surrounded by decorated trees floating atop the reflective Victoria pond
  • A fun, nontraditional display with a color scheme inspired by iridescence in nature, featuring trees decorated with ornaments arranged in a gradient of colors from blue to green to yellow to pink
  • A whimsical display featuring topiary reindeer, a holiday tree made up of 50 anthurium plants, an archway composed of wreaths and holiday trees decorated with ornaments created by local middle and high school students through the Fairchild Challenge
  • A grand finale that takes you on a supersized journey through oversized gifts and toys under a canopy of colorful string lights
  • Dazzling displays of holiday trees, topiaries and signature floral delights, including amaryllis, orchids and more than 1,600 poinsettias
  • Luminous orbs, trees, fountains and tunnels of lights filling the Outdoor and Discovery Gardens
  • A new addition to the Winter Light Garden that transforms the Discovery Garden Pavilion into a glowing ice palace

The new Garden Railroad: Bridges and Tunnels display is on view, too, with miniature recreations of iconic western Pennsylvania scenes and fun, interactive features at every stop. Tropical Forest Cuba will also be accentuated with 250 feet of lights — including pink globe lights, illuminated trees and pendant lights — to give off a vibrant glow of its own!

Members and kids under 2 enter free. All member and nonmember tickets must be reserved in advance and masks are strongly recommended for all guests and required for unvaccinated guests ages 2 and up. Learn more and reserve tickets at phipps.conservatory.org/Tickets.

Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden, designed by Associate Director of Exhibits Jordyn Melino, runs Nov. 19 – Sun., Jan. 9. Admission is $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors and students, and $11.95 for children (ages 2 – 18). Hours are 9:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily. Phipps closes at 5 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 24 and reopens at 9:30 a.m. on Sun., Dec. 26.


About Phipps: Founded in 1893, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA is a globally recognized green leader with a mission to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse. Encompassing 15 acres including a historic 14-room glasshouse, 23 distinct indoor and outdoor gardens and industry-leading sustainable architecture and operations, Phipps attracts more than half a million visitors annually from around the world. Learn more at phipps.conservatory.org.

Watch TEDx: What We Can Learn From an Old Glasshouse: A look at the evolving way we connect people to nature at Phipps, demonstrate how human and environmental health are inextricably connected, and show that to age gracefully, we must continually reinvent ourselves to evolve with the rest of the world.