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Celebrate the season with a stroll through Winter Flower Show as it is enhanced by the warm glow of holiday lights and candlelit walkways.

Through Jan. 11, 2015*, Phipps will stay open until 11 p.m., giving you a unique opportunity to experience the magic of Winter Flower Show by evening light. Enjoy a relaxing meal at Café Phipps, visit our outdoor Winter Light Garden, and meander through our festive gift shop displays to complete your holiday shopping. Plus, stay tuned for a list of live musical performances that will add even more enchantment to these special evenings at Phipps.

Performance Schedule
(Subject to change)

Dec. 2: CMU's Counterpoint, 8 – 9 p.m.
Dec. 3: Joy Dorner, 7 – 8 p.m.
Dec. 5: Hope Academy, 6:30 – 7 p.m.; Mike Klobuchar, 7:30 – 8 p.m.
Dec. 6: Mary Rita Rossetti and Sue Garton, 12 – 2 p.m.; Saint Alexis Handbell Choir, 2 – 2:30 p.m.; Duquesne University, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 7: All About Dance, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Sweetwater Singers with Tami Fire, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.; Pulling Strings, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.; Undercroft Opera, 8 – 9 p.m.
Dec. 8: Becki Toth, 7 – 8 p.m.
Dec. 9: Oakland Catholic High School, 6:30 – 7 p.m.
Dec. 10: Penn-Trafford Community Flute Choir, 6:30 – 7 p.m.; Tuesday Musical Group, 7:15  – 8 p.m.
Dec. 11: Trinity Christian, 4 – 5 p.m. 
Dec. 12: Intent the Band, 7:30 – 8 p.m. 
Dec. 13: Jubilee Ringers, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 14: Pittsburgh Music Academy Violists, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.; Center for Young Musicians, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.; Anthony Buccicone, 6:30 – 7 p.m.; Quinta Voce Wind Quartet, 7:45 – 8:30 p.m. 
Dec. 15: Gateway High School, 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Dec. 16: Tuesday Musical Group, 6 – 6:45 p.m.
Dec. 17: Christine Sorola, 8 – 9 p.m. 
Dec. 19: Franklin Regional High School, 5 – 5:30 p.m.; Shadyside Brass Quintet, 6:30 – 7 p.m.; Pittsburgh Woodwind Quartet, 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Dec. 20: Tuesday Musical Group, 1 – 1:45 p.m.; Emergency Recorder Ensemble, 1 – 2 p.m.; Cathsaigh, 7 – 8 p.m. 
Dec. 21: East Wind Saxes, 3 – 4 p.m.; Aeolian Winds of Pittsburgh, 6 – 6:30 p.m.; North Hills High School, 7 – 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 22: Glass City Swing Band, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 23: Ben Mertz, 7:30 – 8 p.m.; Hilal Family, 8:15 –  9:30 p.m. 
Dec. 27: Matt Korbanic, 6 –  6:30 p.m.
Dec. 28: East End Kids, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.; Robert and Bob Erickson, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. 
Dec. 30: South Hills Children's Choir, 3:30 – 4 p.m.

*Phipps will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 and reopen at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 26.

Other Featured Exhibits & Events

Winter Light Garden
and Flower Show
Nov. 28, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015;
Winter Light Garden open evenings 5 – 11 p.m.*
Take a walk in our Winter Wonderland as we bring to life one of the most beloved carols of all time. With glowing evergreens, festive poinsettias, illuminated glass and our stunning outdoor Winter Light Garden, Phipps will sparkle and shine like never before this holiday season.
*Weather permitting
Garden Railroad
A unique twist on the traditional Garden Railroad, this year's display takes you back in time to the California Gold Rush — complete with water features, interactive buttons for children to push, and miniature living plants.
Santa Visits
Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 29 – Dec. 20, 2014, plus Nov. 28 and Dec. 1
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Bring the kids, or the entire family, to pose for a photo with Santa: It’s a perfect way to get into the spirit of the season and share a special memory with your holiday mailing list! Santa Visits are free with Phipps admission.
Gifts and Greens Market
Dec. 4 – 6, 2014
Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free and open to the public, this special holiday shopping tradition at Phipps Garden Center is sure to help you find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list this season.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh
Next Meeting Dec. 4, 2014
6 p.m., with networking and refreshments at 5:30 p.m.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh is the pilot chapter for a Biophilia Network of creative minds meeting monthly to discuss strengthening the bond between people and the natural world through education, discussion and action. Meetings are free to attend; advance RSVP is required. Join the conversation!
BETA Art Tours
First and third Saturdays, December 2014
Next Tour Dec. 6, 2014
11 a.m. – noon
Discover the BETA Project, a new collection of art at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes designed to enhance and restore the bonds between people and the natural world. Tours are free for members; however, space is limited and reservations are required by the Thursday prior to each tour date. To reserve, please contact us at 412/622-6915, ext. 6505 or
Saturdays with the Sugarplum Fairy
Sat., Dec. 6 and 13, 2014
10:30 – 11 a.m.
Phipps and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre are pleased to present Saturdays with the Sugarplum Fairy, 30-minute creative movement dance classes and story time sessions with a dancer in costume. Activities are free with Conservatory admission and appropriate for comfortably-dressed children of all ages.
Members-Only Shopping Hours and Discount
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014
8 – 10 a.m.
Members: Have the Shop at Phipps all to yourselves as we open early just for you. Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee as you browse our exquisite collection of unique gifts. Plus, get an extra 10-percent off on top of your member discount!
Family Fun Days
Dec. 26 – 30, 2014
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Featuring a variety of engaging educational activities, all free with the price of admission, these special days at the Conservatory are filled with adventure and fun.
New Year's Eve Family Celebration
Dec. 31, 2014
6 – 9 p.m.
At this family-friendly event, featuring a variety of activities for children, we will welcome 2015 with an early countdown at 8:45 p.m. so that everyone can join in the fun.
Tropical Forest India
Now Open
Explore our new exhibit showcasing one of the most botanically rich regions of the world. Highlights include an Ayurvedic healing garden, spice and tea market displays, a stunning temple facade on Special Events Hall, and more!
Romero the Corpse Flower
Turns Over a New Leaf
Last year, he wowed thousands with his inimitable odor, and this year, he’s back with an amazing new look. After 10 dormant months, Romero has produced an enormous leaf to collect energy for his next big bloom. Visit the Tropical Forest Conservatory to see his transformation firsthand.