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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: Emergency Recorder Ensemble, 1 – 2 p.m.; Tuesday Musical Group, 2 – 2:45 p.m.; Zephyr Group, 3 – 4 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 through Dec. 21, 2014
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.
BETA Art Tours
First and third Saturdays, December 2014
Next Tour Dec. 20, 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
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.
Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show
Jan. 17 – March 1, 2015
Chase away the winter blues with the spectacular sight of orchid specimens arranged in beds and baskets, and see unique selections from our permanent collection of tropical bonsai.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh
Next Meeting February 2015
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!
Party in the Tropics
Select Fridays
Next Party Feb. 13, 2015
7 – 11 p.m.
Ages 21+
Gather your friends and get ready to dine, drink and dance the night away at Phipps! Make our paradise your own as you indulge in sweet and savory morsels, taste unique cocktails, and dance to the beats of a live DJ in our Tropical Forest Conservatory. Entry is free with Conservatory admission.
Hothouse Happy Hours
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
6 – 8 p.m.
Join us on Feb. 19 as we partner with the Pittsburgh Urban Magnetic Project (PUMP) to kick off Hothouse Happy Hours, a series of events for young professionals, featuring specialty cocktails, beer and wine, inspired bites and dynamic special guests.
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.