December 2016

  • Winter Flower Show and Light Garden: Days of Snow and Nights Aglow

    Open Now
    Winter Light Garden open evenings 5 – 11 p.m.*

    The most magical show of the year takes place right here! With glowing evergreens, festive poinsettias, illuminated glass and our stunning outdoor Winter Light Garden, Phipps will sparkle and shine brighter than ever.
  • Garden Railroad: 200 Years of Pittsburgh

    Open Now

    Travel back in time with Phipps' Garden Railroad as 200 years of Pittsburgh history come to life with interactive buttons, exquisitely detailed props and miniature living plants.
  • Candlelight Evenings

    Fri., Nov. 25 – Sun., Jan. 8
    Extended Hours: Open until 11 p.m.

    Winter Flower Show is even more enchanting at night as glowing candles light the walkways and live music fills the air.
  • Santa Visits

    Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 26 – Dec. 18 plus Nov. 25 – 28 and Dec. 19 – 23; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    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 with Santa, free with Phipps admission.
  • Biophilia: Pittsburgh

    Thurs., Dec. 1; 6 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for refreshments and networking)

    Biophilia: Pittsburgh meets monthly to discuss how citizens can strengthen the bond between people and nature through education and action. Registration is required but events are free to attend. Join the conversation!
  • Family Zumba with Let’s Move Pittsburgh and YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

    Sun., Dec. 18; 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

    Mon., Dec. 26 – Fri., Dec. 30; 11 a.m. – 4 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

    Sat., Dec. 31; 6 – 9 p.m.

    Ring in 2017 with the whole family at Phipps and participate in an early countdown at 8:45 p.m. All activities are free with Phipps admission.
  • Highlights: Fall and Winter Flower Shows 1995 – 2015

    Open Now

    In this special photo exhibit in our Welcome Center, explore selected highlights from the past two decades of exuberant fall and winter shows.
  • Ashley Cecil, Augustina Droze and Deirdre Murphy: Emergent Patterns

    Open Now

    On display in our Center for Sustainable Landscapes, this exhibition showcases three remarkable artists whose works explore patterns of collective behavior in nature through painting, sculpture and textile design.
  • December Public Programs

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

    Grow your garden know-how by attending a free-with-admission class. From arts and crafts to African cuisine, local experts bring it all to you surrounded by the beauty of our gardens.
  • SEED Classroom and Observational Beehive Open Hours

    Saturdays; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    Phipps' revolutionary new SEED Classroom and observational beehive are 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.
  • 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.
  • Tropical Forest Congo

    Open Now

    Explore our all-new exhibit featuring some of Africa’s lushest landscapes. See botanical specimens never before showcased at Phipps and discover how indigenous peoples use plants to sustain and enrich their lives.