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Franklin Park Conservatory Will Turn Into An Illuminated Winter Wonderland For Conservatory Aglow

Conservatory Aglow will return to Franklin Park Conservatory later this month, starting November 18.

Thousands of lights will illuminate the grounds of the Conservatory, offering visitors the opportunity to explore the gardens after dark. From the musical light show to a reimagined Topiary Collection, this year’s event will be fun for visitors of all ages.

This year offers some new displays including the light show in the rainbow tunnel, a disco-themed dance party, a musical light show, and more. Of course, it wouldn’t be Conservatory Aglow without the tried and true favorites like the gingerbread house display and the ornament trees, constructed with glass-blown ornaments from the hot shop at the Conservatory.

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Visitors will also be able to enjoy an illuminated interior of the Conservatory. The paths through the different biomes will be glowing with candlelight and the amazing Chihuly collection will be illuminated, offering a soft glow from each of the installations.

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On December 11, in partnership with the Jewish Community Center, the Conservatory will celebrate Hanukkah with children’s crafts, activities and entertainment. Guests can celebrate Hanukkah and learn more about the traditions surrounding the holiday. A public menorah will be lit at 7 p.m. and the rest of the activities will be happening from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. that night.

In addition to the lights, there will also be entertainers and musicians performing in the gardens on select evenings. You can view the calendar of entertainers here, but if you have any interest in getting in a good word with Santa before Christmas, you can swing by on December 16-17 when Santa and his reindeer will be on hand.

The most exciting part of Conservatory Aglow this year will be the addition of an ice skating rink! The rink is synthetic ice, so no matter what the temperature is, the rink will be open. Guests can bring their own skates or borrow some from the on-site inventory. The Ahlum & Arbor Ice Rink is limited to 60 guests skating at a time and will operate on a first come, first served basis.

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Tickets for Conservatory Aglow can go quickly, so it’s recommended that you make your reservations in advance. The exhibition is considered a Special Engagement, so tickets are $26 for non-members and $15.50 for members. There are discounts available. The event runs through January 7, 2024.

For more info about the event, or to book your tickets, please visit the Franklin Park Conservatory website.