Glow at the Cleveland Botanical Garden will delight the senses and transport visitors into a safe holiday wonderland outside and in, all season-long beginning Saturday, November 21 through Sunday, January 3, 2021.
Glow will feature plants that we use to celebrate the holiday season – whether conifer trees, poinsettias and holly, the herbs we use in cooking, the fruits and vegetables we feast on. Our holiday traditions are filled with plants and trees and this year they will take center stage throughout the botanical garden’s holiday season.
Timed entry tickets are now available. Please note that members must also pre-register. Registrations can be made up to three weeks in advance of your visit. Glow is a socially-distanced, one-way guided path through indoor and outdoor visual experiences with plenty of photo opportunities and self-guided engagement for all ages. Visitors will be inspired by botanical holiday décor on front doors, in table settings as well as on trees and wreaths decorated by members of more than 30 affiliate garden clubs. Stroll through the Glasshouse to spot the holiday gnome homes – how many can you find? Clark Hall features a beautifully decorated 16-foot tall live white fir (Abies concolor) and community decorated gingerbread houses – vote for your favorites!
Be sure to get outside this year, as visitors to Glow will witness a festive display on the terrace complete with giant GLOW letters emblazoned with botanical décor in the reflecting pool. Dynamic lighting and a self-guided story trail that connects four different winter garden vignettes. The story trail leads guests out to the Hershey Children’s Garden, which will remain open through January 3 until sunset and contain holiday lights. For seasoned winter explorers of all ages, an evergreen tree identification activity that will surprise and delight you in the Inspiration Gardens.
New this year are Glow Nights with special evening hours and unique experiences for the whole family or a fun date night. Glow Nights programming schedule is coming soon. It will include old holiday favorites and new traditions including:
-Chainsaw carving on White Oak Walk with Chris Pascoe of Carvings by Chris – Saturday, November 21 (noon – 5pm)
-Live music from Kiki N’ Me on the Geis Terrace – Saturday, November 28 (5:30-8:30)
-Krampusnacht with the Ohio Krampus Society & DJ Kris Koch on the Geis Terrace – Saturday, December 5 (5:30pm-8:30pm)
-Ice sculpting demo by Elegant Ice Creations, Inc. on the Geis Terrace – Saturday, December 12 (1pm – 2pm)
-Live music from Diana Chittester on the Geis Terrace – Saturday, December 19 (5:30pm – 8:30pm)
-DJ Kris Koch New Year’s dance party on the Geis Terrace – Saturday, January 2 (1 – 3pm)
Wednesday: 10 a.m – 6 p.m
Thursday – Saturday: noon – 8:30 p.m
Sunday: noon – 6 p.m
The Botanical Garden closes at 3 p.m on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.