Every year we visit Garfield Park to see the Sunken Gardens and the Garfield Park Conservatory during various stages of bloom. The Garfield Conservatory is host to several of our favorite programs including Conservatory Crossing. Conservatory Crossing at Garfield Park on the south side of Indianapolis is a beautiful season of twinkling white Christmas lights, pink, red & white poinsettias and train layouts.
I love walking through the Conservatory to see the beautiful, exotic plants growing in a warm room, with the sounds of the waterfall. My kids love the seek and find scavenger hunt that has them staring at the Christmas village and train layout for a very long time.
Conservatory Crossing Events and Programs
Holiday Family Storytime on Friday, December 20th is tops on our list! Tickets are $15 per family or $7 per person and include a reading of The Polar Express, hot chocolate, a craft and admission to Conservatory Crossing. Pre-registraion is required.
Train Tales is a fun preschooler program that has a focus on the natural world. Children ages 2-5 years old will hear a nature related story and participate in a craft and activity. There is a session at 10 am on Tuesday, December 10th and Wednesday, December 11th. Pre-registration required.
The biggest and most popular event is Christmas at Garfield on Saturday, December 14th, 10 am – 1pm. This free holiday themed event includes visits with Santa, crafts, snacks and admission to Conservatory Crossing.
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Admission to Conservatory Crossing, the holiday display at Garfield Park is $4 per person or $10 max per family. Children 2 years old and under are free. (See below on how to attend for free!) Conservatory hours are: Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 – 5 p.m.
I have two little secrets for you about the Conservatory Crossing Train and Poinsettia display:
- .You can attend for free if you visit during Christmas at Garfield. This celebration is the perfect holiday event for the whole family to attend. And it’s free! Mrs. Claus helps over at the Burrello Family Center with cookies and crafts, Santa is at Conservatory Crossing, the holiday train and poinsettia show. Kids can create holiday-themed crafts & enjoy performances at the Arts Center. During 2019, this event falls on December 14th. Be sure to watch for the same event every year!
- There are nighttime hours that you can visit but they only take place on two weekends of December. This display all lit up surrounded by the darkness of the outdoors just beyond the Conservatory windows is just incredible! My favorite visit was the year it snowed at night and the glowing lights just made the snow falling outside look like glitter! For 2019, the extended hours are December 20, 21, 22, 27 & 28, 10 am- 8 pm.