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The Cleveland Botanical Garden celebrates the festive winter season with "A Garden Holiday"

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. A Garden Holiday will delight the senses and transport visitors into a holiday wonderland filled with the colorful plants and towering trees that bring the most festive time of year to life beginning on Saturday, November 20 through Sunday, January 2, 2022.

Tickets are on sale now. It is recommend to reserve your tickets in advance at Walk-up tickets will be available.

Visitors will be surrounded by beautiful holiday plants and trees from evergreen conifers to poinsettias in shades of white, pink, and red. Popular traditions return including dozens of trees decorated by more than 30 affiliate garden clubs from northeast Ohio and candy-coated gingerbread houses assembled by bakers from across the community.  In the Ellipse, visitors will be greeted with a stunning 16-foot-tall holiday tree with handcrafted decorations by a local artisan –– a delightful background for holiday photos. 

A Garden Holiday will feature plants that are used to celebrate the holiday season – and they will take center stage throughout the botanical garden’s festive displays.  Holiday traditions are filled with plants and treeswhether conifer trees, poinsettias, and other plants that adorn our homes, the herbs, and spices that fill our kitchens with warming aromas, or the fruits and vegetables that we feast on.  Speaking of feasts, garden-loving visitors will get the chance to feast their eyes on some of the most interesting evergreen trees around and discover what makes them so special. 

Children (and the young at heart) will enjoy special play areas both indoors and out, complete with a slide, imaginative play, seasonal crafts, games, indoor curling, and more!

Be sure to get outside this year to experience a festive display on the terrace complete with various activities for the whole family. On weekends during the show and every day December 20 – 31, outdoor activities will include hot cocoa story time, marshmallow roasting, community crafts, and more!

Additional Garden Holiday events include: 

  • Kids Dance Party with Num Num World Music and DJ Kris Koch on Friday, November 26, noon–3 p.m., Saturday, December 18, noon–3 p.m., and Friday, December 31, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.  Bundle up and dance the holiday calories away outdoors on the Terrace, weather permitting.  Included with admission.
  • Krampusnacht with special guests, the Ohio Krampus Society, on Saturday, December 4, 6 p.m.– 9 p.m. Music, drinks, and a special Krampus-inspired craft help celebrate this unique holiday tradition. The cost of the event is $5 in addition to admission. Advance ticket purchase is recommended.

  • Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 12, and Sunday, December 19 from 10 a.m.–noon. The cost for members is $28 for adults, $22.50 for children three and up, and for nonmembers: $40 for adults, $25 for children three and up.  Advance ticket purchase is required.

A Garden Holiday hours are Tuesdays-Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 12 noon to 5 p.m. The Botanical Garden will be closed on Mondays except for Dec. 20 and 27 when A Garden Holiday will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Special evening hours at the Botanical Garden will occur on select Saturdays – November 20, 27, and December 11 – when they will be open until 9 p.m. The Botanical Garden is closed on November 25 (Thanksgiving), December 25 (Christmas Day), January 1 (New Year's Day).  Additionally, the Botanical Garden will close at 3 p.m. on December 24 and December 31.  Please check for updated information. 

A Garden Holiday admission is $16 per adult, $12 per child ages three to 12 (free for children 2 and under). Admission is free for Holden Forests & Gardens members. A Garden Holiday tickets are available for purchase on site at the visitor’s welcome desk, or online, at The Botanical Garden is located at 11030 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio.  Indoor parking is available for a fee based on availability. For complete details about A Garden Holiday, visit