Phipps Conservatory’s Winter Flower Show – Holiday Magic

Last Updated on December 16, 2021 by Jeremy

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When it comes to holiday festivities, one of the best places in Pittsburgh to visit is Phipps Conservatory. Their winter flower show, which begins the Friday after Thanksgiving and runs until early January, is a celebration of the holiday season with festive art pieces, an array of gorgeous winter flowers, and some of the most beautifully decorated Christmas trees in Pittsburgh.

The 2021-2022 flower show is themed Holiday Magic and features numerous decorated trees as well as all of the gorgeous flowers we've come to love from the conservatory.

As members of the conservatory, we got the chance to visit this one in the 2021-2022 season and wanted to share a few of our favorite rooms here!

The Broderie Room

Broderie Room at Phipps Conservatory Winter Flower Show

No matter what flower show is going on, you can always expect the Broderie Room to be stunning. This room mimics a French chateaux garden with swooping walkways, central planters, and statues adorning the walls. During the winter flower show, the gardens feature bright red poinsettias with other beautiful flowers adding a gorgeous contrast that works wonderfully with the statues.

We may not be in Europe, but spending a few moments in this room will certainly make you feel like you are there this Christmas season.

The East Room

Phipps East Room at Christmas

The East Room is similar to the Broderie Room in that most of the display is blocked off from public access, such that you can appreciate the beauty of the room from a distance.

Rather than using the design of the room as a focal point, The East Room offers only subtle compliments to the winter flowers with a central stream, elegantly lighted Christmas trees in the background. For the 2021-2022 season, the conservatory has opted to not have any creatures or scenes playing out in this room (as is common in the past), and instead played with color gradients in this one. 

First, you'll notice the changing colors of the bulbs on the trees, and then as you explore the room realize the flowers are making similar changes as well!

The Sunken Garden

Phipps at Christmas - Sunken Garden

The Sunken Garden really is a showstopper every year, and this year the trees are truly captivating thanks to their usage of bright, white lights. Simple, sleek, and highly effective at lifting the spirits.

The Outdoor Light Garden

Phipps Conservatory Christmas Show

One of my favorite spots at Phipps during the winter flower show is, in fact, not even inside the conservatory at all! 

The outdoor Light Garden is found in the sprawling outdoor wing of the conservatory, where every tree is adorned with lights, even more ornate Christmas trees and all-light trees can be found, and other specialty made lights are visible with either the conservatory or Pitt's Cathedral of Learning as a stunning backdrop.

Phipps Conservatory Christmas Show

You may not be out in the Light Garden to appreciate the flowers that call the conservatory home, but we're more than okay with the alternative as the lights are simply spectacular.

Overall, there are many other features of the winter flower show that we could feature in this article, but as is the case in most of our museum visits, we do not want to give it all away. To see the rest, you'll just have to go visit!

The Winter Flower Show at Phipps Conservatory is best viewed at night to experience the outdoor Light Garden which typically opens at 5 pm; however, the conservatory is beautiful at any time of day. Timed entry tickets are required for the 2021-2022 show. We suggest arriving at Phipps at around 4:30 pm if you can to enjoy the indoor gardens as the sun is setting and the Light Garden once the sun goes down (and then return inside to see it when it is completely dark outside)!

After visiting Phipps Conservatory, head over to the Cathedral of Learning to check out their Christmas decorations (note: not on display in 2021)! Or if you're looking for more activities during winter in Pittsburgh, click the previous link!

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