Experience Glow at the Cleveland Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden is closed Monday, January 4th through Friday, January 8th to de-install Glow. Thank you to all who visited our holiday show!

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“This year, the botanical garden is embracing the outdoor beauty of the winter holidays…twinkle lights in snow-covered trees and other outdoor elements expanding on traditional favorites of Glow,said Jill Koski, president and CEO. "We are delighted to provide a celebration that will capture the benefits of getting outside in a safe, yet magical way.”

Glow will feature plants that we use to celebrate the holiday season – whether conifer treespoinsettias 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 can be reserved beginning this Saturday, November 7th. 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. 

Child looking at green light displays and holiday trees at Glow

New this year are Glow Nights with special evening hours and unique experiences for the whole family or a fun date nightGlow 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)
    • Dave Day Duo on the Geis Terrace – Saturday, January 2 (5:30 – 8:15pm)
    • DJ Kris Koch New Year’s  outdoor dance party for kids on the Geis Terrace – Saturday, January 2 (1 – 3pm)

And don’t forget the nature lovers on your holiday gift list! Avoid the lines and find hundreds of one-of-a-kind gifts in the Garden Store. 

Glow Hours


10 a.m - 6 p.m

Thursday - Saturday

12 p.m - 8:30 p.m


 12 p.m - 6 p.m

The Botanical Garden is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

The Botanical Garden will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays except for Dec. 21st, 22nd , 28th and 29th when Glow will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please note that these hours are subject to change. Please check for updated information.

The Botanical Garden is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Glow admission is $15 per adult, $10 per child age 3 to 12 (free for children 2 and under). Admission is free for Holden Forests & Gardens members. Glow tickets are available online, at or by calling 216-721-1600, ext. 110. Advance reservations are required to control capacity for the safety of our members and guests The Botanical Garden is located at 11030 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio.  Indoor parking is available for a fee based on availability.