The holidays are here and it’s always fun to get out and about and attend festive events and attractions.
One of our favorite places to visit in Northeast Ohio is the Cleveland Botanical Garden. A few years ago we were there during the holidays and enjoyed the festive decorations and gingerbread house display. That’s why we were excited about their new holiday event Glow Wintershow 2012. With the holiday season here we couldn’t wait to attend!
Glow has even brighter and more magical additions to the garden’s traditional Wintershow. Along with the beautiful trees, holiday flowers, and gingerbread houses there is now The Garden Express Train Ride, a 25-foot evergreen decorated with live pointsettias, a chance to make your own gingerbread house, live holiday music and carolers, unique treats, even more festive plants.
We were pleased to see the lobby and entrance decorated beautifully when we walked in.
One of our favorite parts of the Cleveland Botanical Garden is the Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse. We all find it fun walking through the Spiny Desert of Madagascar, seeing the turtles, and trying to find the chameleon.
We also adore the Rainforest of Costa Rica which is filled with butterflies and birds. You know it’s a really lucky day when a butterfly decides to land on you. We always go in hoping and sometimes it happpens. This visit it didn’t, but we still had a wonderful time and loved the addition of the holiday flowers throughout the glass house. The butterflies did too!
When we were there a trio was playing lovely holiday music against a beautiful twinkling backdrop. It was even “snowing” a bit in the room which the kids thought were fun & made for some great Christmas photos.
At the end of our visit we had all worked up an appetite and were thrilled to see the selection of holiday goodies for sale. We bought Kora & Logan gingerbread men and their smiles were as big as the ones on their cookies.
We had a wonderful time at the Cleveland Botanical Garden Glow Wintershow and would recommend it to anyone in the area or from out of town. It’s a beautiful, fun-filled, and festive holiday event that is picturesque and a perfect way to slow down and spend some good old-fashioned family time together during this busy time of year.