It’s the holiday season and I love doing things around town that put our family in the festive spirit.
One of our favorite places to visit in the Cleveland area is the Cleveland Botanical Garden. That’s why I was excited about Glow, their annual event that turns the garden into a winter wonderland.Walking into the lobby we were greeted by a gorgeous 24-foot fir tree decorated by floral designer Don Vanderbrook. It is beautiful and the perfect spot to snap a family photo or two.
In the lobby we were amazed at the three winning gingerbread houses also on display in the lobby. I can’t even imagine the amount of work that went into them.
More than 150 gingerbread houses are on display and we found them all so creative and imaginative. We enjoyed strolling through the building and looking them all over as well as the forty evergreens decorated by local garden clubs.
We were excited to wander through the Glasshouse as well to see the lizards and turtles of the dessert as well as the gorgeous butterflies in the rainforest.
I loved all of the festive signs throughout the Glasshouse that shared info about how the holidays are celebrated around the world. It was insightful and a wonderful touch that we all enjoyed.
There are also a number of other fun features of Glow including:
- 3000+ holiday plantings from poinsettias to winterberry
- Mrs. Claus’s Sweet Shop
- Live holiday music
- Garden Express magical train ride
- Gingerbread house decorating
- Wishing Tree
We had a wonderful time at Glow at the Cleveland Botanical Garden again this year and recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, festive event in the Cleveland area. Tickets are $12 for non-member adults and $8 for non-member children and is free for Garden members. It only runs until January 5th, 2014 and we had such a wonderful time that we are already looking forward to attending again next year.