Christmas at Garfield - Candlelight Crossing

Candlelight Crossing

Garfield Park Conservatory

Every year, Garfield Park's Conservatory puts on its annual winter wonderland!  See the Conservatory decked out in its holiday best with a brilliant display of poinsettias and other beautiful tropical plants, small grotto-like waterfalls, enjoy running model trains, a train village and thousands of twinkling lights.

This is especially nice for those who would like to see the twinkling lights and train display after dark. sure to see the newly renovated water fountains in the sunken garden while there.  Hopefully, they'll impress you with their color display!

The only restriction is that tripods will not be allowed; but monopods (handheld extensions) are ok.

A few years ago, after our visit, some of us went to a local eatery on Madison Avenue for a late night dinner!  Lots of fun!!!  Let me know if you'd like for us to do a repeat!

Christmas Poinsettias: This plant is known as the “Flower of the Holy Night" and "Flame Leaf".  Christmas poinsettia has wonderful red star-shaped flowers. The popularity of this legendary flower dates back to 16th century, which is believed to have occurred in Mexico, where a little girl and her brother Pablo were fond of Christmas.

So, the story goes...they were impoverished to buy Christmas gifts. One day they picked a few grasses and leaves from the roadside and decided to give it as a gift to the Baby Jesus, and turned deaf ears on the taunting made by their peers. Miraculously their gift turned into bright red petals, which we adore as a holy flower today and use on occasions like Christmas to make it more colorful. The flower has a variety of colors, which includes yellow, pink and marbled, however its presence is very well marked with vibrant red color.

Admission Fee: $3/person.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I forgot about this gig! But I've already taken photos there.

    December 30, 2013

  • Carol T

    I may be a little late as I'm driving out to pick June up after work. BUT, we'll be there. This is always a very nice show!!!

    December 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am looking forward to this night as a new member to the club. I have taken photos at the conservatory before by myself but it will be a lot more fun with others.

    1 · December 23, 2013

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