Lincoln Park Conservatory Holiday Flower Show: Small but colorful

A Christmas tree surrounded by flowers and other plants at Lincoln Park's Holiday Flower Show Photo Credit: Bianca Feliciano

By Bianca Feliciano ’20

The Lincoln Park Conservatory is holding a Christmas flower exhibit until Jan. 6. The conservatory is running its normal hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit is full of beautiful flowers and Christmas decorations. However, as I experienced on Saturday, it is not as exciting as it seems.

The Lincoln Park Conservatory is a beautiful greenhouse that is full of plants and trees from all over the world. I asked one of the volunteers about a coconut tree and he said the tree came all the way from Madagascar. Most of the plants are from foreign areas and cannot be grown in the United States. As I got inside of the conservatory, there were not as many people as I expected.

I kept walking around the conservatory admiring the amazing scenery, in search for any holiday decorations. There were no signs or indications of this so-called “Holiday Flower Show.” Finally, I saw a room with Christmas lights and a tree. The room was full of colorful ornaments, flowers, the same kind of plant, and different sized trees. There was a koi pond with a Polar Express train circling around it; however, there were no actual koi fish in the pond which was kind of odd.

The room itself was pretty small. It had a brick walkway which took up most of the space. The walls had lights and festive things on them. There were also pictures hung up of people who had some sort of connection to the conservatory. I saw about three or four different sized Christmas trees within the room. They took up most of the space and were probably the highlights of the whole exhibit.

Overall, the event was not as interesting as I thought it would be. Personally, I enjoy the holiday themed occasions, but this is not something I would recommend. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is not a big place, so the fact that it was hosted in one small room is not surprising but definitely not what I was expecting.

  • Nov. 23 to Jan. 6, 2019
  • 9 am-5pm
  • Free Event