Fun at the Arb

Wouldn’t it be fun to look at giant trees that are wonderfully decorated? How about eating s’mores over a roaring bonfire? Can you imagine yourself sipping hot cocoa or tea as you stroll through holiday lights? These are just a few of the things to do this December to bring light into the dark days of winter, and they are all available at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in December.

If you have not been and are wondering what it is, some describe the Arb (What locals call it) as a beautiful in-town getaway, an escape to reflect, re-energize or plan for the future. You will find more  than 1,200 acres of gardens, tree collections, prairie and woods and miles of trails at the Arb, making it one of the premier horticultural field laboratories and public display areas in the country – and it’s right in our backyard! Thousands of plant labels offer valuable insights to inspire you to build your own personal oasis. 

No matter what you are looking for, the Arb offers a connection with the wonders of nature. There’s a robust holiday schedule at the Arb so go online to learn more: http://arbwinter.umn.edu/

Winter Lights at the Arb

Stroll through the gardens to find magical winter light displays. Buy a s’mores kit to use over a roaring bonfire, warm up with cocoa in the Oswald Visitor’s Center and admire the Arboretum’s 25-foot poinsettia trees, as well as thematically decorated evergreen trees. 

Friday: 5 pm – 9 pm
Saturday: 5 pm. – 9 pm
Sunday: 5 pm – 9 pm

Additional Dates
December 23rd, 26th & 30th
January 1st & 2nd

New Year’s Eve Winter Lights Party

Enjoy a family-friendly New Year’s party. Stroll through the magical winter lights display, listen to live music, play games and revel in count-down celebrations on the hour! A photo booth, crafts, and a Wishing Tree are provided. A sparkling Apply Juice Toast will happen at 10 pm!

December 31, 5 – 10 pm  Tickets are $15 for adult Arboretum members, $30 for adult non-members and $5 for all kids. Get Tickets Online