December in the Gardens

December in the Gardens


December is a great time for the Gardens. We offer the Devon Ice Rink, great winter classes, events such as Merry & Bright and Saturdays with Santa in a bustling downtown holiday setting. We’ll also offer classes for how to prep your garden for the cold months. 

Devon Ice Rink

  • Seasonal Plaza
  • Members $7 per person, includes skate rental
  • Nonmembers $13 per person, includes skate rental
  • Nonmembers $8 per person if you bring your own skates
  • Groups 10+ $9 per person, advanced registration required
  • Operating Hours: Monday–Thursday, 3–9pm; Friday, 3–11pm; Saturday, 11am–11pm; Sunday, 11am–7pm
  • Extended school holiday hours December 14-January 3: Monday-Saturday, 11am–11pm; Sunday, 11am–7pm; Last day: Wednesday, January 3, 11am–9pm
  • Holiday hours: Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24, 11am–6pm; Christmas Day, Monday, December 25, 12–7pm; New Year’s Eve, Sunday, December 31, 11am–11pm; New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, 11am–11pm

Each holiday season, the Gardens transforms its seasonal plaza into the Devon Ice Rink, making for a winter wonderland set in a bustling downtown setting. At Devon Ice Rink, you can skate across 5,500 square feet of real ice, and indulge in seasonal food and beverage offerings.

FINAL OG&E Merry & Bright Free

  • Sunday, December 17, 6-9pm
  • Admission Sundays
  • Crystal Bridge
  • FREE

The beauty of the Crystal Bridge takes on a whole new glow at night. Thanks to our friends at OGE Energy Corp., we are pleased to offer FREE admission on Sunday evenings in December to the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. Come enjoy charming holiday light displays and beautiful plant exhibits designed especially for the holiday season. It will be cold outside, but you will think it’s Christmas in July in the balmy warmth of the tropics.

FINAL Saturdays with Santa

  • Saturday, December 16
  • Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory
  • 9am-5pm Crystal Bridge Hours-FREE
  • 10am-4pm Devon’s Saturday’s with Santa Activities
    FREE, all ages welcome

Devon’s Saturday’s with Santa will expand into the Gardens again this year; families can enjoy food trucks, FREE admission to the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory and entertainment inside the Crystal Bridge. Our herbal Christmas display with floral arrangements and festive displays will adorn the Bridge, while the outdoor grounds will be decked with boughs of holly and greenery, making a beautiful winter backdrop for your family photos. While you’re here, be sure to visit the Devon Ice Rink and our other holiday attractions.

Festive Fridays: Sensory Santa Evening

  • Friday, December 15, 6-8pm
  • Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory
  • Member: $8 per participant, adults FREE
  • Nonmember: $12 per participant, adults FREE

An event for families with children with special needs, join us inside the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory for an evening with Santa. This event provides a more controlled and welcoming environment for a Santa Photo Experience. We will have festive booths with activities for the children. Santa will be in a designated spot for photos throughout the evening. No loud music. A light snack will be provided for registered participants. Registered guests that need handicap accessible parking should contact Nicole Kusnierz for details at

Pruning Shrubs and Vines

  • Friday, December 15, Noon-1pm
  • Terrace Room and Garden Grounds
  • Member $4; Nonmember $7
  • Register by Monday, December 11

Have an overgrown hedge row or climbing vine? Looking to clean up your garden a bit? Then join our Gardens and Grounds Manager, Matthew Janda, for hands on instruction on how to properly maintain your shrubs and vines. Matthew will discuss the best time for pruning various shrub and vine types and will demonstrate proper pruning techniques as well as tool maintenance. Each participant will have a chance to practice their newly learned skills in the Garden. 

Winter Wildlife

  • Saturday, December 16, 10-11:30am
  • Terrace Room and Garden Grounds, Weather Permitting
  • Member $6; Nonmember $8
  • Best for ages 5-10
  • Register by Tuesday, December 12

Where do all of our wildlife friends go in the chilly winter months? Learn all about their cozy hiding spots and tricks in this interactive children’s class. We’ll talk about how various animals survive in the winter and then learn how we can help them out in our backyards or neighborhoods. We’ll read a book, play a game and finish with a DIY bird feeder made out of unique recycled home goods.

Painting in the Gardens with Wine and Palette “DIY Pet Portraits”

We want your pet photos! Join Wine and Palette for Painting in the Gardens “DIY Pet Portraits” send in a photo from our Santa Paws event or just a fun loving photo of your pet and recreate the photo on a 16×20 canvas. Participants will need to email their photo into Wine and Palette a week before the event for the artists to properly prepare for the course.

Winter Break Drop-ins

  • Monday–Friday, December 18-22, 10am-2pm
  • South Lobby
  • Member $4; Nonmember $5
  • Best for ages 6-10
  • Walkups welcome
  • Children must be accompanied

Kids will discover the beauty and fun nature has to offer even during the winter. Join us each day with story time every 30 minutes, holiday ornament or gift making and interactive education. Every day has a different theme:

  • Monday- Plant Hibernation
  • Tuesday- Animal Hibernation
  • Wednesday- All About Ice
  • Thursday- Winter Solstice Day
  • Friday- Homemade Holiday Decorations