Warning: Smiling is Contagious at the Bloedel Conservatory!

7  Great Reasons to Visit the Jewel Box of Lights!

Welcome to the Jewel Box! Photo copyright Silvester Law

1. It’s like a mini vacation without the airfare!

Walk in and be instantly swept away by the warmth of the tropics! The soothing sound of water and the melodic songs of the free flying birds will instantly calm your frazzled holiday nerves. Find a bench, take a deep breath and relax! Soak up the ambiance of this magical place and feel your tense muscles unwind.

2. The Garden is Masterfully Dressed for the Holidays!

Bloedel’s gardeners have once again pulled out all the stops! Twinkling lights, magical lasers and thousands of artfully planted festive poinsettas set the stage for the season. And just like a real rainforest, be sure to look high into the trees to see the papaya, bananas, India figs and more. Open late through the holidays, you have time to wander through at a leisurely pace. See if you can find the rhinestones on the tips of the poinsettias! The lights are in full brilliance after 4:00pm.

The Jewel Box of Lights show is on until January 2, 2012
Closed Christmas Day)
Sunday to Thursday, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Friday and Saturday, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

3. You Can Stop and Smell the Flowers

The hibiscus, orchids, golden chalace flowers, amazon lilies and of course the gorgeous poinsettias are all in full bloom right now. Plus, the beautiful Christmas cacti will all blossom right in time for the Holiday weekend.

4. The Wishing Tree

Make a wish and help Santa fill the stockings of all the parrots and birds under the Dome! Volunteers will be selling ornaments by donation to be hung on the Wishing tree. The best part? You get to take an ornament home to hang on your own tree to remember the birds at Bloedel! All money raised goes directly for toys and treats for the birds and helps cover their emergency health care costs. Helping the birds will make you feel good all over! Volunteers will be on hand to sell ornaments from:

Tuesday morning (December 13): 10 am – 12 am

Wednesday evening (December 14): 5 pm – 7 pm

Friday morning (December 16): 10 am – 12 am

Saturday afternoon (December 17): 12 am – 3:30 pm

5. Speaking of birds …

Chatty parrots and macaws are sure to make you smile! Say ‘hello’ to Art and watch him dance! Carmen and Maria, the Green Winged Macaws might give you a “High 5”, while Casey the Amazon parrot is sure to entertain and ask “What ‘cha doin’?” Nelson loves to play a “peek a boo” and be sure to give Rosie a whistle, she’s the master of all types of odd and amusing sounds. Even the wee small birds will make you giggle with their antics. Stop by the Feeding Station and watch them take a bath or share the holiday fruit.

6. Stress-free parking is available

Park in the Upper Parking Lot and see the festive fountains on the Plaza! All lit up for the very first time! Parking is also available along the hill up to the Conservatory (pay parking in effect). Alternatively, park for free along the lower ring road.

7. It’s the Best deal in Town!

Admission prices are:

Adults: $5.00; Seniors & Youth $3.48; Kids 6-12  $2.50; Preschoolers – Free.

“Bloedel is a Jewel Box as are the stars, and at Queen Elizabeth Park, you can almost touch the heavens on a clear night” ~ T. Clark

See you there!

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