Deck the Gardens with boughs of holly, as well as a holiday quilts-and-barns display, a North Pole breakfast with a caroling twist, a juniper-inspired beverage and a wonderful garden-themed holiday sale!

Grab a friend or your family — or simply indulge in a private break all by yourself — and relax and enjoy the season. Visit for a full listing of holiday events, educational programs and special shopping. You won’t want to miss a thing!

We have so much going on we’re expanding our hours during the holidays, including staying open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays, from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Guests can visit the gift shop and see the holiday display illuminated against the night sky.

Barns and Quilts with a Holiday Twist

Come see Reiman Gardens’ beautiful Conservatory decorated for the holidays! The show is titled "Our Holiday Heritage," and is the last display of the 2013 theme, "More than Meets the Iowa." Enjoy holiday plantings in Iowa-themed quilt blocks, a barn structure decked out with a barn quilt and display quilts featuring an Iowa quilt block, "Iowa Hawkeye Star."

This special show opens Friday, Nov. 22 and runs through Friday, Jan. 10. If you have out-of-town visitors or just need a quiet spot to enjoy holiday cheer, this is the place!

Wreath-Making Workshop

On Thursday, Dec. 5 or Saturday, Dec. 7, learn how to assemble a holiday wreath at this workshop. Beautiful fresh, natural materials are provided. Reiman Gardens’ staff will guide you through the steps to create your own seasonal decoration to take home—all for the price buying one in the store!

Reiman Gardens After Hours

Kick back and relax at Reiman Gardens’ After Hours on Friday, Dec. 6, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. This month we showcase juniper, whose berries give gin its distinctive flavor, by offering gin and tonics as our signature drink. We’re also pleased to feature live music from vocalist, Bonne Finken, in our beautiful garden setting.

Butterfly Blizzard

Come in from the cold to experience a different kind of blizzard – a butterfly blizzard in Reiman Gardens’ Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing! You won’t want to miss this opportunity to release your very own butterfly in this tropical, indoor garden. The dates are Saturday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 21, from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

Holiday Shopping in the Gift Shop

On Thursday, Dec. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m., visit the gift shop to finish your holiday shopping. Shop for unique items for gifts and stocking stuffers. Everyone who attends will receive a discount and get plenty of help from our inspired gift shop staff. Refreshments will be served. It is always free to visit the gift shop.

Reiman Gardens’ Breakfast at the North Pole

Bring your family on Saturday, Dec. 14, for a hearty breakfast in an indoor winter wonderland. The morning will include activity stations to get you in the holiday spirit, storytelling and music by the Ames Children’s Choirs. There are two seatings, at 9 and 11 a.m., for your convenience.