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Winter Carnival Orchid Show

January 27 @ 10:00 am - January 28 @ 4:00 pm

Winter Carnival Orchid Show* – January 27-28 – Advanced Admission Fee Required

***PRE-PAID ADMISSION TO THE WINTER CARNIVAL ORCHID SHOW IS REQUIRED TO ENTER THE CONSERVATORY ON JANUARY 27 AND 28.*** Those attending the Orchid Show may visit the zoo after. Those coming just to visit the Conservatory’s gardens will still need to purchase a ticket for this weekend.

Admission into the Conservatory for Winter Carnival Orchid Show weekend (regardless if you are coming for the Orchid Show or not) will be $5 for adults, and $4 for Como Friends Member, seniors 55+, and children under 12. Entrance to the Conservatory will be through the Japanese Garden Gates. Guests will exit at the main Visitor Center door. Those attending the Orchid Show may visit the zoo after. Those here to visit the zoo may not attend the Conservatory without a pre-paid ticket. Prepayment by credit card and advanced reservations will be required.

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The time on your ticket is the time you will enter the show. Please do not arrive any earlier than your designated time. For example, 11:00AM ticket holders will be granted admission between 11:00AM-11:15AM at the Japanese Garden gate.

Immerse yourself in the magic of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival as it pays homage to all things cold. Amidst the frosty festivities, there’s a standout event that offers a tempting escape to the tropics without the need for a plane ticket—the Winter Carnival Orchid Show at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory on January 27 and 28, 2024, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Now in its 49th year, the Winter Carnival Orchid Show has solidified its reputation as the ultimate winter destination for orchid enthusiasts across the Midwest. Picture this: the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, adorned with hundreds of orchid plants from the Conservatory itself, the Orchid Society of Minnesota members, and various individual and commercial orchid growers. Together, they transform the Conservatory into a tropical haven where orchids reign supreme, replacing the chill of winter with the vibrant colors of these exquisite blooms. Beyond the sheer beauty of the orchids and captivating displays, vendors will be on hand, offering a delightful array of plants and other orchid-related treasures.

Join us for a journey into a tropical oasis, where orchids take center stage and the atmosphere is infused with the warmth of these stunning flowers. Immerse yourself in the world of orchid culture with insights from our exceptional members and vendors. And, of course, don’t miss the chance to acquire high-quality orchids from our outstanding vendors. Among them are esteemed names such as Arnold J. Klehm Growers Inc., Deerwood Orchids, New World Orchids, and Orchids Limited, each offering a selection of exquisite orchid plants and related items for you to take home. Don’t just witness the Winter Carnival Orchid Show—experience the allure of orchids in a tropical setting, where the magic of these enchanting blooms awaits you.

The Winter Carnival Orchid Show will be held on January 27th and 28th at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in Saint Paul from 10am to 4pm.

Tickets are valid for one-time admission for the date and time purchased. There is no re-entry into the show. Ticket holders may visit the zoo after attending the show. Both the Zoo & Conservatory will close at 4:00PM

We look forward to seeing you at the show.


January 27 @ 10:00 am
January 28 @ 4:00 pm


Orchid Society of Minnesota
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Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Dr
St. Paul, MN 55103 United States
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