Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens is an annual celebration for all ages and one of the best times of year to visit the National Historic Landmark, located just outside the Central Florida city of Lake Wales. Events and festivities take place daily November 25 through January 8.
Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens is an annual celebration for all ages and one of the best times of year to visit. Events and festivities take place daily November 24 through January 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The ever-popular Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate is the highlight of Bok Tower Gardens’ season of holiday-themed events, and the Christmas fun doesn’t stop there.
Visitors will enjoy poinsettia, bromeliad and amaryllis displays, live music on the 205-foot Singing Tower carillon, Sunset & Symphony Holiday Concert with the full Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra (Dec. 2), winter walking tours, and a variety of educational programs.
Admission for the Gardens and Pinewood Estate Holiday Home Tour (Combo Admission) is $24 adults and $12 child (5-12). Kids under 5 are free.
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Home for the Holidays
Touring the 20-room, 1932 Mediterranean-style Pinewood Estate is like taking a step back in time for a glimpse of how families might have celebrated the holidays during a bygone era. The estate’s decorations change each Christmas, and no two years are ever the same. For the 2017-18 edition, the Holiday Home Tour takes a musical turn celebrating Charles Austin Buck’s passion for music and the legendary American music of the 1930’s.
The year is 1936 and Mr. Buck is bringing his children and grandchildren to Pinewood Estate for the holidays. The family is caught up in the fever of the Jazz Age and is excited to share their fully decorated home for the season. Experience the sounds of Louie Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and more as Pinewood Estate is “Merry & Bright” for the holidays!
Adding Sparkle to a National Historic Landmark
Inspired by the history and beauty of Pinewood Estate, members of The Amaryllis Club are decorating the entire estate and the entry gates. A volunteer patron group, their mission is to promote and preserve the heritage and vintage style of this historic home, and to take on other special projects on behalf of the Gardens.
A Holiday Hunt for the Whole Family
Children are encouraged to tour the historic estate and participate in a fun hunt for a family of Pinewood Christmas Squirrels who are hiding throughout the Estate. Before or after the tour, families can also enjoy the all-new Hammock Hollow Children’s Garden with nearly three acres of nature inspired play areas and gardens.
For convenient snacks and drinks, visitors can enjoy Pinewood Place located adjacent to the Estate and open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily through January 7, 2018. Following the Christmas season, Pinewood Estate will reopen to daily tours later in January.
LEGOLAND Florida Resort ticket holders will receive free admission for children under 12.
Ring in the Holidays with Sunset & Symphony
In addition to the Holiday Home Tour, Bok Tower Gardens also presents its annual Sunset & Symphony Holiday Concert with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra (OPO) Saturday, December 2 at 6:00 p.m. The OPO and Singing Tower carillon perform holiday classics while visitors enjoy picnicking and festival-style seating on the Gardens’ Great Lawn.
Advance tickets are $25/adult and $10/child ages 5-12. Day of tickets are $30/adult and $10/child ages 5-12. Under 5 are free. Admission to the Gardens after 3:00 pm on December 2 will include a concert ticket.
Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate
- November 24 - January 7
The 23rd Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate, “Merry & Bright” is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Admission is $24/adults; $12/children ages 5-12. Members: $9/adults; $7/children ages 5-12. All prices include general Gardens admission. Children under 5 free.
Christmas Carillon Concerts LIVE!
- November 24 - January 7
Geert D’hollander performs Christmas music from around the world at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday on the 60-bell Singing Tower carillon.
All Christmas Carillon Concerts LIVE! are 30-minute carillon concerts and are included with Gardens admission.
Winter Walking Tours
- November 24 - January 7
Gardens’ volunteers lead an hour-long Winter Walking Tour, sharing information about the flora and fauna and guiding visitors through the Gardens from the Visitor Center to the Singing Tower. Tours are Mondays through Saturdays at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.; Sundays at 2:00 p.m. only.
Included with Gardens admission.
Gingerbread Houses with Mrs. Claus
- November 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- November 26 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- December 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- December 10 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Join us for fun for the whole family and decorate your own gingerbread house and take a tour of the Holiday Home Tour. Each participant will receive their own gingerbread house to decorate and storybook to take home, which will be read by visiting Mrs. Claus.
$45 per child, includes admission to Holiday Home Tour, gingerbread house and storybook (price includes admission for one chaperone). Regular admission applies to additional chaperones and guests.
Sunset & Symphony Holiday Concert with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
- December 2 at 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy the sounds of the season as the full Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and Singing Tower carillon perform in one of Central Florida’s favorite holiday concerts, Sunset & Symphony Holiday Concert. Visitors are encouraged to prepare themed picnics and arrive early to participate in the instrument petting zoo beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Advance tickets are $25/adults; $10/children ages 5-12. Children under 5 free.
Holiday Home Workshop “Living Succulent Wreath”
- December 2 from 9:00 am. to 12:00 p.m.
- December 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Spend the morning with Project Blooming founder, Linda Worle creating a beautiful succulent wreath during The Gardens' Holiday Home Workshop. It's easy to mix succulents in an array of types and colors that will last year-round. Workshop includes instruction, basic framework materials, and plants.
Separate fee applies.
Lunch & Learn: Holiday Home Décor with Plants
- December 13 at 12:00 p.m.
Horticulture experts will teach you how to incorporate your plants into your holiday décor as well as what plants will add a festive flair to your yard during the holiday season.
Lunch & Learn is included with Gardens admission.
Three Authors and A Fishmonger
- December 17 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Florida authors Heather McPherson, Pam Brandon and Katie Farmand, will cook, entertain with stories, and serve small bites from recipes selected from their fresh-from-Florida seafood cookbook “Good Catch” during Three Authors and A Fishmonger. Each guest will receive a signed copy of the book ($29.95 value), and the authors will be on hand to personalize copies – with additional copies for sale at a discount for holiday gifts. Separate fee applies.
Carillon & Chorale Concert plus Holiday Home Tour Open Late
- December 17 at 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy an hour-long carillon concert with a live choir.
Concert is included in general admission.
Christmas Day at Bok Tower Gardens
- December 25
Celebrate Christmas Day and enjoy the sounds of the season with live carillon concerts at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Holiday Home Tour open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Café and gift shop open 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE: Regular Gardens admission and Holiday Home Tour rates apply to Christmas Day.
Voted Florida’s best garden, Bok Tower Gardens is a National Historic Landmark located 10 miles from LEGOLAND Florida Resort, 55 miles southwest of Orlando and 60 miles east of Tampa near Lake Wales in Central Florida’s rolling hills of citrus. LEGOLAND ticket holders will receive free admission for children under 12.