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Holidays at Bok Tower Gardens

By: Jessica Roberts

Holidays at Bok Tower Gardens is an annual celebration and features over a month of special activities and events for all ages. In 2020, these special events will take place between November 27 – January 3.  Bok Tower Gardens is open on Thanksgiving Day as well as Christmas Day.

Due to COVID-19, Pinewood Estate will not host Holiday Home Tours in 2020. All Holidays at Bok Tower Gardens activities require advance registration at boktowergardens.org. Physical distancing will be required and participants are required to wear a mask at all educational programs.

Bromeliad Christmas tree created for Holidays at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales

Holidays at Bok Tower Gardens

This year’s theme is Peace on Earth, a holiday celebration that connects us to nature, our families, and the world. Learn about Edward Bok’s legacy of peace at an outdoor exhibit located around the Oval Lawn.

Critter Christmas at Pinewood

Tucker and Tilly, the Pinewood Estate squirrels, have invited their forest friends to bring the spirit of the holidays outdoors. Fun for the entire family, Tucker & Tilly will be hiding in the estate’s gardens. Pick up your Critter Christmas Guide and find each of these forest friends. Complete the hunt and present your guide for a treat at The Shop at Bok.

Thanksgiving Day in the Gardens

Thursday, November 26 | Concerts at 1 PM & 3PM | Free for members, included in general admission.

Opening at 10:00 a.m., spend a day of celebrating the year’s blessings at the Gardens, highlighted by two carillon concerts of Thanksgiving.

Nature Adventurers: Creating an at Home Nature Museum

Saturday, December 5 | 10-11 AM | Free for members, $15 per family for non-members.

Found objects of nature can be a powerful teaching aid and build a connection for children to the natural world. Families will learn how to create an environmentally friendly space to bring nature to their home. Register for Creating an at Home Nature Museum.

Ring the Holidays Concert featuring the Silver Bells Big Band

Saturday, December 5 | 6-9 PM |$20 for members, $25 non-members.

Ring in the holidays with an evening jazz concert with the 10-member Silver Bells Big Band and Geert D’hollander. Read more about Ring the Holidays Concert.

Singing Carillon at Bok Tower Gardens

Hanukkah Carillon Concert

Friday, December 11 | 3 PM |Free for members, included in general admission.

Join Geert D’hollander for a concert celebrating the Festival of Lights.

Uncorked Concert

Saturday, December 12 | 2-3:30 PM | $20 for members, $35 non-members.

Enjoy a special wine flight while enjoying a musical journey through sips and songs with Geert D’hollander. Read more about Uncorked Concert.

Outdoor kitchen and gardens beds at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, FL

Gourmet Holiday Feast with Chef Matthew Fulwood and Chef Lucy Cortes-Castaneda

Wednesday, December 16 | 6:30 PM | $175 members/ $200 non-members.

Enjoy a gourmet holiday dining experience in the beautiful Outdoor Kitchen as the Brass door welcomes Red Door Lakeland. Read more about Gourmet Holiday Feast.

Fresh from the HEART Garden

Saturday, December 19 |10 AM – 12 PM |$12 members, $25 non-members.

Join Josh and Emily Jamison, the kitchen and garden managers of HEART village, as they cook up and talk about their favorite foods growing on their central Florida farm.  Learn about the plants they rely on to feed themselves and their students.

Grove Roots Brewing Co. pint half filled with beer promoting Uncasked Concert at Bok Tower Gardens

Uncasked Concert

Saturday, December 19 | 2-3:30 PM | $20 for members, $35 non-members.

Enjoy a special flight of craft beers from Grove Roots Brewing Co. while enjoying a musical journey through sips and songs with Geert D’hollander. Read more about Uncasked Concert.

Christmas Day in the Gardens

Friday, December 25 | Gardens Open at 10 AM | Free for members, included in general admission.

Celebrate Christmas Day against the festive backdrop of red and green holiday foliage. Enjoy holiday music favorites with carillon concerts at 1 PM and 3 PM.

New Year’s Day in the Gardens

Friday, January 1 | Concerts at 1 PM & 3 PM | Free for members, included in general admission.

Start your New Year’s Resolutions with fresh air and a hike. Enjoy two carillon concerts featuring holiday favorites at 1 PM and 3 PM.

More Info & Tickets

To find out more about all of these events, and a few others, go to boktowergardens.org/holidays2020.

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