Easter Sunrise Service
A longstanding Gardens tradition, Easter morning worshippers are offered free admission from 6–8 a.m. to experience a magical sunrise service with full choir, brass ensemble, live carillon performances, and inspirational Easter message delivered by Rev. Chad Reynolds from the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Wales. A buffet breakfast will be served in the Blue Palmetto Café following, for an additional fee.
The 89th Annual Easter Sunrise Service at Bok Tower Gardens takes place Sunday, April 5 under a canopy of majestic oak trees as the sun rises over Iron Mountain.
The service begins at 7 a.m. The entrance gate, Visitor Center and Tower & Garden Gift Shop open at 6 a.m. Gardens’ carillonneur Geert D’hollander will begin the celebration at 6:30 a.m. with a selection of seasonal music performed on the 60-bell Singing Tower carillon. University of Central Florida bagpiper Benjamin Pugh, dressed in traditional Scottish kilt and attire, will follow with seasonal hymns and conclude the 45-minute service with “Amazing Grace.”
Rev. Chad Reynolds from the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Wales will deliver the Easter sermon. Inspirational music will be presented by the Lake Wales Chorale, directed by Charles Little and accompanied by Tammy Little. Lake Wales Brass performers will perform a selection from the Singing Tower balcony, and together with the Lake Wales Chorale throughout the morning’s service.
The Blue Palmetto Cafe opens at 8 a.m. for Easter breakfast buffet – $10.95 per adult, $7.95 per child (under 12).
Menu items include:
- Scrambled Eggs
- Spanish Eggs
- Sausage & Bacon
- Homestyle Potatoes
- Assorted Pastries
- Fresh Mixed Fruit
- Florida Orange Juice
- Coffee & Decaf
At 1 and 3 p.m., D’hollander will perform hymns and other seasonal carillon music for the occasion. Visitors can watch the 30-minute concerts on a video monitor in a special seating area located behind the Peace Lantern near the Tower and meet D’hollander by the Information Booth after the concerts.
The Easter Sunrise Service has been an annual tradition since April 17, 1927, making it the longest continuously running event at Bok Tower Gardens. Reverend G.W.R. Cadman formally dedicated the Sanctuary during the first service. The son of Gardens’ founder, Curtis Bok, said the service “quite literally helps the sun get over the horizon on Easter morning.”