Celebrate the holiday season with festive events at Bok Tower Gardens now through January 4, 2015, including the 20th Anniversary Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate, special carillon concerts, winter garden tours, poinsettia displays, and much more!
Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens has become one of Central Florida’s favorite holiday destinations. With glittering decorations at the 20th anniversary Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate and bright, colorful poinsettia displays lining the River of Stone – we’ve added a touch of Christmas to everything we do at the Gardens. We have also added many new activities including a family holiday weekend, decorating workshops, special nighttime carillon concert with live choir, and much more.
We invite you to gather with your family and friends and escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season. With a host of festive events, there is something for everyone to enjoy this Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens!
Christmas Combo Admission Tickets
Your Ticket Includes:
- Admission to Bok Tower Gardens
- Admission to the Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate
- Poinsettia displays, carillon concerts,
winter walking tours, and more!
Celebrate the Christmas season with us by purchasing a combo admission ticket for holiday festivities at Bok Tower Gardens! Don’t miss everything we have to offer during one of Central Florida’s favorite holiday events.
$20 adults / $9 children (5-12) / $7 members
Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens Events & Activities
Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate
November 28 – January 4 • Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Sunday from noon – 5 p.m. • Buy Tickets
Now in its 20th year, the Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate is the highlight of our Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens season of holiday-themed events. The 20-room, Mediterranean-style mansion is decorated by volunteers and sponsored designers. Included in combo admission ticket: $20 adults / $9 children (5-12) / $7 members
Find out what you should know before you go!
Sunset & Symphony Holiday Concert
Saturday, December 6 • 6 p.m.
We hope you enjoyed time with family and friends at our annual Sunset & Symphony Holiday Concert featuring the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. The sounds of the Orchestra and Singing Tower carillon filled the air in a beautiful performance during one of Central Florida’s favorite outdoor concerts.
Special thanks to conductor Paul Hostetter, guest vocalist Marina Jurica, our own Geert D’hollander, carillonneur, and all the wonderful musicians for making it an unforgettable evening.
The winners of the Picnic Contest are…
Snow Bird Christmas - Kathy Yacoboni
Winter Wonderland - Martha Delatorre
Four Generations: Albers Family Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens - Dave Albers
“Holiday Traditions” Workshop Series
December 6, 13 • 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Visitors can make and take their own winter wonderland décor with the Holiday Traditions Workshop Series. Learn how to create handmade Christmas decorations like festive wreaths and charming centerpieces. $15. Supplies included. Reservations are required. Call 863.734.1222 for more information.
Christmas Carillon Concerts
November 28 to January 4
Geert D’hollander performs Christmas music from around the world at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday on the 60-bell Singing Tower carillon. Student carillonneur Julie Zhu from Yale University and the Royal Carillon School in Belgium performs live on the carillon every Monday through Wednesday throughout the holiday season. All 30-minute live carillon concerts are included with general gate admission.
Winter Walking Tours
November 28 to January 4 • Mondays–Saturdays 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. / Sundays 1:45 p.m.
Volunteers lead visitors on an hour-long winter walking tour, sharing information about the flora and fauna and guiding visitors through the Gardens from Pinewood Estate to the Singing Tower. Included with general admission.
December 2, 9, 16 • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Be sure to see the vintage Model A’s outside, meet historical characters from the 1930s, and catch a few surprise personalities from the past. Included with general admission.
Holiday Happy Hour
Thursday, December 11 • 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Join your friends for an early evening tour of Pinewood Estate and toast the season with a complimentary drink, light fare and holiday tunes. $15 per person; ages 21 and over. Call 863.734.1222 for more information.
Family Holiday Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, December 20 & 21
The spirit of the holidays comes to life at Bok Tower Gardens! Take photos of your kids visiting with Santa Claus,** listen to Charles Dickens-style carolers, see ice sculpture carving, and enjoy making holiday nature art with the whole family. Included with general admission.
**Santa Claus is scheduled to be at the Gardens on Sat., Dec. 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Sun., Dec. 21 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Carillon & Chorale featuring Harrison School for the Arts plus Holiday Home Tour open late
Sunday, December 21 • 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy an hour-long carillon concert under the stars with a live choir from Harrison School for the Arts. Visit Pinewood Estate for a special nighttime tour complete with hot chocolate and cookies. Light dinner available at the café before the concert for an additional fee. Last entry to Pinewood at 9 p.m. Tickets available at the entrance gate on day of event. Concert Only: $5/person; free for members. Concert & Home Tour: $13/person; $7 for members.
Christmas Day at Bok Tower Gardens
Thursday, December 25
Christmas Day at Bok Tower Gardens will certainly be a very memorable experience for everyone in attendance.
In addition to complimentary Holiday Home Tours of Pinewood Estate for the first 1,000 visitors**, Gardens carillonneur Geert D’hollander will share his 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. performances with a very special guest.
For the first time, D’hollander’s 9-year-old daughter, Rosalie, will join her father in the Tower’s playing cabin to perform a heartfelt duet of “Silent Night” to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1914 Christmas Truce.
**Due to an overwhelming response to our complimentary Holiday Home Tour offer on Christmas Day, this year we are limiting free tours to the first 1,000 guests in recognition of Pinewood Estate’s capacity and to preserve the tour experience for ticket holders.
Beginning at 8 a.m. on December 25, our entrance gate will distribute 1,000 time-specific tickets for the Holiday Home Tour on a first-come, first-served basis. Regular Gardens admission rates still apply. Travel Zoo combo admission vouchers are not valid on Christmas Day.
Café, gift shop and Holiday Home Tour hours are from noon to 5 p.m.; Gardens operating hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with last admission at 5 p.m.
Flicks in the Garden: Elf starring Will Ferrell
Saturday, December 27 • 7 p.m. (Admission begins at 5 p.m.)
Spend an evening under the stars with your family and enjoy “Elf” on the big screen. After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. Starring Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner, and Mary Steenburgen.
Included with $5 admission; ages 5 and up. Children under 5 admitted free. Tickets available at the entrance gate on day of event. We recommend bringing lawn chairs and/or blankets, insect repellent, a flashlight, drinks and snacks. For your convenience, drinks and snacks will also be available to purchase.