Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens

Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens is an annual celebration for all ages and one of the best times of year to visit. The ever-popular Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate is the highlight of Bok Tower Gardens’ season of holiday-themed events, but 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 Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra (Dec. 2), winter walking tours, and a variety of educational programs.

Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens is sponsored in part by Visit Central Florida, Winter Haven Honda and by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and Winter Haven Honda.

Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate

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November 24 – January 7
10:00am – 5:00p.m.
Tickets must be purchased at the Visitor Center or Gate prior to arriving at the Estate. To receive member discount, members must purchase tickets at the Visitor Center or Gate (online purchases will not be discounted).

The Holiday Home Tour takes a musical turn celebrating Charles Austin Buck’s passion for music and the sounds of the 1930’s. The Buck 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 the era as Pinewood Estate is merry and bright for the holidays!

The 20 room, 1932 Mediterranean-style estate’s decorations change each Christmas, and no two years are ever the same. Children are invited to participate in a fun hunt for a family of Pinewood Christmas squirrels. Join us on Saturday afternoons from 12:30 pm -2:30 pm for live Jazz in the courtyard outside the Estate.

Live Jazz at Pinewood Concert Schedule
Nov. 25: Omari Dillard
​Dec. 9: Swing Boutique
​Dec. 16: Charlie “Topp” Hines wtih Kelly Nelson
Dec. 23: Victoria de Lissovoy
​Dec. 30: Those Guys
​Jan. 6: John Skillman and the New Orleans Nighthawks

Christmas Carillon Concerts LIVE!

Nov. 24 to Jan. 7
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. Included with general admission.

Winter Walking Tours

Nov. 25 to Jan. 8
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 p.m. and 2 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. only. Included with general admission.

Gingerbread Houses with Mrs. Claus

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Nov. 26 at 11:00am & 2:00pm
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 companion adult). Additional companion adult admission $24.

Live Jazz

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Nov. 25, Dec. 9, 16, 23, 30, Jan. 6
Join us on Saturday afternoons from 1:30pm – 3:00pm for live Jazz in the courtyard outside the Estate.

Sunset & Symphony Holiday Concert with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

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Dec. 2 at 6 p.m.
Enjoy the sounds of the season as the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and Singing Tower carillon perform in one of Central Florida’s favorite holiday concerts. Visitors are encouraged to prepare themed picnics and arrive early to participate in the instrument petting zoo beginning at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $30/adults; $10/children ages 5-12; $5 advance adult discount, $10 advance member discount. Children under 5 free.

Lunch & Learn: Holiday Home Decor with Plants

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Dec. 7 at 12 p.m.
Do you enjoy decorating for the holidays? Why not try incorporating plants and other materials from nature? Learn how to decorate indoors and outdoors for the holidays with plants, natural materials, and other festive crafts.

Three Authors and a Fishmonger

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Dec. 9 at 12:00pm
Join us for an afternoon of cooking demos and delicious tastes of Florida recipes that celebrate the bounty of our waters. “Good Catch: Recipes & Stories Celebrating the Best of Florida’s Waters” authors Heather McPherson, Pam Brandon, and Katie Farmand, along with Wild Ocean Seafood fishmonger Cinthia Sandoval, will cook, entertain with stories, and serve everything from cocktails to dessert, including the freshest Florida seafood. Each guest will receive a signed copy of “Good Catch” ($29.95 value), and the authors will be on hand to personalize copies — with additional copies for sale at a discount for holiday gifts.

Gingerbread Houses with Mrs. Claus

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Dec. 10 at 11:00am & 2:00pm
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 companion adult). Additional companion adult admission $24.

Celestial Greetings

Dec. 13
Join Geert D’hollander as he performs his all-new Christmas CD Live! Enjoy the peak of the Geminids, also known as the “King of All Meteor Showers” because it’s the most intense of all the annual meteor showers. Concert begins at 7pm. Geert will be available to sign CDs after the performance. Included with general admission.

Carillon & Chorale Holiday Concert

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Dec. 17 at 4:00pm
The sounds of the holidays ring out as the Singing Tower carillon joins a live choir from Harrison School of Arts for an enchanting late afternoon concert experience.

Sweeten Your holidays

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Dec. 22 at 1:00pm
Join us for a fun, intergenerational workshop! Linda Worle, state certified horticulturist and teacher will show real sugar cane plants. She will explain the harvest process…and for the fun part: we will decorate sugar cookies for the holidays! Master the surprisingly simple techniques for transforming royal icing and sugar cookies into edible art inspired by nature. Chef Stephanie Eckstein, Cornerstone Catering & Events, will walk through the steps of using the flooding method to create professional-style designs. Laugh and learn as you practice piping skills and create a beautifully decorated cookie.