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. 1), winter walking tours, and a variety of educational programs.
Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate
Ticket sales begin November 23
November 23 – January 6
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Holiday Home Tour will give a first hand experience of post WWII era Florida and an in depth look into Mr. Bucks family as they come visit for the Christmas holidays. Join the three oldest Buck siblings Lucy, Dorothy and Leonard as they unfurl their amazing stories from the many adventures they had at Pinewood Estate.
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 Music in the courtyard outside the Estate.
Live Jazz at Pinewood Concert Schedule
Nov. 28: Emanon Jazz Dec. 1: Ben Torres & Marilyn Friedland Dec. 1: AcousticDose Dec. 22: Marcus Brixa Dec. 5: Ron Betts Dec. 26: Dean Johansen Dec. 8: Gerri Blount Dec. 29: Bryan Rivers Dec. 12: Omari Dillard Jan. 2: Ron Betts Dec. 15: Lee Hunter Jan. 5: The Sofa Kings
Christmas Carillon Concerts LIVE!
Nov. 23 to Jan. 6
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. 23 to Jan. 6
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.
Holidays at Hammock Hollow
Nov. 24, Dec. 8, Dec. 15, Dec. 22, Dec. 29 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Learn more about Florida’s wildlife and plant life during the winter season. Included with general admission or membership.
Nov. 28, Dec. 1, Dec. 5, Dec. 8, Dec. 12, Dec. 15, Dec. 19, Dec. 22, Dec. 26, Dec. 29, Jan. 2, Jan. 5
Join us on Saturday afternoons from 12:30pm – 2:30pm for live Music in the courtyard outside the Estate.
Sunset & Symphony Holiday Concert with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
Dec. 1 | 6 p.m.
Enjoy a full day of music and holiday festivities culminating in the evening finale performance by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the Singing Tower carillon. 10am-12pm Polkweed Muzique performs at the Terrace, 11am Carillon Concert, 12pm-2pm AcousticDose performs at Pinewood Estate Frog Fountain Courtyard, 1pm & 3pm Carillon Concert, 4pm-5:45pm Greye and 6pm Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Ticket includes Garden admission for the day and concert ticket (Pinewood admission not included).
Holidays at Hammock Hollow: Meet Mrs. Claus
Dec. 9 and 23 | 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Meet Mrs. Claus for pictures and enjoy story time on the Sabal Stage in Hammock Hollow. Included with general admission or membership.
Nov. 24 | 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Learn how to utilize holiday leftovers and stop throwing out miscellaneous ingredients lingering in your fridge with Chef Matthew Fulwood from Blue Palmetto Café. Craft beer, wine and refreshments included. $35 members/$42 non-members. Part of the Florida Food Series presented by Visit Central Florida.
Farm to Table Dinner with Chef Amy Freeze “Best of Championships”
Nov. 29 | 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Enjoy a four-course menu inspired by Chef Amy’s various championship appearances and wins, including dessert from her 2013 National Pie Championship win. Craft beer and wine included. $45 members/$52 non-members. Part of the Florida Food Series presented by Visit Central Florida.
Succulent Holiday Wreath Workshop
Dec. 1 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Create your own succulent wreath for the holidays. All supplies included. $50 members/$60 non-members.
Shop at Bok Holiday Open House
Dec. 6 | 4 p.m.-7p.m.
Enjoy holiday shopping refreshments complimentary gift wrap and special trunk show. The Blue Palmetto Cafe will be open with a dinner special for purchase and holiday sampling Free admission to the Shop at Bok after 4 pm.
Three Authors and a Holiday Brunch With a Florida Vibe
Dec. 8 | 12 p.m.-2 p.m.
Join cookbook authors Pam Brandon, Katie Farmand and Heather McPherson for a delectable holiday brunch celebrating local, seasonal products, stories and recipes for super-easy holiday entertaining. Each guest will enjoy four delicious courses, craft beer and wine and receive their choice of a signed copy of one of the presenters’ cookbooks. $55 members/$65 non-members. Part of the Florida Food Series presented by Visit Central Florida.
Japanese Floral Arrangements
Dec. 15 | 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
With expert instruction from Bloom Box Floral Owner Laurel LeMaistre, AIFD, learn how to create your own stunning floral arrangement and take it home. $40 members/$47 non-members.
Carillon & Chorale Holiday Concert
Dec. 16 | 4 p.m.
Enjoy a holiday concert that combines the talents of chorale members from Harrison School for the Arts with the Singing Tower. Free with general admission or membership.