Come “Home for the Holidays” as Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens Rings In November 23 through January 6
Home for the Holidays
The gem of Bok Tower Gardens holiday festivities, the 20-room, 1932 Mediterranean-style Pinewood Estate is a step back in time to the grandeur and glamour of a bygone era. Learn more about this fascinating period in American history through the eyes of C. Austin Buck and his family, one of America’s true steel dynasties.
The estate’s decorations change each Christmas, and no two years are ever the same. For the 2018-19 edition, journey Home for the Holidays to postwar 1940s as the Buck family opens the doors of their winter retreat to celebrate with their friends and family from the Mountain Lake and Lake Wales community. Sisters Lucy Buck Fox and Dorothy Buck O’Brien are overseeing the decorating and every room of their cherished home features magnificent Christmas decorations, sumptuous garlands, ribbons, trees and holiday finery capturing the grandeur of the season.
Adding Sparkle to a National Historic Landmark
Inspired by the history and beauty of Pinewood Estate, members of The Amaryllis Club are once again decorating the entire estate and the entry gates. A volunteer patron group, their mission is to promote and preserve the heritage and vintage style of this historic home, and to take on other special projects on behalf of the Gardens. Patti Bostick, lead designer for The Amaryllis Society’s decorating team, said the Club’s main intent was to maintain the integrity of the house in their designs and to make sure the decorations emphasize the home’s architecture, beauty and style.
A Holiday Hunt for the Whole Family
Children are encouraged to tour the historic estate and participate in a fun hunt for a family of Pinewood Christmas squirrels Tucker and Tilly who are hiding throughout the Estate. For convenient snacks and drinks, visitors can enjoy Pinewood Place located adjacent to the Estate and open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through January 6, 2018. Following the Christmas season, Pinewood Estate will reopen to daily tours later in January.
Ring in the Holidays with Sunset & Symphony
The annual Sunset & Symphony Holiday Concert with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is Saturday, December 1 at 6 p.m. The OPO and Singing Tower carillon perform holiday classics while visitors enjoy picnicking and festival-style seating on the Gardens’ Great Lawn. New for 2018, 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, 12:30pm-2:30pm AcousticDose performs at Pinewood Estate Frog Fountain Courtyard, 1pm & 3pm Carillon Concert, 4pm-5:45pm Greye and 6pm Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. $30 adults advance, $10 child.
Please note: Gardens admission for the day includes concert ticket. Day of concert, tickets increase to $35. Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens is sponsored in part by Visit Central Florida, and by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
About Bok Tower Gardens: Voted Florida’s best garden, Bok Tower Gardens is a National Historic Landmark located 10 miles from LEGOLAND Florida, 55 miles southwest of Orlando and 60 miles east of Tampa near Lake Wales in Central Florida’s rolling hills of citrus. Open every day of the year from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Visitor Center, Café and Gift Shop are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults and $5 for ages 5-12. Members and children under 5 are admitted free. LEGOLAND ticket holders will receive free admission for children under 12. For more information, contact Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Boulevard, Lake Wales FL 33853; 863-676-1408 or visit www.boktowergardens.org.