Here is a great little diversion for the Christmas season, which is well worth getting off the beaten track for:

LAKE WALES, FL — Discover a wonderland of red and green as Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens returns November 23 through January 6. Visitors will enjoy the spectacular Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate, poinsettia, bromeliad and amaryllis displays, live music on the 205-foot Singing Tower carillon, Sunset & Symphony Holiday Concert with the full Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra (Dec. 1), winter walking tours, live music at Pinewood Estate and a variety of educational programs. Admission for the Gardens and Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate (Combo Admission) is $25 adults and $12 child (5-12). Kids under 5 are free.

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. Experience a holiday homecoming in postwar 1940s as the Buck family opens their winter retreat to celebrate the joy of the season with friends and family from the Mountain Lake and the Lake Wales community. A family celebration, sisters Lucy Buck Fox and Dorothy Buck O’Brien are highlighting each room of their home with magnificent Christmas decorations, sumptuous garlands, ribbons, trees and holiday finery fill the home with 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.

“We are digging deep into the Buck family history and it is with great privilege we are decorating this one-of-a-kind home,” Bostick said. “Months of preparation and planning have been spent by each member of our team and we’re excited that visitors will be able to experience how Mr. Buck and his family would have enjoyed Christmas together during the 1940’s,” she said. “The house speaks to you; you can feel its history. It’s an amazing place, and we love it.”

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 (OPO) 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.

Schedule of Events
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
6pm Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

Advance tickets: $20 members/$30 non-members, $10 child. Day of concert, tickets increase to $35. Please note: Concert admission begins at 3pm.