Though he is not bound by the laws of physics, Santa Claus is duty bound to eat every cookie, brisket, and pile of thumbtacks you leave out for him. Explore other Yuletide traditions with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $18 for the Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens tour package for two (up to a $40 value)
- $34 for the Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens tour package for four (up to an $80 value)
Visitors walk through the 20 rooms of Pinewood Estate, a Mediterranean-style winter vacation home, on the Holiday Home Tour. They see an array of nature-themed yuletide decorations while referring to an included program that divulges information on the designers, their decorations, and the ghosts of Christmases past that are trapped inside them. Groupon customers also receive admission to the garden and nature preserve. The Holiday Home Tour begins November 23, 2012; you can redeem your Groupon anytime between then and January 6, 2013—including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. Children under 5 are admitted for free.
Bok Tower Gardens
Bok Tower Gardens, a National Historic Landmark, has enthralled visitors since 1929. When founder Edward W. Bok visited the area near Lake Wales, Florida, during winter retreats, he became enchanted with the beauty and vistas from Iron Mountain. From the hilltop, 298 feet above sea level, Bok marveled at serene sunsets and was inspired to preserve the area for future generations. Famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. was brought in to create a 50-acre garden, which has ferns, palms, oaks, and pines fashioning a lush backdrop with flowering foliage. At the center of the garden, the Singing Tower, designed by Milton B. Medary, features 60 carillon bells ranging in weight from 16 pounds to 12 tons, which play daily. Also at the heart of the garden is Pinewood Estate—a Mediterranean-style mansion built in the early 1930s by Charles Austin Buck, a Bethlehem Steel vice president. The estate is open to self-guided tours and decorated during the holiday season. Visitors can look forward to special events hosted at Bok Tower Gardens throughout the year, with refreshments available at the Blue Palmetto Café and souvenirs at the gift shop.