Winter Reimagined returns with Tower Hill’s biggest light display ever
The most dazzling winter lights show in the region returns to Tower Hill Botanic Garden from Nov. 27 to Jan. 3 with extended hours and expanded displays.
**New hours of operation for this event only are Sundays and Tuesdays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (The property is closed Mondays, Dec. 24, 25 and 31, and Jan. 1). Tower Hill is free for children 5 and under and is located at 11 French Drive in Boylston, Mass. Please call 508-869-6111 or visit towerhillbg.org to plan your visit.
In recent years, more people than ever have been discovering Winter Reimagined and the joy of walking through the gardens while admiring the sparkling lights strung through Tower Hill’s distinguished collection of shrubs, trees, and landscape features. After strolling through the glowing gardens, visitors are welcome to explore the indoor facilities, which bring the cheer of the season to new levels.
“For us the celebration of light is important, as Winter Reimagined highlights our prized plant collection at a time when most of us aren’t thinking much about plants. But it’s also more than that,” said CEO Kathy Abbott. “During the shortest days of the year, light brings warmth and a sense of coming together. Then, as we cross the Winter Solstice, and the days grow longer, we can imagine our gorgeous gardens inching toward spring, the plants, animals, and us coming out of hibernation. We can begin to imagine the light at the end of the tunnel that is a New England winter. So let’s celebrate together in a setting that inspires hope fueled by natural cycles. Let’s get out and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer, year-round.”
Winter Reimagined, now in its 19th year, has something for all ages to enjoy at Tower Hill, a nonprofit botanic garden open year-round for the public’s enjoyment. There will be seasonal food at Twigs Café, crafts and scavenger hunts for children, conservatories filled with lush subtropical plants, unique finds in the Garden Shop, outdoor fire pits, wreath making workshops, and many strings of creatively-placed indoor lights and decorations of recycled materials. And yes, the Igloo will be back for the kid in all of us to crawl inside.
“It was exactly what I had hoped for – a winter scene of beautiful lights, lighting up the night,” read a review on TripAdvisor of last year’s display. “Go visit Winter Reimagined!” read another. One review on Facebook stated: “The lights are truly awe-inspiring!” Another offered: “Visit! You will not be disappointed!”
The month will also feature dozens of trees decorated trees. These 1,500 volunteer-made decorations have been created with materials reused or repurposed from gardens, grounds, and recycling bins. See how an empty soda bottle can add floral-inspired pizazz to a set of LED string lights or how catalogs and unused brochures can be reimagined into ornamental flowers with a little flare. Visitors will have a chance to marvel at the transformation of the ordinary into something magical and do-it-yourselfers are sure to find inspiration for seasonal projects
Admission fees go toward Tower Hill’s mission to make the world a better place with plants. Winter Reimagined is open to the public from Nov. 27 to Jan. 3.
New hours of operation for this event only are Sundays and Tuesdays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (The property is closed Mondays, Dec. 24, 25 and 31, and Jan. 1). Tower Hill is free for children 5 and under and is located at 11 French Drive in Boylston, Mass. Please call 508-869-6111 or visit towerhillbg.org to plan your visit.