Heritage Museums & Gardens’ highly anticipated annual family holiday event, Gardens Aglow, opens on Friday, November 25, and runs each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening through December 18, from 4:30-8:30 pm.
More than ten miles of holiday lights will adorn Heritage’s 100 acres of gardens and woodlands to create a twinkling wonderland. Throughout the grounds and buildings, visitors can enjoy festive holiday displays, family-friendly activities, marshmallow-roasting, music and special performances, visits with Santa Claus, displays of model trains—and even a visit by some baby animals.
Sponsors for Gardens Aglow include the Arbella Insurance Foundation, The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, The Casual Gourmet, Missy and Dave McGraw, Nauset Disposal, Rogers & Gray Insurance, Eastern Bank, Horsley Witten Group, Inc., Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines, Café Chew, and Robie’s Heating and Cooling.
“The winter holiday season offers a unique time to experience Heritage in a new way, and to join with friends and family to create lasting memories,” said Ellen Spear, President & CEO of Heritage Museums & Gardens. “We’ve added some wonderful elements that make this season all the more special. We thank our sponsors for working with us to bring memorable experiences for everyone who visits.”
Gardens Aglow visitors will benefit from Heritage’s creation of a new visitor arrival experience this past summer, which enhances ease of parking and entry through ticketing. Members and those with pre-purchased tickets will gain easy entry to the event through their own admissions lines.
Among the features of this season’s Gardens Aglow:
“Our goal is to highlight the natural beauty of the Heritage gardens,” said Les Lutz, Director of Horticulture and Facilities Management at Heritage Museums & Gardens. “Though the summer blooms get all the attention, there is something magical about the quiet stillness of the gardens in winter that the lighting helps enhance.”
For the third year in a row, Heritage Museums & Gardens is partnering with the Sandwich Food Pantry to assist area families. This season, visitors are asked to bring school supplies, including glue sticks, pencil boxes or pouches, spiral notebooks, highlighter markers, thumb drives, three-ring binders, and #2 pencils. Donation boxes will be set up in The Shop at Heritage. The Shop will also be open, offering great gifts for family and friends.
Gardens Aglow will take place from 4:30 to 8:30 pm on the following weekends: November 25, 26, 27; December 2, 3, 4; December 9, 10, 11; and December 16, 17, 18.
Tickets are $15 for member adults, $5 for member youth, $18 for non-member adults, and $7 for non-member youth. Children ages 2 and younger are admitted at no charge. Group discounts are available.