Night Lights is an annual celebration held at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA just outside of Worcester. Night Lights is an inclusive, secular event where visitors of all backgrounds can celebrate winter, light, and nature together. It includes two unique experiences: Night Lights (the evening experience) and Winter Wonderland (the day time experience). Please note that the Garden is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays until 4pm.

NIGHT LIGHTS (the nighttime experience)
Daily, 4pm to 9 or 10pm
Celebrate the season with enchanting landscapes, fun experiences, and thousands of lights. Enjoy seasonal fare and spirits, visit our Garden Shop for unique gift ideas, or give the gift of four-season membership. Pre-purchased timed-entry special event tickets are required for entry after 4pm. Member tickets are now on sale. Non-member tickets go on sale October 15.

Night Lights ticket prices range from $7 to $19 per person depending on age and date. Members save $3 to $5 per ticket for up to 6 tickets per transaction and may purchase additional tickets at full price.

View Night Lights 2018 here.

WINTER WONDERLAND (the daytime experience)
Wednesdays to Sundays, 10am to 3pm
Included with general admission, purchase admission when you arrive on property. Free admission for members.

  • Visitors can enjoy decorated indoor rooms and soak in the warmth of subtropical plants in our conservatories. Don’t forget to stop by the Café for a delicious meal and the Garden Shop for nature-inspired gifts.
  • The outdoor gardens and grounds provide opportunities for walks and hikes.
  • Families with children will enjoy the scavenger hunts, the model train, discovery backpacks, hands-on Library activities, and more.
  • Adult Educational trips, programs, and workshops available for an additional fee. See events calendar for details.
  • Winter Wonderland Sing-Along Performances with Margeret McCandless on Saturdays, November 30 through December 28, 11am-12pm.

View Winter Wonderland 2018 here.

Frequently asked questions about Winter Wonderland can be found here.

Enjoy Member Appreciation Weekend at the Garden Shop on Saturday, November 30, and Sunday, December 1. The Garden Shop is celebrating Tower Hill members with a weekend of double discounts on your purchases.* We appreciate your generous support throughout the year. All proceeds from Garden Shop purchases benefit the gardens and organization. Thank you for choosing to support nonprofit retail and find wonderful, unique gifts at the same time. 

Pair your corporate or social holiday party or year-end celebration with Night Lights for a truly festive celebration! Enjoy delicious and creative fare by Peppers Artful Events while discovering the stunning display of décor and lights around the gardens. Cocktail parties are ideal for groups of 50 guests or less. View more information here.
Contact Private Events for more information.

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Guests should expect a walking experience outdoors through roughly 15 acres of formal gardens and surrounding woodlands, including illuminated plants, paths, sculptures, and fountains. The magical scene is enhanced with fire pits for warming up, making s’mores, or enjoying a cup of hot cocoa or an adult beverage.

Inside, visitors can step out of the elements to investigate our model train village, explore our indoor garden conservatories, enjoy freshly prepared fare at our Café, and peruse our specialty-curated Garden Shop for one-of-a-kind, nature-themed finds.

The display is beautiful every night! We anticipate selling out for most peak evenings. If your schedule allows, we recommend visiting on a non-peak evening. Also, snowy or drizzly nights may be cold and wet, but they make for great photos and the lights have an extra sparkle!

Night Lights ticket prices vary depending on which day you choose to visit. Please visit our ticket page for more information.

Tower Hill is open for evening visits daily beginning at 4 p.m.  The garden will close one and one half hours after the last ticket time each evening at 9:30 p.m. or 10:30 p.m.  Pre-purchased tickets are required for evening admission.  Tickets are not available at the gate.

Tower Hill is closed on December 24th and December 31st.

No, there will not be tickets available at the door for sold out nights.

The indoor facilities are accessible for wheelchairs and strollers, though on peak evenings strollers may be tricky to navigate through our indoor spaces. Jogging style strollers work best for our garden paths and trails. We have several wheelchairs available to borrow. Because this is a rain, star shine, or snow event, we advise caution when navigating potentially icy outdoor spaces. All visitors should wear sturdy footwear and be dressed for the elements.

Dogs are welcome to walk our trails between 10am and 3pm during Winter Wonderland. However, we anticipate large numbers of visitors on the property for Night Lights. For the safety and security of our guests, and the dogs who love to visit us, we do not allow dogs to visit Tower Hill during Night Lights (4pm onwards) from November 29, 2019 to January 31, 2020. Service dogs are always welcome.

Operators are happy to assist you by calling (866) 971-0969. Operators available Mondays to Saturdays 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays noon to 8 p.m.

The time on your ticket is when you should plan to drive onto Tower Hill property. Visitor tickets will be checked from your car at the gate before you are directed to the parking lot. Please plan accordingly as Tower Hill cannot accommodate early arrivals or those waiting for the rest of their party to arrive. Those arriving more than 30 minutes late may forfeit entry.  No tickets will be available to purchase at the gate.

All evening visitors do need to pre-purchase their tickets online. Many evenings and timeslots will sell out quickly. However, you may also place your ticket order over the phone by calling (866) 971-0969 or in-person at the Garden during a day time visit.  For phone and in-person purchases a $2.50 per transaction fee will be charged.

For evening tickets, to speed up entry, we ask that you print your tickets and have them ready to hand to our staff when you drive onto our property. Your tickets will be scanned from your car as you enter the property before our staff members direct you to a parking space. If you are unable to print your tickets you may present the PDF of your tickets on your smartphone so long as we are able to scan the barcode. If you are unable to print your tickets and do not have a smartphone, we can always look up your tickets, but this is a slower option.

Tower Hill Members save $3-$5 on evening tickets for Night Lights. Learn more about membership here. Purchase your membership and your Night Lights tickets together to instantly receive your member discount.

Night Lights ticket prices vary depending on the day of the visit.  Please visit our ticket page for more information. The evening hours of Night Lights are a special event and no gate passes, library passes, or any other general admission discounts apply.

Group discounts for evening visits are available for groups of 20 or more arriving by bus as long as the bus does not remain on Tower Hill property during your visit. Groups of 20 or more save 20% on admission to Night Lights. Group discounted tickets must be purchased at least 7 days in advance. Please contact Suzanne Hauerstein at 508.869.6111 x175 or for more information.

When you purchase your tickets, you will need to create a Freshtix account using the email address associated with your Tower Hill membership. Members should not use the Facebook log-in option. If you purchased tickets online in previous years, you created a log-in and the information will be the same.

Members will also need to know their membership number and the email address associated with their membership in order to receive their member discount.  Click here to learn where to find your member number.

No, the property will be closed from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. This includes the gardens, gate, parking, grounds, and buildings. Daytime entry ends at 2:30 p.m. and entry after 4 p.m. requires a separate pre-purchased ticket.  All daytime visitors must leave the property by 3 p.m.

Farmer and the Fork café will offer seasonally inspired cuisine and delicious dessert offerings and will be open for lunch and dinner during Night Lights. Seating will be available in the café as well as throughout the indoor facilities.  Our Night Light concession will be open for evening visitors. Stop by for holiday-themed drinks, warm cider donuts, hot chocolate, and other tasty grab and go bites while you enjoy the lights.

Night Lights is a rain, snow, or shine by starlight event. Due to the nature of our garden paths, some areas may not be cleared of snow or ice and some activities may be limited on windy days. Please dress appropriately for the elements. If you have purchased tickets for a specific evening and Tower Hill closes that evening due to extreme weather, you will be contacted in advance through the email address that you entered when you purchased your tickets and a refund will be issued. All other tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be used for a different date or time. Our ticketing system, which is critical in controlling the flow of traffic and improving the visitor experience for thousands of guests in a short time span, cannot process individual refunds or changing to a different time slot, much like tickets to a sports event or theater performance. This special event, which occurs outside our regular hours of operation, is crucial in funding the year-round operation of our nonprofit garden. If you cannot attend at the time for which you purchased your tickets, you have several options:

  1. You can give your tickets to another individual(s). Please note that member, child, youth, and senior tickets may only be redeemed for a single ticketed admission of equal or lesser value.
  2. You can choose to return your tickets to Tower Hill as a donation to our nonprofit, receiving a tax-deductible receipt in return. You must email the Advancement office by Dec. 30, 2018, to apply for this option.
  3. Visitors can choose to redeem an unused Night Lights ticket for a single daytime admission of equal or lesser value through Dec. 30, 2019, by showing their unused tickets to the Entry Gate staff. Members can exchange each unused Night Lights ticket to bring a non-member guest during daytime hours until Dec. 30, 2019. For example, an unused member adult ticket can be exchanged for an adult daytime admission, a senior for a senior, etc.

None of these options will result in cash or credit card refunds for unused ticket purchase price.