Gardens Aglow 2019
Gardens Aglow is a huge holiday light display with lots of hands on holiday experiences throughout the lights. My family and I had the pleasure of a complimentary visit to Gardens Aglow this past Saturday in return for an unbiased post. Gardens Aglow is a yearly event that Heritage Gardens in Sandwich puts on Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays this year from November 29 – December 29; 4:30pm-8:30pm. Pricing is as follows $20 Adult $17 Adult Member $10 Youth (Ages 3-17) $8 Member Youth (Ages 3-17) Free for children 2 or younger. If you are a member they also are having a special members night on 12/15 “As part of our thanks for your generosity, please join us on Sunday, December 15 at Gardens Aglow to enjoy cookies and treats on us while you experience Cape Cod's favorite holiday tradition at 50% off the regular price.” you must register by 12/9 here!
We started our 2019 Gardens Aglow adventure by arriving right at 4:30 and the two main parking lots were already filled; I would highly recommend getting there by 4:15 for a good parking spot or you can reserve parking for $20. After bundling up for the chilly evening we headed into the gardens and picked up the reindeer hunt cards which my 7 and 9 year old love doing (it also helps to get the kids to see all the beautiful light displays).
The Automotive Gallery is all decked out for the holidays. You can visit Santa in the Ford Model T, see a performance down stairs and checkout all the cool old cars. We let the kids lead us along to find the reindeer we passed by Nickerson field where you can roast marshmallows (we saved that for the end) then by Magnolia Cafe where hot drinks and snacks are available for purchase over to the Old East Mill that is all lit up and there is ice craving on Saturday nights. Then down the hill to see the flume “light” fall and my favorite the fountain garden with the glowing ball display. From the fountain garden you can look down on the Outdoor Concert Stage field and see yet another amazing light display.
As we headed toward the Special Exhibitions Gallery we passed the Labyrinth (where a reindeer is hiding) and Parade Field where there are more snacks and drinks to buy and giant foam building pieces for the kids. In the Special Exhibitions Gallery you can visit Mrs. Claus, see a giant model train setup, help make a light bright display and the kids can build their own train setup which is where my two year old would have been content to stay all night!
The Carousel is all ready to celebrate the holidays as well. The horses look so festive at night in the glow of all the lights and decorations. As you take a spin on a horse of your choice you can take in the decorations from a different perspective. While at the Carousel you can also visit the Hundred Acre School and the American Art Gallery. At the end of a wonderful night after enjoying marshmallows (a great way to motivate my cold and tired kids back towards the entrance) you can turn in the reindeer hunt card for a prize; the kids each chose an old fashioned candy stick.
I highly recommend visiting Gardens Aglow this holiday season! Have you been or plan on going? What is your favorite part?
Molly, her husband, and their 1, 6 and 8 year split their time between their little piece of the cape in Orleans and Cambridge. She was a kindergarten teacher before her oldest was born then became a SAHM. She loves running, books, supporting literacy, nature walks, arts, craft, knitting and sewing as well as being outside and on the beach!
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