Wednesday, Dec. 12 @ 5:30pm
Untermyer Park and Gardens
GRAND HOLIDAY ILLUMINATION OPENING CEREMONY AT UNTERMYER PARK AND GARDENS
The Untermyer Gardens Conservancy, a non-profit organization working in partnership with the City of Yonkers, announces the Opening Ceremony for its fourth annual Grand Holiday Illumination at the Walled Garden. The event is free and open to the public on Wednesday, December 12 at 5:30 PM.
The Walled Garden will be brilliantly illuminated with festive holiday lights, highlighting the rich architectural and horticultural elements of the garden. Beautiful holiday music in the Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Zoroastrian traditions will be played.
The Illumination will take place every night from December 13-January 1 from 4:30 until 8:00 PM. Hot chocolate will be served by various community groups on most evenings.
On December 11, Mayor Spano will preside over the Illumination, with the sequential lighting of various sections of the Walled Garden. A large crowd is expected to gather.
The Conservancy was founded in 2011, and funds seven gardeners working at Untermyer Gardens. In addition to extensive landscape improvements, it has completed four major capital projects: a mile long deer fence in 2015, the restoration of the Temple of Love in 2016 , The Vista in 2017 and the canals in the Walled Garden in 2018. There has been major media coverage of the improvements to what was called “America’s Most Spectacular Garden” in the 1920’s, including Martha Stewart Living, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. It is estimated that approximately 70,000 people visited the garden this year.