Winterlights at Stevens-Coolidge
The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) today announces the return of Winterlights—the award-winning, immersive holiday light display now in its fifth year—that brings joy to tens of thousands of people. The event will take place at three beloved Trustees’ properties—the Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate (Canton), Naumkeag (Stockbridge), and Stevens-Coolidge House & Gardens (N. Andover).
All three garden properties will sparkle with hundreds of thousands of lights along with food, refreshments, and more to make for a magical experience for all. The displays will run Wednesdays through Sundays between November 25th and January 7th, from 4:30 to 8:30 pm at all three locations.
Those wishing to attend must purchase online tickets in advance at thetrustees.org/winterlights/.
“Watching our beautiful public gardens transform into a winter wonderland where special memories with family and friends are made has become an annual tradition of wonder and delight,” said Trustees Interim President & CEO Nicie Panetta. “Our properties are community hubs all year long and at The Trustees we take pride in adapting our unique places to allow more people to gather and celebrate in nature.”
Citizens is once again sponsoring this year’s show at the 90-acre Bradley Estate, where people can enjoy an illuminated woodland trail as well as light displays and illuminations throughout the elegant, lattice-walled gardens. The layout at Bradley is being reimagined this year but the beloved Candy Cane Lane leading up to the historic home will remain.
Residents and visitors to the Berkshires will once again be able to bask in the illuminated wonder of the public gardens and estate at Naumkeag, where meticulously designed displays light up the amazing 48-acre grounds. Favorite installations like Rainbow Road, The Laser Light Forest, and Blue Steps will return alongside new elements that will surprise new visitors, as well as those who have made this a family tradition. The site will also debut a new path through the orchard, as part of a garden restoration project, that is designed to improve the terrain, although we still do not recommend this event for those with mobility issues. There will be no on-site parking at Winterlights this year, as guests will park in designated parking spaces on both sides of Town Hall at 50 Main St. and take a short shuttle ride to the property.
Stevens-Coolidge House & Gardens is back for 2022 and fresh off interior and exterior renovations. In addition to the stunning outdoor light displays spread out across 91 acres, visitors will also be able to experience the newly renovated home on the property that belonged to Helen Stevens Coolidge and her husband, John Gardner Coolidge—a diplomat descended from Thomas Jefferson and a nephew to Isabella Stewart Gardner.
Sweet and savory holiday-themed delights such as hot cocoa, hot cider, cookies, and cider doughnuts will be offered at all three locations.
Tickets are already more than sixty percent sold out at all three properties, so visitors are encouraged to secure passes quickly by visiting thetrustees.org/winterlights.
The pricing has changed this year to offer visitors more flexibility. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, adults pay $22 ($17 for Members) and children ages 3-13 pay $10 ($5 for Members). Primate dates, which are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, cost $27 ($22 for Members) and $10 ($5 for Members) for children 3-13. Children 2 and under are free.
Visitors should be aware that due to uneven and stepped terrain, wheelchair and stroller accessibility is limited at these events.
Those looking to enjoy reduced pricing and other perks can sign up to become Trustees’ Members at thetrustees.org/membership/.
More about The Trustees
Founded by landscape architect Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees has, for more than 130 years, been a catalyst for important ideas, endeavors, and progress in Massachusetts. As a steward of distinctive and dynamic places of both historic and cultural value, The Trustees is the nation’s first preservation and conservation organization, and its landscapes and landmarks continue to inspire discussion, innovation, and action today as they did in the past. We are a nonprofit, supported by members, friends and donors and our 123 sites are destinations for residents, members, and visitors alike, welcoming millions of guests annually. thetrustees.org.