November 22, 2012 – January 6, 2013
Longwood Gardens are located in the Brandywine Valley, Kennett Square, PA
Awe-inspiring displays occur during every season at Longwood, but Christmastime is celebrated with a half million glittering lights and colorfully lit fountains around the thousand acre outdoor gardens.
Staff and volunteers create magic in the four acre indoor conservatory. There is the most beautifully decorated dining table that I have ever seen. It’s sixty-four feet long and covered with a moss runner, orchids, roses, begonias and ferns. Even Downton Abbey couldn’t match this. It is worth the admission alone.
The 10,010 pipe instrument organ was being played while we were there with a Christmas sing a long. Everyone can see behind the scene and view the pipes in another room.
White is the predominant Christmas color this year. The trees are artfully decorated with crafted star forms, glass icicles, white leaves, ostrich feathers and hydrangeas.
There are masses of white and red flowers including hydrangeas, pansies, lilies, poinsettias, cyclamen, winterberry and more…
A stunning green living wall that must be one of the largest in North America is in the restroom area.
QR codes are displayed on many plants. This will give you more information but only if you have already downloaded an app to read them.
Children enjoy spending time at the railway garden and treehouse. Christmas cookies and hot drinks are for sale outside the Terrace Restaurant and an extensive garden gift shop is not to be missed at the end of your visit.
Timed entrance tickets to see the impressive Christmas display at Longwood Gardens are best bought in advance. Do not just show up and expect to get in. Many days are booked already. Tickets are available online at tickets.longwoodgardens.org, in person at Central Ticketing, or by calling 610-388-1000 (additional fees apply for phone orders).
Outdoor light display turns on starting at 3:30 PM.
Christmas is magical at Longwood.
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