KENNETT SQUARE, PA – A Longwood Christmas is fresh and in season this year as the gardens deck the halls with extravagant fruit-adorned trees throughout the Conservatory and dazzling light displays outdoors November 28, 2013 through January 12, 2014. From towering trees adorned with glass fruit sculptures to a Music Room set to impress with a grand holiday tea to more than 500,000 outdoor lights dotting the night sky, the beauty and magic of the holiday season awaits at Longwood.
Admission to the Christmas display is by Timed Admission Ticket, with tickets purchased in advance for a specific date and time. There is no admittance to the gardens without a timed admission ticket. Guests should buy their tickets before arriving at the Gardens to ensure admittance. Tickets are available now and can be purchased online at www.longwoodgardens.org, or in person at Longwood. Please note: Tickets for Peak Days (all Saturdays, Sundays and December 26-31) sell out quickly. Admission prices are:
|non-peak days||peak days (Saturdays, Sundays and Dec. 26-31)|
|Youth (ages 5-18 or with student ID)||$8||$11|
|Children (ages 4 and under)||Free||Free|
Please note: Members do require free reservations if visiting after 2 pm on peak days.
Floral Beauty at Every Turn
Inside Longwood’s 4-acre heated Conservatory 16,000 seasonal plants, including poinsettias accented with amaryllis, lilies, begonias, cyclamen, and hydrangea flourish. Elegantly decorated trees shimmer and sparkle with festive, fruit-inspired ornaments. In Longwood’s Exhibition Hall an array of locally-grown red and green apples float creating a carpet of color. Throughout the Conservatory guests will encounter a host of decorated trees, some reaching as high as 18-feet. One tree not to miss this holiday season is an 18-foot Douglas Fir tree in the East Conservatory adorned with 175 hand blown glass pears. These works of art were created by artisans in California each red, green and yellow glass pear is 10-12 inches tall. More horticultural finery, including swags of exotic plants, Christmas cactus baskets, and living wreaths flourish throughout the Conservatory.
In the Music Room, a grand tea is for guests inspired by the Green Room at the Hotel du Pont, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013 and was built by Longwood’s founder, Pierre S. du Pont. The Music Room décor includes trees fashioned with sugared pear, lemon, apple and pomegranate ornaments to create a gradation of green, gold and red colors.
Outdoor Lights & Music
Longwood works its holiday magic outdoors, too. More than 500,000 outdoor lights adorning 74 trees in classical and free-style form styles enchant both young and old. The lighting extravaganza includes the addition of lighting Longwood’s surviving American Elm, select trees in the eastern portion in the Gardens near the picturesque lake and a fountain of lights in the Main Fountain Garden. Fountains dance day and night to holiday music in the Open Air Theatre (weather permitting) beneath glimmering starry snowflakes. Young and old will delight in Longwood’s outdoor train display nestled near the Idea Garden as it travels past miniature Longwood landmarks lit for the holiday season. Natural edible ornaments adorn the Wildlife Tree created especially for Longwood’s feathered and furry friends.
Music is a seasonal highlight as holiday concerts in the ornate Ballroom include organ sing-alongs on Longwood’s majestic 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ, and evening choral and bell choir performances by area groups. In Longwood’s historic Chimes Tower, the 62-bell carillon plays holiday music every half hour. Strolling performances fill the gardens with holiday music at every turn on weekends. Most performances are included in Gardens admission.
On New Year’s Eve, Longwood offers a variety of performances for the entire family. Organ music fills the Ballroom from 3-9 pm; Rob Dickinson and the Brandywine Christmas Minstrels perform from 2-8 pm; Barbershop Quartet Frank the Dog harmonizes throughout the conservatory from 6-9 pm, while the upbeat Parti Gras performs from 4-9 pm and the sounds of handbells fill the gardens from 4-9 pm.
Please note Longwood will host special Garden Pass Member-only Holiday Evenings on Mondays, December 2, 9, 16 beginning at 5pm. Only Garden Pass Members will be admitted on these exclusive evenings.