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Longwood Gardens' showcases trees decorated by 13 schools for A Longwood Christmas. Exhibiting classrooms or schools will be chosen based on completion of application, overall aesthetic, and sample photos or illustrations provided. The 13 finalists will receive 35 complimentary one-day passes to view the display, as well as a $50 stipend to help defray the cost of materials. 

The theme for 2020 will be "Fire and Ice." Many of the trees in the display will feature shades of red, orange, and yellow for fire and white, clear, blue, turquoise and silver for ice. Designs 

We encourage applicants to be creative in the design, so we can showcase a variety of unique ornaments. This is a chance for your classroom or school to shine! 

Children's Christmas Trees Guidelines 

  • All ornaments must be handmade by students. 
  • Ornaments should not exceed a size of 4x4 inches and come with an attached method to hang. A minimum of 75 and a maximum of 100 ornaments may be submitted per final entry.
  • Garland should be made in six 4-foot sections, with hooks or loops to hang.
  • Tree toppers should not exceed 8 x 11 inches and must have a sturdy method of attachment. 
  • Children's Christmas Trees stand approximately 4 feet tall. All decorations should be lightweight to accommodate the size of the trees. 
  • Perishable, live or edible items such as bird seed, dried fruit, pasta, salt dough, berries, or spices will not be considered. 
  • Identifiable photographs of students, moving decorations, additional lights, candles, and religious or political iconography will not be considered. Student's names or initials may not be on ornaments.
  • All ornaments must be firmly constructed to withstand humid conditions and unheated night temperatures. Paper ornaments must be covered with a sealant or protectant such as Mod Podge. 

Questions? Please contact:

School and Youth Programs
Phone: 610.388.5377

Submission Deadline

May 12, 2020 at 5:00 pm