Be a part of Longwood Gardens' most spectacular seasonal display!
Longwood will showcase trees decorated by 13 schools for the 2019 A Longwood Christmas display. The theme will be "Shapes of the Season." All ornaments should fit within this theme and use patterns, fractals, and biomimicry or traditional Christmas shapes and forms in their designs. All decorations must be handmade by the students.
Please note: there is no set color scheme for the display. We encourage you to be creative in your design, so we can showcase a variety of unique ornaments. This is a chance for your classroom or school to shine!
The exhibiting classroom or school will be chosen based on completion of application and sample photos or illustrations provided. Exhibiting classrooms or schools will receive 35 complimentary one-day passes to view the display, as well as a $50 stipend to help defray the cost of materials.
General Rules and Guidelines
Trees will be approximately 3.5 to 4 feet tall and lit with white lights. Longwood staff will decorate the trees with the student ornaments.
Identifiable photographs of children, moving decorations, additional lights, candles, and religious or political ornaments will not be accepted. Children's names should not be visible on ornaments.
All ornaments must be handmade. No perishable, live or edible items will be allowed. For example, bird seed, dried fruit, pasta, salt dough, berries, cinnamon sticks, or spices will not be accepted. Suggested materials include but are not limited to: pine cones, sweet gum balls, pods, shells, dried flowers, Spanish moss, grapevine, popsicle sticks, wooden cut-outs, feathers, buttons, beads, spools, punched tin, puzzle pieces, ribbon, pompoms, small mirrors and air-dried clay.
The ornaments must be firmly constructed to withstand unheated night temperatures. Paper ornaments must be covered with a sealant or protectant such as Mod Podge.
A minimum of 75 ornaments and a maximum of 100 ornaments may be submitted per final entry. Each ornament should not exceed a size of 4 inches x 4 inches and should be lightweight and come with an attached method to hang.
Tree toppers should not exceed 8 inches x 11 inches and must have a sturdy method of attachment.