Capturing Christmas Magic

Capturing Christmas Magic

a christmas scene of several lit trees with silver ornaments
Becca Mathias

Dates & Price

November 20–December 3, 2024

Fee: $199

Fee for Innovators, Gardens Preferred, and Gardens Premium Members: $179

Fee includes all-day admission to the Gardens on the day the class is onsite.

This class is intended as an adult learning experience. Find out more about our Family Learning experiences.

Registrations may be cancelled up to two weeks before the event, and your registration fee, less a $30 processing fee, will be refunded.

To notify us of your cancellation, email us or call 610-388-5454.

Register by November 13, 2024

Innovators, Gardens Preferred, and Gardens Premium Members save on Continuing Education Courses

A 10% discount on classes will be applied automatically at the time of checkout. 

Start your class experience with an online orientation with professional photographer Andy Bale. Then, meet up with Bale in the East Conservatory for a quick introduction before you begin your early-morning photography session exploring and capturing the magic of this year’s A Longwood Christmas display throughout the West, East, and Main Conservatories at your leisure. Conclude your class online with a follow-up critique … and a whole lot of beautiful shots to proudly display at home. 

Course Schedule

Online Orientation
Wednesday, November 20, 6:00–7:00 pm

On-site Shoot
Sunday, November 24, 7:00–10:00 am

Online Critique
Tuesday, December 3, 6:00–8:00 pm

Full course content includes both the online and the onsite components.


Online via Zoom
Onsite in the Conservatory

This program will take place partially or entirely outdoors. Please dress for the weather and wear footwear suited for walking on uneven paths and through wet areas.


Andy Bale

Andy received his MFA from the University of Delaware in 2005, and his BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1994. He has been a full-time Lecturer of Photography at Dickinson College since 2013 and served as an adjunct professor of Photography prior to that from 2005 until 2012. Bale's photographs are included in the permanent collections of Caisse d'Epargne in Toulouse, the Photomedia Center and Messiah College in Pennsylvania, and at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.  

Additional Information

Photos taken during photography classes at Longwood may not be sold for commercial uses.