KENNETT SQUARE, PA…This year A Longwood Christmas pays homage to the Christmas tree with an imaginative display featuring traditional favorites and inspiring new twists to the iconic holiday symbol. From festive firs suspended from above to towering tannenbaums adorned in unique ways, uncover the magic of the Christmas tree reimagined through January 6. Tickets are available at longwoodgardens.org.
A Longwood Christmas is a festive display both indoors and outdoors. Inside Longwood’s warm 4-acre Conservatory, a forest of floating trees embellished with dazzling crystals, glass ornaments, and glittering baby’s breathe hangs from above. The Music Room is transformed into a book lover’s holiday haven, featuring a rotating 18-foot Fraser fir draped in a garland of books, with cleverly constructed trees fashioned from hardcover books and decorative folded book art adding to the holiday splendor.
Other ‘tree’mendous highlights in the Conservatory include a 24-foot tall white fir garnished with red ornament swaths amid a woodland of white frosted trees and winterberry holly. An ethereal glass “tree” made of 600 slivers of hand-cut green glass in various shades suspended over a meadow of red and white amaryllis, hellebores, and kalanchoe, while a whimsical 12-foot tall tumbleweed tree among an array of succulents evokes the spirit of the southwest. In the Ballroom, an 18-foot Fraser fir is decorated with a garland made entirely of ornately decorated packages topped with a golden glowing gift, symbolizing the generosity of Pierre and Alice du Pont to their staff and community.
More than 500,000 lights grace more than 150 trees throughout the outdoor Gardens. New displays this year include the Main Fountain Garden with shimmering lit conical trees, and the Large Lake features illuminated trees along the lakes edge bringing additional holiday cheer.
Two 6-foot southern magnolia trees are ornamented with natural materials found in the Meadow Garden, while the popular Wildlife Tree is reinvented as a 13-foot conical tree covered in 200 handmade birdhouses and decorated with edible ornaments for our furry and feathered friends. The always-anticipated Gardener’s Tree cleverly showcases the gardeners’ spin on the theme, featuring twirling ornaments, wind spinners, and whirligigs.
Created by Longwood craftsmen and local artisans, three fire pits, allow guests to warm up by the fire on chilly evenings, weather permitting.
In the Open Air Theatre, fountains dance day and night to holiday classics. Young and old will delight in Longwood’s outdoor train display as it travels past miniature Longwood landmarks lit for the holiday season.
Throughout the season, Longwood’s grand Ballroom hosts free and ticketed holiday-inspired performances as well as daily carol sing-alongs performed on Longwood’s grand 10,010-pipe organ. The Strolling Olde Towne Carolers add to the holiday charm on select evenings, while Longwood’s historic Chimes Tower plays holiday music every half-hour. For a complete listing of performances, visit longwoodgardens.org.
A Longwood Christmas runs November 22, 2018– January 6, 2019. Admission to the Christmas display is by Timed Admission Ticket, with tickets purchased in advance for a specific date and time. Members require free, timed Member reservations every day if arriving after 2 pm. Gardens Premium Members do not require reservations. Tickets and reservations are available now at longwoodgardens.org.
About Longwood Gardens
In 1906, industrialist Pierre du Pont (1870-1954) purchased a small farm near Kennett Square, PA, to save a collection of historic trees from being sold for lumber. Today, Longwood Gardens is one of the world’s great horticultural displays, encompassing 1,083 acres of dazzling gardens, woodlands, meadows, fountains, 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ, and 4.5-acre conservatory. Longwood continues the mission set forth by Mr. du Pont to inspire people through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education and the performing arts. Longwood Gardens is on US Route 1 near Kennett Square, PA. For more information, visit longwoodgardens.org.