November 1, 2016 . . .KENNETT SQUARE, PA – A Longwood Christmas rings in the holiday season with a musically inspired display November 24–January 8. Explore the warm 4-acre conservatory and be enchanted by more than 50 trees adorned with an array of red, gold, and green glass ornaments. Outside, all eyes are on the sky as illuminated stars twinkle above, colorful fountains dance to holiday music, and a half-million lights brighten the night.
Inside Longwood’s 4-acre heated Conservatory, 16,000 seasonal plants including poinsettias, cyclamen, and anthurium flourish. An elegantly designed 30-foot floral tree takes center stage formed with poinsettias, euphorbias, and white phalaenopsis orchids. The Music Room décor features an 18-foot Fraser Fir tree rotating in a wooden music box decorated with a garland of real musical instruments. Guests entering the Conservatory will encounter a 22-foot tall Concolor Fir nestled next to an antique baby grand piano with flowing lights traveling up the tree lavishly decorated with red and gold ornaments.
Throughout the season, Longwood’s grand Ballroom will feature free and ticketed holiday-inspired performances as well as daily holiday sing-alongs performed on Longwood’s grand 10,010-pipe organ. Strolling Olde Towne Carolers add to the holiday charm Thursday – Sundays, from 4:30 – 8:30 pm. For a complete listing of performances, visit longwoodgardens.org.
More than 500,000 outdoor lights adorn 124 trees, with the tallest tree topping over 90 feet. Outdoor favorites return including the illuminated Italian Water Garden, and a 10-foot Concolor Fir in the Hourglass Lake Pavilion ornamented with materials found in the Meadow Garden and our natural lands. The popular Wildlife Tree entices our furry friends to nibble on edible ornaments made from wheat, apples, and birdseed. The Gardener’s Tree cleverly showcases our gardeners’ creativity with handcrafted ornaments and garland made with angel vine and burlap draping the 26–foot Concolor Norway.
Created by Longwood craftsmen and local artisans, three fire pits will be placed throughout the Gardens, allowing guests to warm up by the fire with loved ones. The fire pits will be available every night throughout the holiday season, 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 located near the Birdhouse Treehouse as it travels past miniature Longwood landmarks lit for the holiday season. In Longwood’s historic Chimes Tower, the 62–bell carillon plays holiday music every half hour.
On New Year’s Eve, Longwood offers a variety of performances for the entire family. Organ music will fill the Ballroom from 3–9 pm, Rob Dickinson and the Brandywine Christmas Minstrels perform from 2–8 pm throughout the Gardens, Galena Brass will create a festive atmosphere at the Peirce du Pont House from 4–9 pm, while rhythmic Steel Drums take center stage at the East Plaza.
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.
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 1,077 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 www.longwoodgardens.org or call 610-388-1000.