KENNETT SQUARE, PA–This year Longwood Gardens celebrates the well-loved traditions of its renowned holiday display, from the world-class horticulture, to the elaborate outdoor light display, to the towering, festively decorated trees both indoors and outdoors as only Longwood can create. On view Friday, November 20 through Sunday, January 10, tickets to A Longwood Christmas are available now at longwoodgardens.org.
Warmth and cheer are everywhere during A Longwood Christmas. Inside Longwood’s 4-acre Conservatory, a holiday wonderland awaits. The Exhibition Hall features a classic take on the holiday with two 20-foot Frasier firs dripping in red and gold ornaments bordering a sea of seasonal plants and fountains with intertwining ribbons of red and white poinsettias. The Music Room brings the magic of Christmas morning to life with an 18-foot rotating Fraser fir, beautifully decorated packages, and overflowing stockings hung by the chimney with care. The East Conservatory will have guests dreaming of a white Christmas with a wintery white plant palette and a towering 24-foot tall Fraser fir ornamented in silver, white, and blue. The Fruit House invites all to see Christmas through the eyes of children featuring trees adorned with ornaments created by our youngest Members.
Longwood’s approach to holiday horticulture will be on full display throughout the Conservatory with thousands of poinsettias, amaryllis, fragrant paperwhites, and other seasonal crops. Living wreaths created from everything from blooming orchids to succulents, floral trees constructed from a unique variety of plant material, and unique poinsettia standards highlight the artistic skills of our horticulturists and the beauty of the season.
More than 500,000 lights grace more than 100 trees and special displays throughout the outdoor Gardens. Outdoor delights include dancing lights that simulate the fountain jets in the Main Fountain Garden, mimicking the iconic illuminated fountain performances. The towering trees bordering the Large Lake are the backdrop for an illuminated light show set to holiday music classics. In the Meadow Garden, stroll through a 140-ft tunnel of light in the winter landscape and discover a grove of glowing orbs that pulse and change color. The Wildlife Tree is bedecked with hundreds of handmade ornaments that serve as a holiday buffet for our furry and feathered friends. The always-anticipated 25-foot tall Gardener’s Tree is lit with warm white and blue accents adorned with sugar cones and gourds. In the Open Air Theatre fountains dance day and night to holiday classics, weather permitting. Young and old will delight in Longwood’s outdoor model train display as it travels past miniature Longwood landmarks illuminated for the holiday season. Created by Longwood craftsmen and local artisans, three fire pits invite guests to warm up on chilly evenings, weather permitting.
Longwood’s Terrace Restaurant, 1906 fine dining room, and Beer Garden are open daily during the holiday season, as well as concessions throughout the Gardens. Visit longwoodgardens.org for hours and dining reservation information.
A Longwood Christmas is on view November 20, 2020– January 10, 2021. 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 to visit. Gardens Premium Members do not require reservations. The Gardens are open daily 10 am -11 pm. Tickets and reservations are available now at longwoodgardens.org, as are new visiting guidelines.