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A Christmas fantasy awaits guests to Longwood Gardens near Kennett Square, PA, from late November through early January each year. Dazzling floral displays, stunning trees, holiday music, 500,000 outdoor lights, dancing fountains and ice skating under the stars are just a few of the highlights of the popular Longwood Gardens Christmas.
Experience the magic.
In the 4.5-acre heated Conservatory, thousands of poinsettias accented with amaryllis, narcissus, begonias, cyclamen, and tulips flourish. Elegantly decorated trees shimmer and sparkle with festive flair. Outdoors, ice skating performances grace Longwood’s picturesque Chimes Tower as former and future Olympians join professional skaters in shows throughout the day and evening. (To ensure seating, special tickets are required to view the skating.) Longwood’s Exhibition Hall, dazzling icicles fashioned from lights hang from the vaulted glass ceiling, creating a frosty ambiance for the stunning poinsettia tree gracing the Exhibition Hall Stage. The East Conservatory hosts a towering 26-foot Fraser Fir, while more horticultural finery, including swags of exotic plants, living wreaths, and decorated trees flourish throughout the Conservatory. Experience the holiday magic outdoors.
More than 500,000 outdoor lights adorning 74 trees in classical and free-style form styles to enchant both young and old. Fountains dance day and night to holiday music in the Open Air Theatre (weather permitting) beneath glimmering starry snowflakes. Natural edible ornaments adorn Wildlife Trees created especially for Longwood’s feathered and furry friends. The Gardener’s Tree features ornaments crafted from garden findings, including gourds, seedpods, and cones and topiary reindeer frolic in the geometric beauty of the nearby Topiary Garden.
Music is a perennial gift at Longwood Gardens. Holiday concerts in the ornate Ballroom include organ sing-alongs, and evening choral and bell choir performances by area groups. In Longwood’s historic Chimes Tower, the carillon with 62 bells plays holiday music every half hour. Strolling performances on weekends fill the gardens with holiday music at every turn.
On New Year’s Eve, Longwood will remain open until 10 pm with special festive activities for the entire family. Find fun around every corner with strolling performances by carolers, and a barbershop quartet, enjoy face painting, a balloon artist, a kids’ craft station and more! A spectacular 5-minute fireworks display tops off the fun.
Dine with delight. Enjoy sumptuous dinners, fun Breakfasts with Santa and the popular Yuletide Buffet throughout the holiday season. Families are invited to enjoy Breakfast with Santa selected days in December. Enjoy an array of breakfast items that are sure to please the entire family. Reservations are required and prices include Gardens admission.
Enjoy the holiday in style with the festive Yuletide Buffet featuring a carving station, a variety of side dishes, soups, delicious desserts and more. Reservations are required. The Buffet is open to the public selected days in December and January. Details.
In anticipation of the popularity of A Longwood Gardens Christmas, admission will be by Timed Ticket only, with tickets issued for specific dates and times. Timed Tickets limit the number of people in the Gardens at any given time, and enable guests to enjoy minimal lines and a better viewing experience. A Longwood Gardens Christmas runs from late November through early January each year.
Timed Tickets allow entry during half-hour intervals throughout the day.
Make it happpen.
Timed Tickets are on sale online or in person at the box office. Children ages four or younger admitted free with paying adult. 4 and under. Call (610) 388-1000 or complete information is available online at www.longwoodgardens.orgLocation on the planet.
1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348.
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