There is something about holiday lights and decorations that beckons to the kid in us. Toy trains, Christmas ornaments, colorful lights — the Christmas season definitely speaks to my inner child. I like bright colors and shiny things, so last year I’d added seeing Longwood Gardens to my 2014 wishlist.
Longwood Gardens offers everything your inner child — and your real child, if you have one handy — might want to see: ornaments, decorated trees, whimsical arrangements, and trees in unexpected places such as greenhouses, tree houses…
After enjoying the Conservatory, we strolled outside, to see the fountain display. We strolled through treehouses with Christmas trees topped not by angels but by bald eagles.
We also checked out the garden train — this is the 14th year the train garden has delighted kids of all ages with a whimsical display with G-scale model trains. I laughed as I recognized Toby and Thomas the Tank Engine — nostalgic favorite characters from many a children’s story read to my two boys (who are now teenagers).
|Photo credit: Duane Erdmann, volunteer photographer for Longwood Gardens|
Make sure you take time to catch at least one of the fountain shows — different Christmas music is played at each show and the fountains dance to the music. Since its 1914 Garden Party debut, this Italian-style outdoor theater has expanded from its simple original fountains to the 750 jets that create a rainbowed curtain of water. Five-minute shows run on the hour from 10:00 am–3:00 pm, and every 5 minutes beginning at 3:30 pm.
For a more recent visit, click A Longwood Christmas 2019.
Know before you go #1: Wear warm clothing that is easy to take on and off. You’ll be both inside and out during your exploration of a Longwood Gardens Christmas, so dress accordingly.
Know before you go #2: For more tips for visiting Longwood Gardens Christmas, check out http://longwoodgardens.org/visit/christmas-visiting-tips
Getting there: Longwood Gardens is located at 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348. If your GPS does not recognize the 1001 Longwood Road address, try 399 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348.
Hours: Open everyday (apparently even Christmas Day); check website for hours as these change.
Updated January 2020
Can’t get enough of the holidays? Check out the great holiday season activities we’ve already written about!