Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley will soon be filled with holiday spirit! A Longwood Christmas is an annual #VisitWilm tradition. This year, the renowned gardens of the Brandywine Valley, will feature the many shapes of the season with a display that is rich in both nostalgia and invention. The inspired beauty will feature holiday favorites such as poinsettias, pinecones, and snowflakes, as well as shapes unique to Longwood Gardens.

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Indoor Display

Inside Longwood’s 4-acre Conservatory, awaits a whimsical wonderland with a larger-than-life, handcrafted 400-foot long ribbon entwined with giant ornaments nestled among a forest of trees culminating in a towering Christmas tree decorated in red, gold, and silver ornaments.  

The Music Room will be transformed into a confectionary lover’s dream, decorated for the holidays featuring two 18-foot Fraser firs dripping in pastel Christmas candy. In a collaboration with America’s oldest candy store, Shane’s Confectionary in Philadelphia, the Music Room will showcase vintage candy molds and clear toy candies, a once popular Pennsylvania German Christmas tradition. The “front counter” will be filled with horticulturally themed chocolates, lollipops, and cookies delivering a satisfying sugar rush, while apothecary jars filled with artistic lollipops and other sweet favorites in a rainbow of colors delight the senses.  

Become tickled pink in the Rose House featuring a living tree decked out in more than 150 ‘Christmas Joy Pink’ poinsettias as handcrafted chandeliers glow from above. In the Ballroom, an 18-foot Fraser fir will drip in crystal ornaments fashioned in shapes reminiscent of the crystals found in the 90-year-old chandeliers and sconces that adorn the majestic room.

In addition to the decorative grandeur, horticulture grandeur abounds. Thousands of poinsettias, amaryllis, fragrant paperwhites, and other floral finery will fill the conservatory. Living wreaths fashioned from everything from orchids to succulents, and trees fashioned from a variety of plant material highlight the artistic skills of their horticulturists and the beauty and diversity of nature.  

Longwood Christmas Decorations Entryway

Outdoor Magic

More than 500,000 lights will grace 150 trees throughout the outdoor Gardens. Exciting displays include dancing lights will 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 a repeating 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 architectural orbs that will pulse and change to the rhythm of holiday favorites.  The Wildlife Tree will be swathed in skeins of yarn accentuating the tree’s structure, while hundreds of handmade ornaments are planned to serve as a holiday buffet for furry and feathered friends. The always-anticipated 25-foot Gardener’s Tree showcases some of nature’s most unique shapes– ornamental gourds.

In the Open Air Theatre, fountains will dance day and night to holiday classics. Visitors young and old will delight in Longwood’s outdoor train display as it travels past miniature Longwood landmarks illuminated for the holiday season. 

Not only will the gardens be filled both inside and out with beautiful horticultural displays, but the Brandywine Valley’s Botanical Garden will also feature live performances throughout the season. Longwood’s grand Ballroom will play host to free and ticketed holiday-inspired performances as well as daily carol sing-alongs performed by the garden’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 are set to play holiday music every half-hour.

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A Longwood Christmas will run November 22, 2019– January 5, 2020. 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 will not be required to have reservations. Tickets and reservations are available now at longwoodgardens.org.