Longwood Gardens

Longwood from Home

As trees are being trimmed and carols being sung, we hope you are finding the joy and spirit of the holiday season all around (and in this week’s Longwood from Home!). Read on to get creative with a new paint-by-number, go behind the scenes with a front-row look at our ornament collection, prepare for your A Longwood Christmas visit, and more. 

A Longwood Christmas – Book Now!

If you haven’t made your Member reservations to join us this holiday season, now is the time to do so! Reservations and tickets are limited and many time slots are sold out. As a reminder, reservations are required every day throughout A Longwood Christmas from open to close (except for Gardens Premium Members).
This year with our reduced capacities, we have especially needed to manage admissions to ensure Members and guests have plenty of space to enjoy the Gardens. To help make room for all to enjoy the beauty of A Longwood Christmas, please make Member reservations for only those days and times you intend to visit. Should your plans change, please contact us at 610.388.1000 to cancel your reservation in order to make room for another Member or guest to visit. Due to the way our reservation system is set up, we must cancel your reservation for you. Thank you for your understanding.
A  Longwood Christmas is on view through January 10 from 10 am to 11 pm daily. 
Need a visiting refresher? Hear about our new guidelines from our Associate Director of Membership.

Go Behind the Scenes

Listen along as our Associate Director of Display Design Jim Sutton takes you behind the scenes of the fantastically varied and festive Longwood ornament collection that spans more than 55,000 ornaments. Learn how we store, categorize, and use the ornaments in our annual A Longwood Christmas display!

Paint a Longwood Landscape

Get in the holiday spirit with our new A Longwood Christmas paint-by-number activity! Print out the template and then, using your own paints and supplies, create a holiday scene of our Gardens right from the comfort of your home. 

Puzzle Away

Get in the spirit of the season with a new jigsaw puzzle featuring A Longwood Christmas. There is an option for younger puzzle lovers too! In addition to our puzzles, check out the latest Members-only virtual offerings for a range of activities to do from home, and find answers to our Thanksgiving Day crossword activity.

Delve into Gardens History

Built in 1923, the Music Room was originally used for private entertaining by Pierre S. and Alice du Pont. It housed the first organ console and one of du Pont's two Steinway concert grand pianos. The Longwood Steinway is a nine-foot, leaf-figured concert grand, manufactured by Steinway and Sons in Queens, New York. The rare walnut patterned veneer was specially ordered to match the wood paneling in Longwood’s Music Room.  
Every year during  A Longwood Christmas, we transform the Music Room into an imaginative space (with a new design each year), serving as a guest-favorite element of the display. You can learn more about designing this year’s Music Room display on our blog.  

Discover Membership

Members are invited to join Longwood staff on December 15 at 6 pm for a virtual introduction to our Gardens and discover all your Membership has to offer. Learn more about your Member benefits, visiting tips, and the history of Longwood. Afterward, enjoy a fun Gardens activity!

Share the Longwood Love

Longwood Love
The holiday season is a time of joy, traditions, and memories. Please share your favorite holiday moments from our Gardens. Submit them through our #LongwoodLove initiative on our website or use #LongwoodLove when posting online.
This week, reflect in the story of Member Helen S.:
For my 60th birthday in early January several years ago, I planned a solo trip to Longwood to see the Christmas display. My husband had some plans with his buddies. At the last minute, he ditched the guys and came with me. We spent glorious hours prowling the decorated gardens and eating in the Cafe. One of my favorite photos of him comes from the Conservatory that evening. We didn't know that would be the last birthday we would spend together. He died suddenly and unexpectedly four months later. I treasure that trip to Longwood as one of our happiest times.
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