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Longwood from Home

As we welcome you to A Longwood Christmas (on view now through January 10), we also welcome you to enjoy new stories and highlights in this edition of Longwood from Home. This week, get creative with a new spot the difference activity, read about how Members contributed beautiful ornaments for our Christmas display, help make our season extra bright with a vote for Longwood, prepare for your A Longwood Christmas visit, and more. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Make Your Plans for A Longwood Christmas

With our holiday display now open, it’s time to make your plans to visit A Longwood Christmas
Book early as reservations are limited and sell-outs are expected. A Longwood Christmas is on view November 20 through January 10, from 10 am to 11 pm daily. Members reservations are required daily from open to close (except for Gardens Premium Members) and should be made in advance, as on-site ticketing and Member reservations are not available.
Hear about our new visiting guidelines from our Associate Director of Membership Melissa Dietrich.

Vote for Longwood

During A Longwood Christmas, we’re honored to share with you a dazzling display of more than a half-million twinkling lights … and we’re also honored to be nominated by 10Best/USA Today for 2020 Best Botanical Garden Holiday Lights again this year! Help us hold onto our 2018 and 2019 Best Botanical Garden Holiday Lights title by voting daily for A Longwood Christmas. You can vote once per day until voting closes Monday, December 7 at noon EST.

Spot the Difference

Get in the holiday spirit with our new spot the difference activity! Click through to find the eight differences between these two similar pictures of our Garden Railway trains.

Like a Kid on Christmas Morning

One of our many time-honored A Longwood Christmas traditions is our Children’s Trees display, where we adorn cut trees with beautiful, imaginative ornaments created by local school kids. This year, we invited our Members to create ornaments with the children in their lives for this Nectarine House display, inspired by the theme “how children imagine a Christmas tree.”
We’ve been delighted to receive such creative and inspiring ornaments from our Members, with each ornament truly illustrating the magic of the season. Thanks to these masterpieces, we’ve adorned our Children’s Trees with ornaments crafted from jewels and beads to flowers and ribbon, in subjects ranging from a chicken to the solar system and a bird’s nest to a snowman. 

Puzzle Away

Challenge yourself to our latest jigsaw puzzle featuring a beautiful A Longwood Christmas scene. There is an option for younger puzzle lovers too! Looking for more fun at-home activities? Check out our latest Members-only virtual offerings for a range of activities for all ages.

Delve into Gardens History

Christmas was an important and festive holiday for founder Pierre S. du Pont and his wife Alice, made evident by the annual Christmas party they held for staff and their families in the Conservatory beginning in the early 1920s. These beloved parties included entertainment, refreshments, and generous gifts of food, money, clothing, and toys for the staff and their families …  and a version of these parties continues today.
After Mr. du Pont passed away in 1954, the spirit of the holidays continued with the opening of “Christmas Tree Lane,” a drive-through experience of about 61,000 lights that continued through the early 1980s. Each year, more and more trees were adorned with more and more lights, until A Longwood Christmas was officially moved inside the Gardens and became the magical season we know and love today. 

Discover Membership

Members are invited to join Longwood staff on December 15 at 6 pm for a virtual introduction to our Gardens and to 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!

Your Moment at Longwood

The holiday season is a time of traditions and memories, and we hope you’ll share with us your favorite holiday moments and stories shared at Longwood. Submit them through our #LongwoodLove initiative on our website or use #LongwoodLove when posting online.
This week, delight in the story shared by Member Babette B.:
My Mom’s birthday was on September 13, in honor of her we were requested by my sister and my niece to give her the gift of time. I asked her if she would like to take a ride and see the leaves, they had just started in Western PA. She asked where would you like to go and I suggested PA, she replied with “let’s go to Longwood Gardens.” I grew up in a family business so we weren’t able to travel a lot together as one of us would stay and run the business so this was a special time for me. Over the years my Mom has frequented the Gardens with her friend Cheryl, her fiancée Bud, as well as other family members. We would drive to PA every summer in August to visit my Aunt Margaret and she would share her slides from Longwood Gardens. My first experience to visit with my Mom was this past October and what a beautiful and breathtaking experience! My Mom was the tour guide and she didn’t need the map; she navigated us through quite well like a professional! I can’t wait to go back for the Christmas lights, decorations, and flower presentation. She will be receiving a Membership gift for Christmas! So happy I finally was able to visit!
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