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November 28, 2011

Longwood Gardens Christmas Is Back, A Holiday Wonderland Featuring 9,000 Gingerbread Cookies, A Giant Gingerbread House And More Than 400,000 Twinkling Lights

See Longwood landmarks recreated in gingerbread, and stand beneath towering trees adorned with gingerbread ornaments. This is a holiday outing the entire family will eat up! (Photo courtesy Longwood Gardens)

Longwood Gardens has transformed into a gingerbread fantasy in honor of the annual Longwood Gardens Christmas, which opened this past Thursday, November 24 and runs all the way through January 8.

The Liz Marden Gourmet Cakes & Desserts Bakery in Kennett Square baked 9,000 gingerbread cookies for the festive display, in addition to intricately decorated gingerbread houses modeled after the Conservatory and Perice-du Pont House. Get a behind-the-scenes look from this video preview.

Fun fact: for the gingerbread replica of the Conservatory, the bakers used 32 pounds of flour, 18 pounds of corn syrup, 8 pounds of butter, 10 pounds of brown sugar, 16 tablespoons of cinnamon, and 8 tablespoons of ginger.

You can stand beneath towering trees adorned with gingerbread ornaments, revel in the candy-laden Music Room overflowing with sweet holiday cheer, and enjoy the more than 400,000 twinkling lights and spectacular fountain shows composing a brilliant wonderland perfect for the holidays.

Longwood Christmas is both indoors and outdoors, so dress accordingly. And look out for special events all season long, including organ concerts, Christmas choirs and more.

You must get timed tickets for Longwood Gardens Christmas this year; you can purchase them online.

Longwood Gardens Christmas
When: November 24-January 8
Where: 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
Cost: Tickets range from $8-$25
More info: www.longwoodgardens.org

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