Watch illuminated fountains dance to festive music in Longwood Gardens' Open Air Theatre. Shows run on the hour during the day and every 5 minutes beginning at 3:30 pm. (Photo © Daniel Traub courtesy Longwood Gardens)
Longwood Gardens is one of the Philadelphia region’s most special attractions, a lush world of exotic flowers and plants, with each season bringing a different pleasure: spring magnolias and azaleas; summer roses and water lilies; fall foliage and chrysanthemums; and winter camellias, orchids and palms.
This season is an extra-special time to visit Longwood Gardens, as it transforms into a brilliant winter wonderland for Longwood Gardens Christmas, a twinkling treescape bedecked with half a million lights.
Lights cascade through the branches of Longwood's beautiful American elm, lit for the very first time. (Photo © Daniel Traub courtesy Longwood Gardens)
And the 2012 holiday season is even more special than any years’ past; for the first — and likely last — time ever, you can catch remnants of Bruce Munro’s sensational LIGHT Installation from this summer alongside the magnificent Christmas displays.
If you weren’t able to see LIGHT for yourself, or even if you were and therefore know how singular it was, Longwood Gardens Christmas is an absolute cannot-miss experience.
After all, it was due to LIGHT that Longwood broke a historical attendance record of one million visitors in one year’s time.
Bruce Munro's epic Field of Light installation is still partially up -- check it out during your visit to Longwood Gardens Christmas. (Photo by William Hill courtesy Longwood Gardens)
Visitors to the East end of the Gardens can experience Bruce Munro’s Field of Light, shining in red, green and gold for Christmas.
There are an additional 15,000 lights in the Longwood Gardens Christmas display this year, partly due to the inclusion of LIGHT and partly just because Longwood has upped the ante.
Tickets for Longwood Gardens Christmas are issued for a specific date and time and are available for advance purchase now. Insider tip: the tickets are limited and sell out quickly, so be sure to reserve A.S.A.P.
Longwood Gardens Christmas
When: November 22-January 6
Where: 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
Cost: Tickets range from $8-$25
More info: www.longwoodgardens.org