Longwood Gardens Christmas, A Twinkling Wonderland Bedecked With 500,000 Lights, Returns For The 2012 Holiday Season On November 22

Longwood Gardens transforms into a brilliant winter wonderland for Longwood Gardens Christmas, a twinkling treescape bedecked with half a million lights. (Photo courtesy Longwood Gardens)

No holiday in Philadelphia is complete without a visit to Longwood Gardens Christmas, where 500,000 twinkling lights, thousands of poinsettias, magnificent Christmas trees and spectacular fountain shows will transform the property into a brilliant winter wonderland.

Longwood Gardens Christmas opens on Thursday, November 22 and will stay up through January 6.

Horticultural highlights include topiaries and conifers outdoors, and amaryllis, begonias, calla-lilies, heathers, orchids, poinsettias, primroses, red roses, winterberry hollies and more indoors.

Stand beneath towering trees adorned with lights and holiday decor, and let Longwood’s majestic nightly fountain shows put stars in your eyes.

Tickets are issued for a specific date and time and are available for advance purchase now. Insider tips: the tickets are limited and sell out quickly, so be sure to reserve A.S.A.P.

Prices vary based on peak or non-peak times: non-peak is Mondays through Fridays, excluding December 26–31, which costs $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and $8 for students. Peak time is Saturdays, Sundays and December 26-31, and costs $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $11 for students. Kids under four always enter for free.

It's the most wonderful time of the year at the stunning Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square. (Photo courtesy Longwood Gardens)

Good to know: Longwood’s outdoor holiday lights and fountain theater shows set to holiday music come alive at 3:30 p.m. every day so if you want to start early, feel free. Alternatively, if you want to visit on a Peak Day, Longwood suggests arriving after 8 p.m.

Longwood also has a whole season of holiday programming planned in conjunction with its Christmas display, including Christmas Organ Sing-Alongs, Holiday Jazz with John Pizzarelli and more. You can find the full schedule here.

Coming at the end of a record attendance year of 1,000,000 thanks to Bruce Munro’s Light installation, Longwood Gardens Christmas is a must-see holiday attraction.

Check out a few more photos below to get a sneak peek of what to expect, plus a time-lapse video for a behind-the-scenes look at how the annual display is assembled.

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

Longwood's Conservatory is one of the world's great greenhouse structures. It shelters 20 indoor gardens and 5,500 types of plants. (Photo courtesy Longwood Gardens)
Even in the daytime, Longwood Gardens Christmas is a feast for the eyes. (Photo courtesy Longwood Gardens)

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