Christmas at Longwood Gardens in the Brandywine Valley

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“A Longwood Christmas” at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania begins Thursday, November 24 and continues through Sunday, January 8, 2017.  And no, even though we haven’t even celebrated Thanksgiving in the Brandywine Valley  it isn’t too soon to start planning your trip for the holidays in the Brandywine Valley.  Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast and Longwood tend to book up early as do the restaurants

Bright lights on Christmas trees are silhouetted against the dark sky at Longwood Garden's holiday festival.

Over 100 trees light up the night at Longwood Garden’s holiday extravaganza.

.  If you book with us, our tickets aren’t dated and timed so you don’t have to make a commitment as to when you want to visit the dazzling trees and fountain displays.  Yes, the Longwood fountains are back after an extensive renovation and will be dancing to music during the day and at night. You might also stop by the miniature train display, visit the conservatory for a holiday sing along and hear the magnificent 10,010 pipe organ.

You’ll view 100 trees lit up throughout the gardens with over 500,000 lights (yes, half a million; that is not a typo) .  Inside the 4 acre conservatory there are 16,000 plants that include poinsettias, cyclamen, and anthurium as well as decorated trees, the tallest of which is over 90 feet high.  If you begin to feel cold, look for one of 3 fire pits placed around the gardens to warm yourself by.

Below is a fabulous web site to check out if you still need a little nudge and inspiration to visit the Brandywine Valley during the Holiday Season.  The web site is www.donnan.com/Longwood-Christmas.htm and it has fabulous pictures as well as the sounds of Justin Hartz who led a Christmas carole sing-along in the Grand Ballroom while playing Longwood Garden’s 10,010 pipe Aeolian Organ.  Below is one of the nine pipe chambers that line the right wall of the room shown in the photo.   Below that is a picture taken in the four acre conservatory.

Pipe chamber for Aeolian organ

Longwood pond and waterfall