A glow created by over 500,000 twinkling lights puts Longwood Gardens at the top of everyone’s list…
It’s the “Holidays” in the Brandywine Valley.
Don’t spend all of your time running from store to store, frantically trying to find that perfect gift when instead you can wander hand in hand in the winter wonderland in Pierre DuPont’s Garden, Longwood, from mid-November through the 2nd week of January. This year Longwood has colorful fountains dancing, glimmering starry snowflakes hanging overhead. In the Conservatory you’ll see blue and white twinkling lights, whirling fountain features, thousands of seasonal plants, and a bounty of trees with icicles and fountain-inspired glass ornaments on display. Outside, a magical world awaits. From the Italian Water Garden illuminated with a 20-foot tree form, to a maple tree with its roots aglow near our Meadow Boardwalk, to the colorful fountains of our Open Air Theatre, there is holiday magic everywhere and over a half- million lights illuminate more of the outdoor gardens than ever before. Please don’t forget the Garden Railway for the young and young at heart. To cut down on crowds and long waits, admission is by timed tickets, only, so please go to: https://tickets.longwoodgardens.org for all of the details or better yet go to http://longwoodgardens.org/visit/christmas-special-offers to see the specials that some of our B&B’s and other businesses are offering. Hours are extended to 10PM most days throughout the holiday season.
Now don’t stop there, on to the Brandywine River Museum (Thanksgiving through New Year’s). Most importantly for the holidays, everyone becomes a child again when they see the O gauge train display on over 2,000 feet of track. The antique dolls are back, depicting a new scene. The Holiday Shop continues be held in the museum courtyard, where you’ll find handcrafted dolls, scarves, jewelry, pottery and more. The big Critter sale is the first weekend in Dec. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. when handcrafted “critter” ornaments” made by the museum volunteers are for sale in the museum’s lecture room. Admission is free for the sale. After the sale you’ll find a limited number in the Gift Shop, (but hurry, they won’t last long). If you don’t know what critters are, come to the Brandywine River Museum, through New Year’s. You don’t know what you’re missing.
It’s Yuletide at Winterthur, come glimpse into Yuletides past and be inspired to create your own spectacular celebrations Thanksgiving to New Years. From sparkling trees to stunningly decorated rooms, you’ll enjoy the DuPont way of life with holidays past including the Gilded Age. Just come for the spectacular dried flower tree, and it will be worth the trip. Timed Yuletide Tour tickets are required for both Members and nonmembers. Winterthur is open daily (including Mondays) during Yuletide, 10:00am–5:00 pm and evening hours on some Wednesdays.
You can also partake in related programming opportunities including floral design & family workshops, crafts, a live performance of A Christmas Carol (by Charles Dickens’ great great grandson), and nighttime events such as Yuletide Jazz and Wine.
Did we mention the incomparable Nemours mansion where you’ll experience rooms beautifully decorated with historical artifacts, including some displayed for the first time. Limited Christmas tours- now through New Year’s. Check on possible special evening tours from 5:30 to 7:30 on a few evenings, featuring live music and light refreshments.
Christmas at Hagley features dining room displays, heavily decorated Christmas trees, and family-owned objects not displayed at any other time of ... in the dining room, Victorian decorations and a table-top Christmas tree surrounded by toys in the upstairs parlor and library. Thanksgiving through New Year’s with Twilight tours of Eleutherian Mills (the original DuPont mansion) on limited Dec. evenings.
This is just the beginning of a plethora of incredible holiday treasures on display and inviting activities throughout the holiday season. Don’t delay. Call now to reserve your stay in the holiday-filled Brandywine Valley, Santa’s favorite stop in Pennsylvania.
The Brandywine Valley truly has it all.
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