Seasonal Highlights: Holiday 2020

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HO LI DAY A Longwood Christmas November 20–January 10

Same Beauty, New Guidelines Please see our new visiting procedures for the holiday season, as detailed throughout this brochure. We can’t wait to welcome you to the warmth and cheer of A Longwood Christmas.

A Longwood Christmas On View November 20, 2020–January 10, 2021 This holiday season experience all the traditions that make A Longwood Christmas so special. Find heartwarming moments amid towering trees laden with one-of-a-kind ornaments … marvel at horticultural artistry in the form of floral trees and wreaths … and watch your family’s eyes sparkle along with our dazzling light display. Celebrate the nostalgia of past holiday memories—and share in the excitement of many more memories to come. A spirit of merriment, of joy, of timehonored happiness awaits you. Warmth and cheer are here.

Members, Plan Ahead Make your holiday oh so merry and bright by planning ahead for A Longwood Christmas this year.

For the safety and health of our guests and staff, please note our new holiday season visiting procedures: –W e have limited our admission capacity for the season.

– F ree, timed Member reservations are required from open to close every day during A Longwood Christmas, and should be made in advance.

–G ardens Premium Members do not require reservations.

–O n-site ticketing and Member reservations are not available.

–W eekdays may be a great time to enjoy the Gardens with more reservation availability.

–W ith a timed Member reservation, you may enter the Gardens as early as a half-hour before or half-hour after your entry time. Later or earlier arrivals cannot be accommodated.

Bringing a Guest? Complimentary Guest Tickets are not valid on blackout dates during A Longwood Christmas. Blackout dates are all Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during A Longwood Christmas through January 3, 2021 and every day December 25, 2020 through January 3, 2021. Check your tickets as restrictions may apply. Guests using Complimentary Guest Tickets do not require additional timed tickets.

Member Guests & General Admission Buy Before You Arrive · Timed Tickets Required · Tickets Limited Admission to A Longwood Christmas is by Timed Admission Ticket with tickets issued for a specific date and time. Guests not included in a Membership require a Timed Admission Ticket. We cannot accommodate a Member’s request for tickets if we are sold out. Purchase in advance as tickets sell out.

Reservations and tickets available now:

Give the Ultimate Gift Give the gift of year-round Gardens access with a Gift of Membership. Not only does a Gift of Membership give your recipient a year of beauty and discovery, but helps support Longwood’s legacy of excellence in horticulture, education, and the arts. Learn more at gift-membership.

Good Tidings For All

Same Beauty, New Guidelines Know Our Visiting Guidelines. Please honor the visiting guidelines we’ve created in accordance with state and local regulations. Face masks are required (ages 2 and older) in both indoor and outdoor public spaces, unless individuals are outside and are able to consistently maintain a distance of six feet from individuals who are not members of their household. Visit to help you prepare for your visit. You will also receive an email prior to your visit that details our visiting guidelines. Know Our Conservatory Guidelines. Our Conservatory will feature a one-way walking route throughout and face masks are required. Food and beverage consumption, as well as tripod use and professional photo shoots, are not permitted inside the Conservatory. The Indoor Children’s Garden is closed; Organ Sing-Alongs and choral performances will not take place this year. Buy Before You Arrive. We have limited our admission capacity for the season, so plan ahead and make your Member reservations in advance. Print your Member reservations and tickets at home and show them upon entry or go paperless and open them on your smartphone prior to entering the Visitor Center. Parking is Free and Available Only in Our Main Lot. Handicap parking with your permit is available in the main lot. Please note: Due to limited capacities, remote parking and bus transportation are not being used this year.

Start Your Visit Together. All guests included in your party must enter the admissions queue together; please do not enter the line until all members of your party are present. The Visitor Center lobby is not available for waiting for other members of your party.

Getting Around the Gardens. Shuttle service is not provided. A limited number of wheelchairs and scooters are available on a first-come, firstserved basis. Strollers are not available. You are welcome to bring your own mobility device. xperience Our Lights and Fountains. Our outdoor lights and fire pits E begin to come on at 12 pm daily. Our Open Air Theatre fountain shows run daily from 10 am–11 pm, while our Large Lake and Main Fountain Garden light displays run daily from 4–11 pm (weather permitting). Bundle Up! A Longwood Christmas is both indoors and outdoors. Be Sure You Have All You Need. Once you enter the Gardens, you may stay as long as you wish. Once you leave the Gardens, there is no re-entry, so please make sure you have everything you need before entering. Map Your Route. Visit on your smartphone to see all the locations throughout the Gardens filled with Christmas cheer. You can also find a detachable Conservatory and outdoor gardens map in this brochure to bring with you. Printed maps are not available on-site.


Shop with Us. As re-entry is not permitted, we ask that you shop in our GardenShop prior to entering the admissions queue or at the conclusion of your visit. The GardenShop entrance and exit are on the Visitor Center patio to the left of the main entrance doors. Check our website for real-time ticket and Member reservation availability:

Fantastically Festive Features Food & Spirits Enjoy delicious dining options in our Beer Garden, Café, and 1906 throughout A Longwood Christmas. Outdoor concessions are also available throughout the Gardens. The Café Enjoy à la carte options for the entire family, from readyto-eat sandwiches and salads to hot entrée selections to freshly prepared desserts. When dining at The Café, you may use mobile ordering via your mobile device. When ordering, log in using your Longwood Member username and password to receive your Member dining discount. Daily: 11 am–9 pm

Garden Railway

Beer Garden Enjoy grab-and-go beverages, snacks, and more.

Make memories at our holiday Garden Railway. Miniature model trains rumble through a beautifully landscaped setting complete with twinkling lights.

Monday–Thursday: 4–10 pm Friday–Sunday: 12–10 pm December 18–January 3 Daily: 12–10 pm Beer Garden hours are weather permitting. 1906 Savor a full-service prix fixe ticketed dining experience at 1906. Advance registration and prepayment required. For menus and reservations, visit Lunch Daily: 11:30 am–2 pm Dinner Nightly: 4–8 pm November 26, December 24, December 25: 11:30 am–7:30 pm

Daily: 10 am–11 pm Location: Near The Terrace Restaurant Weather permitting

Live Holiday Music Revel in the delightful instrumental sounds of Rob Dickenson and the Brandywine Christmas Minstrels as they celebrate the season. November 27–December 20 Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 5–8 pm December 21–24 and 26–27, January 1–3 Daily: 5–8 pm Location: Peirce-du Pont House Plaza Weather permitting

Fire Pit Fun For All Daily: 12–11 pm Weather permitting Locations: Italian Water Garden, Peirce-du Pont House Plaza, Main Fountain Garden Designed and created by our staff, our three unique fire pits are the perfect place to warm up as you explore our magnificent outdoor display.

Open Air Theatre Fountain Shows Our Open Air Theatre fountains run daily from 10 am –11 pm. Shows are weather permitting. Please note: While the Main Fountain Garden will feature a holiday light display, fountains will not run during this time. Main Fountain Garden fountains return May 6, 2021.

Light Displays Enjoy light displays choreographed to holiday music in our Main Fountain Garden and by our Large Lake, running every five minutes from 4–11 pm.

Want holiday updates, beautiful photos, and sell-out alerts? Be sure to follow us @LongwoodGardens on Twitter and Instagram, and like us on Facebook.

Outdoor Gardens Map

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Bring this Map with You! Simply detach this map and bring it with you during your visit; printed maps are not available on-site.

Garden Railway 10 am–11 pm Weather Permitting

Conservatory Entrance


Indoor Christmas Display

Open Air Theatre Fountain Shows


Run daily from 10 am–11 pm Weather Permittin

Fire Pit 12–11 pm Weather Permitting



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Main Fountain Garden Light Display Runs every five minutes from 4–11 pm


Drinking Fountain



Emergency Phone






Garden Exit

Meadow Tunnel Light Display

Meadow Garden Entrance/Exit

H Italian Water Garden Light Display

Fire Pit 12–11 pm Weather Permitting






Peirce-du Pont House Christmas Display

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Fire Pit 12–11 pm Weather Permitting



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Hanging Orbs Light Display


A Visitor Center Entrance/Exit

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Runs every five minutes from 4–11 pm

Wildlife Tree

Garden Features A Visitor Center and The GardenShop B Conservatory (see reverse for map) C Main Fountain Garden 36 Historic Pump Room D & Gallery E The Terrace: The Café, 1906, and Beer Garden F Open Air Theatre G Peirce-du Pont House H Italian Water Garden I Chimes Tower J Meadow Garden

1 Idea Garden 2 Children’s Corner 3 Flower Garden Walk 4 Small Lake 5 Peirce’s Woods 6 Large Lake 7 Canopy Cathedral Treehouse 8 Peirce’s Park 9 Birdhouse Treehouse 10 Lookout Loft Treehouse Suggested Christmas Light Display Route Wheelchair and Scooter Accessible Path Gardens are smoke-free

Emergency Shelter

Mother’s Room

Scooter Charging Station

Conservatory Map A Longwood Christmas

Palm House


Mediterranean Garden

Estate Fruit House

Growing House Growing House

Fern Passage Cascade Garden

Tropical Terrace

Rose House

Waterlily Display

Orchid House Banana House

Acacia Passage Silver Garden

Conservatory Key Seasonal Display

Public Restrooms


Children’s Tree Display

Drinking Fountain


One-way Route

Emergency Phone




Mother’s Room

Pipe Organ & Gallery

Music Room



East Conservatory


Exhibition Hall

Main Conservatory

Green Wall


Exit Only

Restrooms on Lower Level

Indoor Children’s Garden

Camellia House


Garden Path

Holiday Performances Enjoy harmonized holiday classics amid our glistening outdoor display as Rob Dickenson and the Brandywine Christmas Minstrels perform instrumental music outside of the Peirce du-Pont House on select dates. November 27–29 December 4–6, 11–13, 18–24, 26 & 27 January 1–3 5–8 pm Weather permitting

December 4 Applications due for Take Flight!

Calendar of Events

A Bird Garden STEAM Design Challenge**

15 Virtual Member Orientation 6 pm*

January 11 Conservatory closed for A


Chrysanthemum Festival On View Now–November 15

Garden Railway On View Now–January 10, 2021

Longwood Christmas removal Outdoor gardens open 10 am–5 pm Member reservations not required

12 Closed for A Longwood Christmas removal

Horticulture Education Members-only

Member Appreciation Day 14 10 am–6 pm

16 Closed for A Longwood Christmas installation

* Advance registration required: or 610.388.1000 * *Find more information at

17 Closed for A Longwood Christmas installation

18 Conservatory closed for

A Longwood Christmas installation Outdoor gardens open 10 am–6 pm Member reservations not required

Virtual Member Orientation 12 pm*

19 Conservatory closed for

A Longwood Christmas installation Outdoor gardens open 10 am–6 pm Member reservations not required


Longwood Christmas A On View Now–January 10, 2021

Please note: Organ Sing-Alongs and choral performances will not take place this year. The Indoor Children’s Garden is closed.

Highlights From Our Gardens The Tradition Continues This Christmas we celebrate all of the traditions that make A Longwood Christmas so special … and our expert staff that makes it possible. From our traditional poinsettia standards to our living wreaths to our floral trees, our horticultural excellence leads the way. Outside, hundreds of thousands of outdoor lights set a festive mood, while our light shows set to holiday music, both near the Large Lake along a Pierce’s Woods backdrop and in the Main Fountain Garden, warm the heart. As you step foot in our East Conservatory, you’ll be greeted with a palette of wintery white, cool blue, and silver, evoking the feeling of refreshing, brisk air … but experienced in the comfort of our Conservatory. Draped in hues of blue, white, and silver, our towering 24-foot East Tree furthers the East Conservatory’s invigorating feel. Outdoor Landscape Manager Roger Davis, who leads the East Tree design and installation, was inspired by “an appreciation for our loved ones and community” and

conveying a “refreshing winter feeling while inside. The chill in the air and the joy of the season make this my favorite time of year,” shares Roger. The jovial sounds of fountains beckon you to the Fern Floor, where a delightful display of intertwining poinsettia ribbons flowing among fountains and surrounding red- and gold-decorated trees evokes a feeling of warmth and wonder. Led by Horticulture Specialty Grower Kevin Bielicki, the display “hearkens back to some of our past traditional floral displays but reconfigured in a new, contemporary way.” For Kevin, the design brings him back to his childhood when “it was always a tradition to completely decorate our house inside and out, building great memories along the way. Designing an experience to help guests generate memories for years to come is very satisfying,” he shares. Speaking of warmth and wonder … our Music Room is a delight just waiting to be unwrapped. This iconic A Longwood Christmas space is decked out in a theme reminiscent

of a nostalgic Christmas morning, with overflowing stockings hanging from the mantel and an 18-foot-tall Fraser fir rotating in the center doorway, with beautifully decorated presents waiting underneath. Senior Horticulturist April Bevans, who has led the design of the Music Room for nearly a decade now, shares that “the room is dressed for a traditional Christmas and this year is just the right time for that feel. I always go into designing the Music Room with a story in my head, and this year I envisioned the most beautiful sitting room that calls us all back to the visions of the holidays as a child.” Other delights waiting to be discovered throughout our Conservatory include an ombre-swathed tree amid a vibrant meadow in our Mediterranean Garden and spectacular living trees of tropical foliage in our Palm House, Tillandsia in our Cascade Garden, and poinsettia and Artemisia in our Rose House. Outside, more beautiful horticulture in the spirit of traditional A Longwood Christmas beauty awaits. Our 25-foot

Gardener’s Tree is enveloped with ornaments, sugar cones, gourds, and a handmade grapevine garland, as well as topped with gilded curly willow and Paulownia pods. As in many years past, our Wildlife Tree nourishes our feathered and furry friend with its handcrafted edible ornaments, and our Peirce-du Pont House Conservatory and Heritage Exhibit Rooms feature multicolored décor as bright and cheerful as the season itself. Senior Horticulturist Lauren Hill, part of the team who decorates the Peirce-du Pont House for the season, loves that the house calls for attention to “tiny details,” as guests can view everything up close in this space. Lauren always feels inspired by her own childhood when decorating the house, sharing “When I was little I would wake up early in the morning when it was still dark to go and plug in the Christmas trees. My mother had a tree for each of us four kids. I would lay on the floor under the lights and at Longwood I want to create that same magical escape for our guests this year, to feel the brightness of the holidays."

Winter Wonder On View January 23–March 21, 2021

This winter, it’s all about outdoor spacious and indoor oasis. Outside, envelop yourself in a feeling of peace and tranquility with a walk amongst the dramatic silhouettes of trees that stretch far into the sky, as soothing, textural grasses and seed heads guide you along the way. Take time to examine the fine details of the winter garden, set against the fresh, crisp air of winter. Inside, step into a sanctuary of warmth. Look up to an overhead garden of hanging baskets adorned with such vibrant beauties as jasmine, capeprimrose, and lipstick-plant. Find yourself in a paradise of flowers and foliage, bursting with color … all in a beautiful indoor winter wonderland with a tropical twist. Warm up to winter.

Gardens Information Gardens Hours A Longwood Christmas November 20, 2020–January 10, 2021 Daily: 10 am–11 pm Please Note Our Gardens are closed all day November 16 and 17 for A Longwood Christmas installation. Our Conservatory remains closed November 18 and 19 for installation, while our outdoor gardens are open 10 am–6 pm. Member reservations are not required on November 18 and 19. Our Conservatory is closed January 11 for A Longwood Christmas removal, but our outdoor gardens are open 10 am-5 pm; no Member reservations are needed on January 11. We are closed January 12. Tickets Gardens Admission Adults: $30 Seniors (62+) and College Students with student ID: $27 Youth (5–18): $16 Children 4 & under: Free Additional pricing details available on our website. Member Reservations Free timed Member reservations are required every day during A Longwood Christmas from open to close. Gardens Premium Members and guests included in their Membership do not require timed reservations throughout A Longwood Christmas. Blackout dates not valid for Complimentary Guest Tickets All Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during A Longwood Christmas, through January 3, 2021 and every day December 25, 2020 through January 3, 2021. Check your tickets as restrictions may apply. Visit for more details. Prices and hours are subject to change.

Dining at The Terrace The Terrace is a Certified Green Restaurant through the Green Restaurant Association and offers these dining experiences: The Café, 1906, and the Beer Garden. For menus, hours, and 1906 reservations visit When dining at The Café, you may use mobile ordering via your mobile device. When ordering, log in using your Longwood Member username and password to receive your Member dining discount. For Your Convenience Longwood Gardens covers many acres. There are no shuttles within the Gardens. A limited number of wheelchairs and scooters are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Strollers are not available at this time. You are welcome to bring your own mobility device. Supply limited, reservations not accepted. Parking Longwood offers free parking for our guests and is available in our main lot. Please note: Remote parking, as well as bus transportation between remote parking and the Gardens, are not being used this year. Follow Us @LongwoodGardens #LongwoodGardens #LongwoodChristmas

Phone: 610.388.1000 Website: Free WiFi available: Connect to FreeGardenWIFI Our Gardens are smoke-free. Photography credits: Richard Donham, Hank Davis, Mary Rinderle Smith, Eileen Tercha, Daniel Traub and David Ward Illustrations by Morgan Cichewicz © 2020 Longwood Gardens

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