Longwood Christmas is Local Tradition

Real Estate Agent with Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate

I remember back in the 1980's that we would drive up to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania to drive through and see the Christmas lights. It was free of charge and cars would line up on Baltimore Pike and slowly crawl through a loop and see the decorated trees.


How times have changed. Now November 27 through January 8, you won't see much from the highway, and you might even have to park on the other side of the highway and take a bus to the visitors' center at Longwood. Not only that, but you may see an electronic sign informing you that no tickets are available for that night. If you are not a member, you have to get timed tickets which attempt to spread out the thousands of people arriving daily.

Longwood Gardens Christmas

(Wreath in center is kalanchoe and spleenwort ferns)

I am fortunate enough to have friends who work at Longwood and their guest passes have no such restrictions, so they strolled through the decked out conservatory the other afternoon with me. After dark, we did a loop around the grounds and between it all, I ended up walking almost 3 miles.  It wasn't extra cold, so we didn't need the fire pits they had set up, but some people were enjoyng them, and many parents with tiny tots all bundled up in strollers wheeled around the grounds along with elderly and disabled in electric carts.


The loveliest sight to me is always the enchanting "floating" trees on the pond and in the Italian water gardens. Their reflections magnified the lights on the tree-shaped forms which resembled dancers with their skirts flared out and touching the water. Magnificent!


Presented by Carolyn Roland, Your Older and Historic Homes Resource in Delaware and Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania.


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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Carolyn

Longwood was a tradition for us and our kids for many years when we lived in Boston and went to my parents' house in the West Chester area for the holidays, including Christmas - I loved the conservatory. I grew up in Chester County so was familiar with Longwood Gardens early on. Truly a special place.


Dec 29, 2016 08:36 PM #1
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

I went to Longwood Gardens once with some girlfriends for my birthday - what a wonderful day that was - your description of the Gardens at Christmas is magical!

Dec 29, 2016 08:41 PM #2
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